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A focus on teaching and learning

As part of the bid to pull his school out of special measures, vice-principal Ray Lau focused on developing the quality and impact of teaching and learning

Waverley Studio College has around 230 students and 97 per cent of them are from an ethnic minority heritage background. We admit an increasing proportion of students from overseas, who speak very little or no English. Part of the Waverley Educational Trust’s values is “learning through diversity”.

In May 2015 the school was placed in special measures. Following my time on the Future Leaders programme, I became vice principal in September 2016. My responsibilities include teaching, professional development, behaviour, attendance, cover, examinations and day-to-day operations.

In any school, the quality of teaching is the core purpose of the establishment and ensuring students get effective teaching is essential. Because of this, I chose to improve the quality of teaching and learning as part of my strategic role.

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