Teaching Enhancement Scheme overview
The Teaching Enhancement Scheme is a developmental process centred around continual improvement. It is designed to be simple, flexible and supportive, and replaces the Peer Review of Teaching process.
We believe that all teachers have the capacity to enhance their teaching.
- the Scheme to promote self-reflection, and staff experience of it to be collaborative and mutually beneficial
- participation to be a normal expectation for all schools, faculties and services involved in teaching, and for all teaching staff.
TES encompasses all aspects of student education, such as curriculum design, assessment and blended learning, as well as teaching practice.
It should develop, not add to, existing school enhancement activities (eg learning and teaching away-days, lunchtime discussion/seminar series, working groups on assessment practices, criteria).
Review and improvement of each activity under TES normally lasts between one and two years.
Coordinating and reporting requirements
TES activities need to be agreed and coordinated. Ultimate responsibility for the quality of learning and teaching lies with the Head of School, who normally delegates coordination of TES to a nominated individual.
There are reporting requirements for everyone taking part if TES:
- The Head of School should have a system of recording staff participation of in TES. This should be a "light touch" approach for monitoring purposes, separate from management and performance processes.
- All teaching staff should engage with the TES process on an ongoing basis. Staff are encouraged to share and disseminate positive and negative ideas, outcomes and recommendations through a report. Staff confidentiality is important - more on Putting TES into action.
- TES groups should feed back any agreed outcomes to their school on an annual basis, where appropriate.
- Schools should feed back their experiences and good practice of TES through the annual review cycle with the faculty and University.