Mastering the ÏãåúÖ±²¥Learning Improvement Framework – Congratulating Newton College, Spain, on their successful External Review
In 2020, Newton College, one of our ÏãåúÖ±²¥ (ISP) schools in Spain, set itself a challenge – could it reach the highest standard of learning improvement we have for our schools?
Just three years later, under the leadership of a new headteacher, Alan Taylor, the school has fully embraced ISPâs Learning.First. approach and has achieved the highly impressive âMasteringâ status in our continuous learning framework.
The school has recently had that status validated by an independent, international evaluation team, , becoming the first of our schools anywhere in the world to do so.
Dr Maggie Wright, Regional Managing Director, Iberia at ÏãåúÖ±²¥congratulated Newton College and Headteacher Alan Taylor: âI am delighted toÌýcongratulateÌýthe exemplary work ofÌýNewton College andÌýAlan Taylor who, by adopting ISPâs Learning.First. approach, has demonstrated a deep commitment to prioritising the holistic development and growth of every student in his care.
âHis visionary leadership has been instrumental in guiding Newton College on this remarkable journey. Newton College has become the first among our 71 ÏãåúÖ±²¥schools worldwide to have this amazing achievement externally validated which reflects the exceptional efforts of our talented educators and showcases the extraordinary potential that lies within each and every one of our students and teachers.â
âNewton College has emerged as a global leader in education, setting a new standard of excellence that will continue to inspire and influence educational practices worldwide.â
Letâs take a closer look at how Newton College achieved its success.
ISPâs learning methodology
At ISP, we put learners and their learning first. Everyone is a learner with the power to take ownership of their learning and support the learning of others.Ìý
We give our schools a framework and the tools to reflect on their practices and be confident on the areas for action that will improve both student and professional learning.ÌýWe call this framework the Learning Improvement Process (LIP).
It consists of nine criteria which research shows have the greatest impact on student learning. ÌýSchools collect evidence against these areas to identify and drive whole school targets and actions. This contributes towards the continuous improvement of our students and schools and helps us be the School of Choice, wherever we are in the world.Ìý
How did Newton College use the framework to improve?
The external evaluation team, , highlighted in their report that âNewton College uses ISPâs unique approach of gathering evidence in âreal timeâ to help their students achieve the very best academic outcomes.
BPN noted that âThe schoolâs success comes from strategic, specific improvement planning around the systems and evidence required to achieve âMasteringâ in each of the nine criteria of the LIP.â
They also commented that âtheir staff, students and parents know what the school means by learning, can identify what type of learner the school is trying to develop, and they work in partnership to understand how to help all students get better.â ÌýÌý
Why does the schoolâs approach stand out?
One of the most impressive things about the schoolâs approach is how it has engaged with key stakeholders.
âThey set realistic, smart, and achievable targets, which they share with all stakeholdersâ said BPN.
Teachers and leaders â teachers and leaders are involved in contributing evidence against the review criteria. BPN noted that this was âunprecedented and serves as the gold standard for all other ÏãåúÖ±²¥schools.â In their view, this âhas resulted in a strong team of reflective teachers and leaders committed to improvementâ.
Parents â Newton College was noted for being âhighly successful in engaging with parents, who are regularly invited to participate in the learning visits to classrooms, and support in interpreting learning data to better support their childrenâs needs.â This approach means âparents understand the schoolâs aim in creating independent and confident learners and are able to work in partnership with the school to achieve this.â
Students â BPN noted âstudents (from early years to Grade 12) can describe their learning and know how they are getting betterâ.
This means that everyone in the school community is working towards the same goal using the same language of learning to continuously get better.
Fiona Lee-Allan, Director of Learning for Iberia at ÏãåúÖ±²¥reflected on the whole school community being involved: âAs a region we could not be prouder of what Newton College has achieved in such a short period of time. Their commitment in keeping a sharp focus on self-evaluation and improvement has been a whole school initiative that the wider community has also embraced. The school is at an exciting stage in their journey and to be recognised as a Mastering school is testament to the whole school communityâ.
What else was highlighted?
BPN highlighted a few areas where Newton College excels and has made the most of being part of the ÏãåúÖ±²¥community:
Academics â Newton College has achieved above-average points in the IB Diploma results for the past three years, and is ranked as one of the highest scoring schools for Spainâs University Entrance exams, EvAU.
Extra-curricular activities – âStudents and parents applaud the range of ILOS (International Learning Opportunities for Students) and the ongoing commitment to ensure students can engage in experiences, where they can practise life skills and connect with other ÏãåúÖ±²¥students across the world.â
Professional development â âMiddle Leaders at Newton College have embraced ISPâs Middle Leadership for Learning programme (MLLP), which has empowered them professionally and resulted in their own action research, enhancing and improving learning and teaching across the school.â
Alan Taylor, Headteacher, Newton College was delighted with the schoolâs success, and said their work was not finished yet: âOur simple but relentless focus upon learning has brought us to this exciting milestone in our development. Our aim has always been to engage our teachers, learners and families. From our initial steps to understand what good struggle looks like to evaluating our impact with evidence.Ìý
âI am delighted on their behalf that this work has been acknowledged through the Mastering School status. Now our work really begins as we consolidate our improvements and extend our philosophy of getting better together into other areas of school life.â
The evaluating team outlined that: âNewton College is an ÏãåúÖ±²¥Learning beacon school; it is a place where the learner and their learning is the focal point of everything they doâ¦ The approach taken by Newton College can be held as a roadmap for all ÏãåúÖ±²¥schools in their pursuit of âMasteringâ in the nine criteria of the LIP.â
Please join us as we congratulate Newton College on their success. With a number of ÏãåúÖ±²¥schools set to have their self-evaluations externally validated soon, we are looking forward to celebrating the next school to have its âMasteringâ status confirmed by independent partners.
By Emily Porter, Group Chief Education and Innovation Officer, ISPÌý
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Read more from Newton Collegeâs Headteacher, Alan Taylor, in this on âembracing the right kind of struggleâ.
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