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Kaizen builds and maintains trust and is open to innovation and development as it places great importance upon personal responsibility and efforts are made to encourage people to put their ideas forward. Personal development is given utmost importance as all staff members are encouraged to try new ideas, extend their skills and knowledge through a range of means. Emphasis is placed on individuals reflecting on their own practice and carrying out research in order to make improvements to their own professional development as well as developments for the organisation. However, even though individuals are encouraged to reflect independently, staff do not work in isolation as it is firmly believed that successful teams don’t work in isolation hence all the teams ensure collaboration happens at a whole school level or in small teams.
The best example of how the organisation supports employee development is through Kaizen's ‘Professional Learning Framework’. This document was created collaboratively to establish ways of working, for all staff, at all levels, in order to take ownership of and direct their own learning through the support and coaching of their line manager. A key part of Kaizen's support comes from utilising staff skills and strengths to support those who need help in particular areas. This often takes the form of observing other staff members at work, work shadowing or team teaching, with reflection taking a vital role between the two members. They carefully plan the outcomes of their partnership and evaluate the impact of their work together to shape future learning. Kaizen develop coaching skills with all staff, as well as having allocated staff members as designated coaches. Staff attend a range of external courses for a range of purposes in order to develop the individual and the school. This has seen staff training internationally in the USA, France and China, which they then used to impact the organisation. Courses closer to home have also proved beneficial. Kaizen find other organisations that have strengths to match their areas of development or to stimulate their thinking and visit, observe and share learning with them. By using the self directed nature of the ‘Professional Learning Framework’, staff not only feel they are supported in their development, but it creates a positive environment for staff to be a part of.
Kaizen works towards high expectations of both adults and children. To ensure the team is driving towards success they carefully recognise and reward individual’s efforts. An example of where this is most effective is their extending schools provision - after school clubs. Adults who take on the responsibility of running an after school club are expected to organise, plan, manage the resources, including a small budget and run the club out of their normal working hours. Adults who take up this opportunity have professional support with planning and organisation if needed. This additional responsibility is rewarded by one day's paid leave which can be taken at any point throughout the school year. By introducing this reward Kaizen have found that it encourages more adults to step up and lead an after school provision which in turn means that they can offer a wide variety of out of hours learning opportunities to the children.
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At least 33% of senior managers are women
On-site gym or subsidised gym memberships
10% of staff undertake charitable activities during business hours
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