Teaching staff - internal CPD and networks
All teaching staff will receive a universal offer from their school:
- Regular whole-school training, driven by the school’s priorities and the in-school professional development lead, with support from the Centre for Professional Learning. This will be designed with the context of the school in mind, and is designed to fit with more subject-specific and individualised training which suits the career stage and expertise of specific teachers.
- Regular subject-specific training within subject teams. This will draw on the whole-school training and ensure it is considered through the lens of applicability to specific subjects, year groups, and classes.
- Regular teacher-specific training. This will be owned and run by in-school teams, and may take the form of 1-to-1 instructional coaching or teacher learning communities, and is supported by the Centre for Professional Learning.
In addition to this ‘default’ offer, there are a number of additional opportunities colleagues have access to.
- Subject networks: our heads of department in each subject are part of trust-wide subject networks, to share excellent practice between departments
- Non-subject networks: for instance, the teacher development network for teacher educators, and the curriculum development network.
- Aspiring To networks: colleagues who aspire to middle or senior leader positions in the future can join cross-trust networks where they meet with colleagues already in these roles, discuss what career development may be helpful to them in achieving their aspirations, and arrange job-shadowing or secondment opportunities.
- Ad-hoc networks: when we want to trial projects across a number of departments, colleagues will often work across the trust, facilitated by the CFPL or an education adviser. In the 2020-21 academic year we have cross-school networks working on comparative judgement assessment in English, phonics and reading development, physics subject knowledge development for non-physics specialists in science, and others.