How can a Peer Support Teacher (PST) help you/your school?
PSTs are teachers who have shown to be leading practitioners in their own schools and are keen to share their skills, knowledge and understanding with other colleagues. Typically, PSTs share their expertise by demonstrating their pedagogy in their own setting, rather than visiting other schools. A usual visit consists of a session’s observation, focussing on a previously agreed area. Then, the PST spends the following session de-briefing with the observing colleague discussing their own teaching practice.
- have excellent interpersonal skills
- are able to work sensitively and collaboratively with others
- have a commitment to supporting the development of other teachers & school improvement
- understand what outstanding teaching and learning looks like and help other teachers to achieve it in their own context
The PST role focuses on improving other teachers’ pedagogy so that they can improve outcomes for pupils in local schools. This will be achieved primarily by allowing colleagues from other schools observe and discuss their practice.
Designation and re-designation
STAR TSA PSTs are designated for 2 years. At this end of this period, all PSTs will be asked to re-designate for quality assurance reasons.
How it works
The Star Alliance Teaching Schools is responsible for the recruitment, designation, brokerage, deployment and quality assurance of PSTs.
Visits to a PST will be organised on a needs basis. The number and organisation of these visits will depend on the context of the school/teacher receiving the support. Visits will be agreed between all parties prior to taking place and the capacity of both the PST’s school and the PST will be given consideration.
The Headteacher of any school wishing to visit a PST should complete the “PST Support Request Form”, giving a clear brief as to what element(s) of pedagogy they would like to explore, and submit to the STAR TSA Business Manager.
The STAR TSA Business Manager shall then liaise with the Strategic Lead for SLEs & PSTs to match requirement to an appropriate PST and will approach the relevant headteacher to seek consent to the visit.
Once the visit is agreed between all parties, the PST will email their session plan to the observing teacher 2 days before the visit.
Following the class observation, there will be chance for the vising teacher and PST to discuss:
–the effective strategies used in their own classroom,
–and talk through concerns/questions/solutions
Each half day session in the PSTs school is chargeable by STAR TSA, who will then reimburse the PST host school for services provided at the rate determined by the alliance.
A typical visit will involve an observation during the first half session followed by an hour’s discussion of the practice and some suggestions to develop the visiting teachers practice. Example timetable:
|8.30am||PST meets with visitors and provides a context for the observation|
|9.00am -10.30am||PST is observed in their own class|
|10.30am – 10.45am||Tea/Coffee break|
|10.45am -12.00pm||PST is released from class to discuss the lesson with the visitor.|