Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

A culture of high expectation is embedded within our academy?s weekly CPD programme mirroring the Trust philosophy. Over the past three years we have developed common progressive planning processes ensuring that students progress in comparison to the national average and to similar schools. A whole school focus upon literacy, AfL, high quality feedback and student response ensures that students make rapid progress not only as a result of teacher intervention but allows students to understand how to improve their own work.

As well as full staff CPD sessions we also offer all staff the opportunity to participate in Research Groups linked to their interests and development areas. We currently have ten groups covering areas such as Literacy, SEN, Sixth Form, Transition, Critical Thinking, Dig Deeper (Project Based Learning), Cycle of Lesson Study, Careers, Boys? Attainment/ Achievement and Aspirations. All of these areas link in to our school priority areas and are guided by experienced and enthusiastic leaders who regularly meet with their groups and facilitate further investigation and research into current issues and debates linked to their areas of expertise. The research groups regularly feed into the full school CPD sessions and share their own experiences and learning.

In addition to full staff CPD sessions, the academy also provides a weekly ?Routine Refresher? workshop, which aims to allow staff to participate in discussions around areas of professional development including, school routines, data systems and classroom management.

The high proportion of outstanding practitioners, reflects a positive climate for learning where not only pupils are interested, engaged within their own learning and show commitment over time but also our staff. A significant number of staff across the trust are involved within professional development programmes at all levels. These include studying MAs in Teaching and Learning and participants in Teaching Leaders. We have also devised our own middle leadership programmes in conjunction with Northumbria University as well as facilitating NPQSL, Future Leaders and NPQH. As a result, our middle and senior leaders impact across the Trust supporting their improvement and sharing effective systems. Our ?Grow Your Own? philosophy aids succession planning with leaders promoted within a meritocracy to further effect the quality and development across the Trust.

As well as leadership programmes, we are also involved in national initiatives such as Achieve Together and actively encourage all our staff to participate in personal action research exploring different forms of pedagogy through for example project based learning or cycle of lesson study.

Achieve Together is a group where Future Leader participants can share information, their impact initiatives, develop best practice, arrange to visit schools and where appropriate look at the whole school projects in different Achieve Together schools. AT is a partnership of three education charities, Teach First, Teaching Leaders and Future Leaders Trust; united in their commitment to ensuring that no child?s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background. AT sees school staff undertaking each of the programmes. The Future Leaders Trust will develop existing senior members of staff in the school or match senior leaders with the school;Teaching Leaders will provide specialist training to middle leaders and Teach First will place selected new teachers in participating schools. Through Achieve Together your in-school team will work closely together to maximise their impact on pupils and the school, through a Collective Impact Project.