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We know that continuous professional development is essential to ensure the provision of teaching and learning for pupils is optimum.

The Department of Education’s Trust Quality Descriptions state that high quality trust should: Encourage and enable all staff to build their expertise through evidence-based professional development and mentoring.

The DfE Standard for teachers’ professional development state that: Professional development must be prioritised by school leadership

We provide structured professional development in many ways:

Using external expertise

We have commissioned workshops from:

  • Alex Bedford, Unity Education Curriculum Development Director on Cognitive Load Theory
  • Lauren Meadows, Greenfields Education Ltd on Vocabulary Development and Implementation
  • Anna Ephgrave, National Expert on EYFS Provision
  • Mary Myatt, National Education Adviser on curriculum and wider school improvement.

Structured Peer Review

Our Headteachers work in quartets and visit each other’s schools twice a year to support and challenge on school improvement priorities.

Bringing staff together

We have embedded collaborative groups and sessions for:

  • Deputy Headteachers
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Early Career Teacher Mentors
  • Early Help Staff
  • Early Years Foundation Staff
  • Headteachers
  • Office Leads
  • Special Education Needs Coordinators
  • Support Staff
  • Teachers – subject sessions and moderation sessions
  • Trainee and Early Career Teachers