What is Improving Our Classrooms?
Improving Our Classrooms (IOC) is a year-long programme for class teachers. It has a clear focus on high quality self-evaluation at classroom level, leading to:
Improving Our Classrooms
IOC has been running in the West Partnership for three years but the programme itself is 12 years old, originating in Glasgow City Council. In 2021-22, 134 teachers from seven local authorities participated in the programme.
This is Masters Level (SCQF level 11) professional learning and participants who successfully complete the core IOC programme gain 30 Masters Credits. The programme is accredited by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and the credits are transferrable to other institutions so that participants can use them to continue their Masters journey. In addition, IOC participants receive GTCS Accreditation for Professional Learning. The programme is fully funded by the West Partnership.
Who is IOC for?
IOC is for class teachers in the primary and secondary sectors who are clearly and consistently meeting the GTCS Standard for Registration. It is aimed at effective teachers who wish to further develop their skills in using data and self-evaluation to raise attainment in their classroom with a focus on the features of highly effective practice. All participants are required to have the support of their headteacher before applying. This is a required part of the application process.