Continuing Professional Development

Forever Learning

“Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.”

– Dylan William

As a school, we are driven by, and committed to, the guiding principle that we are all learners; it is our professional obligation, and we can always seek to improve our knowledge and skills as educators. It is important to us that all teachers adopt a growth mindset and are receptive to the professional development ethos that we all share. We do this because it is right for our students.

To that end, all teachers are collectively responsible for the quality of teaching and learning in the school. We expect them to be engaged with their own professional development and to have excellent subject knowledge. Teachers should regularly evaluate their practice and engage with high quality evidence-based research in order to become even more proficient.

We believe that great schools grow great teachers and that happens when schools invest in and prioritise continuous professional development where they are given time to deliberately practise and hone their craft with encouragement, and open and honest dialogue.

Our Approach to CPD

WHOLE SCHOOL INSET DAYS

Three whole school training days a year where we really delve into our teaching and learning priorities, which are bespoke to our staff and their needs.

WHOLE SCHOOL MONDAY PM SLOTS

Whole school training sessions focused on our teaching and learning priorities: literacy, questioning, scaffolding, planning. Time is spent in cross-curricular groups led by experienced teachers who model strategies and allow teachers time to deepen their understanding of best practice.

OPTIONAL & DIRECTED THURSDAY PM SLOTS

Optional training sessions after school from our “Forever Learning” programme, allow staff to pursue their own areas of interest. Sometimes sessions are directed, and this is informed by our own monitoring and evaluation and personalised to the needs of the individual.

SUBJECT SPECIFIC TRAINING

Teachers are encouraged to keep up to date with subject knowledge and curriculum developments, and this can be done via faculty meetings, online courses or externally led events.

TEACHER LEARNING COMMUNITIES: FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT INITIATIVE

These are focused on our involvement with the EFA Formative Assessment initiative – groups of teachers from different faculties share good practice and “buddy up” and coach each other by dropping into each other’s lessons.

LEADERSHIP COACHING

Coaching for aspiring and existing middle and senior leaders led by external providers, such as partnership schools and leadership consultants.

RESEARCH GROUPS

Engagement with high-quality, established research, such as EEF guidance, in our T & L focus groups.

STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT LIBRARY

We encourage all staff to keep up-to-date with the latest pedagogical thinking by reading materials from our staff development library.

REMOTE ONLINE CPD

Remote online CPD whilst we are working from home. Teaching staff can click on this link to access the site: REMOTE ONLINE CPD