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The 4Ps: A shared language for high-quality teaching

The 4Ps offer a shared language for consistent high quality teaching and curriculum delivery. In this five-part series, Matt Bromley breaks down each one and offers practical strategies and self-evaluation criteria for teachers. In part one, he introduces the 4Ps
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One of the schools I support is on a mission to improve the quality of teaching it provides so that all students are enthusiastic to attend school and motivated to learn, are challenged and engaged by an ambitious curriculum, and are supported to make good progress and be prepared for their next steps.

The secret to the school’s success will be consistency: making sure every student receives the same high-quality education every day.

As I’ve told them, all the features of high-quality teaching already exist sometimes, somewhere in their school, they’re just not embedded every time, everywhere.

To help them on their journey, I have formulated a framework called the 4Ps. The idea is this: we want a simple way of capturing all the key actions on the school improvement plan, a means of teachers self-evaluating their current practice to identify their professional development needs, and a shared language with which to articulate their vision and values.

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