Teachers' Standard 8

Fulfil wider professional responsibilities

  • make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school
  • develop effective professional relationships with colleagues, knowing how and when to draw on advice and specialist support
  • deploy support staff effectively
  • take responsibility for improving teaching through appropriate professional development, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues
  • communicate effectively with parents with regard to pupils’ achievements and well-being.

60 seconds with a recently qualified teacher

Recently qualified teacher Cassie Thomas talks about what helped her pass her induction.

1.What advice would you give to an ECT trying to ensure they fulfil wider professional responsibilities during their NQT year?

Actively participate and actively implement advice

We all have different experiences throughout our teaching journey. You will know your strengths and which areas you would like to improve. Draw from both areas. Actively participate in staff meetings, CPDs and team discussions, talking about your own experiences and knowledge, as they are just as important. This will in turn build your professional relationships with colleagues / fellow practitioners, allow you to obtain advice which can be implemented and will ultimately improve your own practice.

2. How do you ensure you have a balance between fulfilling wider professional responsibilities and developing your teaching practice.

They are interconnected.

Many of the standards are intertwined and this includes teachers’ standard 8. Running a lunch time club, can help build your relationship with the children in your class. Open and honest communication with parents will build parents trust and communication with you, which will only benefit their child.

3.What challenges did you face when trying to fulfil your wider professional responsibilities and how did you overcome these?

With school closures and ‘bubbling’ within schools, it becomes harder to fulfil standard 8 but there are ways around it.

Instead of being able to communicate face to face with parents for prolonged periods, plan in time for emails or phone calls. Whilst not being able to hold lunch time/after school clubs or organise trips currently, you can still support your school by researching what you can do in school to enrich the childrens’ learning experience

4.What useful advice were you given by your mentor or colleagues on fulfilling wider professional responsibilities?

She often would say that anything additional that you are able to do, will only ever have a positive impact, but to also be realistic with what extra you can take on, without it negatively impacting your own wellbeing.

5.How did you evidence this for your assessment?

  • Emails
  • Staff meeting notes
  • Annotated lesson plans showing clear communication with support staff
  • Copies of communication logs with parents (redacted)
  • Meeting notes

6.Would you prefer to go on holiday to the Caribbean or the Antarctic?


7.What’s the last film that you watched?

Guardians of the Galaxy

Cassie Thomas

Cassie Thomas

Opening quoteMany of the standards are intertwined and this includes teachers’ standard 8. Running a lunch time club, can help build your relationship with the children in your class.Closing quote

Early Career Framework

The Early Career Framework outlines what early career teachers should learn about, as well as what they need to learn how to do. It is based on expert guidance and research evidence. The framework should be central to all ECTs’ development.

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