On 3rd and 4th November 2014 the Sutton Trust held an international summit on teacher effectiveness and development, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Held in Washington DC, the summit brought together 80 school leaders and teachers from a range of countries including the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Holland, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The summit provided an opportunity for teachers from around the world to share practical tools and strategies for improving observation and feedback in schools. Participants were presented with the findings of the Trust’s recent report: What Makes Great Teaching, by Professor Rob Coe and colleagues at Durham University.
In the past the Trust has shown that great teachers can have a huge impact on the achievement of children from poorer backgrounds. A Sutton Trust review found that over a school year poorer pupils taught by a great teacher can gain a whole year’s extra learning. The results of the Summit will be turned into a practical guide for schools on how to develop great teachers.