At Dulwich Prep London we believe that ‘great teachers make great learners’ and as a result we have a staff that is open-minded, curious and ready to nurture a vibrant learning environment. Beyond the expected academic qualifications is a rich source of talent and experience; what stands out at The Prep is the desire to share this with children, parents and colleagues, underpinned by the knowledge that a collaborative approach to education is needed.
Continuing Professional Development
At Dulwich Prep London, our Continuing Professional Development programme comprises structured courses resulting in formal qualifications, personalised annual programmes targeting chosen career paths, age-range and subject-specific training and whole staff training delivered by nationally and internationally recognised experts and leaders in education.
Our recent internal provision has included: whole staff INSET exploring pedagogy; optional sessions sharing subject-specific expertise and knowledge; leadership training for current leaders and aspiring leaders; regular ‘learning walks’ for all; twilight Teach Meets and opportunities to learn about other schools from successful leaders of the profession. Our staff also run a journal club – colleagues discussing teaching ideas and research. In addition, we hold an extensive and regularly updated Teaching and Learning library.
Currently we are running a coaching training programme, in which academic staff members are trained to be professional coaches for one another. All will be involved in study triads where teaching and learning ideas, resources and methods can be discussed, trialled and observed. The training is run by Challenging Learning and Dulwich Prep London staff.
Part of Dulwich Prep London’s commitment to teacher education is demonstrated by our partnerships with Initial Teacher Training institutions such as St Mary’s University, Twickenham and The Cambridge Partnership, through which we develop our new teachers and help keep abreast of recent research and pedagogy. In addition, we are members of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition which encourages teachers to engage in action research on set themes.