Improving teaching and learning must be at the forefront of any school's CPD
At a time of increasing change and greater educational demands in our schools, selecting the support that enables and empowers staff to move forward confidently is vital to any head teacher and school leader. It’s important to recognise that even our best teachers cannot do this alone. Equipping teachers with the necessary tools to be reflective practitioners and to search for the next best practice is vital to improving classrooms.
CPD with maximum impactWe will help you deliver effective professional development by:
- Creating bespoke programmes directly linked to your school’s improvement objectives.
- Offering practical solutions that enable you to support and improve student achievement.
- Supporting you to provide an effective framework for revising practice and evaluating the impact.
What we believe
It’s crucial that CPD in schools should be on-going and directly linked to improving teaching and learning. Recent research supports our belief that sending staff on one-day courses is often not the most effective way to adding lasting and transferable professional value to the attendees or to other staff and students in school. One-off sessions can be costly and don’t deliver the same benefits experienced by schools that invest in on-going training tailored to individual needs. We believe that to optimise the value of professional development it should be:
- directly linked to a school’s improvement objectives
- focused on pupil learning
- take place within schools
- delivered directly to the target audience
- offering opportunities for collaboration
- scheduled over an extended period of time
Backed by leading pedagogical research
The way we approach CPD training in schools is supported by leading educational research. Schools have a responsibility to provide the most effective training to staff that promotes professional growth and improves teaching and learning. Research demonstrates that the impact of CPD is most effective when a school implements an on-going training programme (Teacher Development Trust) that encourages and enables staff to work collaboratively towards long-term goals that raise standards in teaching and learning.
So whether your priorities are supporting newly appointed middle leaders, equipping staff with theory-based research that improves teaching and learning, or improving models of assessment, you can design your own training programme to be delivered to as many of your staff as you require in the place where learning takes place.
Get in touch today and we'll show you how we can make a big difference to your CPD provision.
Our four steps to successful development
Our CPD Programmes
T for Terrific Teaching
Mastering the skill of deeper questioning
As teachers we naturally ask students questions to gauge their thoughts and understanding. But how often do we ask the right questions? The questions that will develop deeper learning and take students to the next level: probing questions, challenging questions?
The art of deeper questioning in the classroom is essential to creating outstanding learning environments. This training session focuses on improving teaching and learning in line with current pedagogical theory; it will introduce you to proven teaching styles that will enliven your lessons and encourage students to learn independently.
Providing support to implement this across all subject areas and at all key stages, we coach teachers to utilise this approach both in the classroom and when re-designing curriculum plans.
On Best Behaviour
Manage a cohesive classroom
Being effective in the classroom takes more than subject matter expertise. Handling low levels of discipline, dealing with adolescent boys and girls, addressing students with varying degrees of learning needs — striking the right behavioural balance in any classroom, especially during students’ more formative secondary school years, is a skill in its own right. But without good classroom management, it is impossible to foster a positive work ethic.
This session offers essential training on all things behavioural in and out of the classroom. Sharing techniques that work with any teaching style and skills that help you cope effectively with the diverse needs of your students. You’ll also learn about positive modelling and reinforcement and how to approach colleagues and parents to discuss pivotal issues.
Assessment in Practice
Making full use of formative assessment
Over the last decade we have seen a complete shift in the way schools are assessing student understanding in the classroom. Dialogue marking and a more personalised approach to assessing students’ learning is at the forefront of educational debate today. Finding a model that works for your students — and one that outlines a clear progression path to deepen their understanding of how to make progress — is at the heart of every school agenda.
This course is all about developing better assessment practices in your school and developing an assessment for learning policy that is built around embedding formative assessment. We support your move towards assessment without levels, working alongside subject leaders and staff to build an assessment model fit for purpose in all subjects and at all key stages.
Backed by leading research we support schools and teachers in developing better use of formative assessment in any subject area and offer one-on-one support for redesigning assessment practices that fit in with the new curriculums and models of learning.
Be Inspection Ready
Face your next inspection with confidence
Are you ready for your next Ofsted inspection? Being equipped to demonstrate effective school systems and outline the evaluative measures taken to facilitate change is an essential part of a school leaders’ preparation for any Ofsted inspection. Head teachers and their senior teams will be keen to show Ofsted how they promote accountability — monitoring current practice to improve school standards on a continuous basis.
Our Be Inspection Ready programme helps leaders plan positively for inspection, though you’ll find it embraces school improvement issues that extend far beyond the bounds of the immediate brief. As part of our collaboration, we will review and evaluate your school policies and examine the procedures you have in place to meet Ofsted recommendations. We’ll also give up-to-date inspection training to staff — including all senior and middle leaders — and offer one-on-one support with practical solution-focused results.
Be Inspection Ready can include: writing, auditing and reviewing school improvement plans, self-evaluation practices and bystander observations. It can assist with inspection interview preparation and feedback on whole school policies and strategies to track, monitor and improve teaching, learning and the achievement of all learners. We’ll tailor it to suit and help you and your staff face Ofsted with confidence.
Your Next Great Play
Coaching others to succeed
Just like athletes, teachers are primed to put newly learned skills to good use — if they are brought into play through coaching. The reason is the development of skill by itself doesn’t ensure transfer. Theoretical study, observations of experts in action and practice in protected conditions help. But add effective coaching, with the opportunity for feedback and teachers can begin to transfer new skills into their active repertoire.
Using empirical research that shows the positive effect that coaching can have on team morale, development and performance, this session highlights the differences between coaching and mentoring, offers practical techniques on how coaching can be applied schoolwide and uses scenarios to demonstrate how teaching and learning can be improved through coaching.
Leading the Charge
Inspire others to drive success
There probably isn’t an educational institution in the world whose success can’t be linked to its leadership. But such success is often less a question of having someone take charge than of giving individuals the chance to take charge. Which is why it’s important to provide your budding leaders with the opportunity to explore and develop their own leadership potential through a tailored professional programme.
Leading the Charge incubates leadership qualities by helping individuals recognise their own strengths and prompting leaders, in turn, to draw out the strengths of others. The programme includes topics such as: the importance of good leadership in schools, the art of emotional intelligence, building dynamic teams, effective line management, implementing and managing change, preparing and dealing effectively with Ofsted and the new Common Inspection Framework 2015.
This unique programme helps turn teachers into leaders by helping them to discover their talents and by providing a transformative pathway that incrementally builds on successes and prepares participants for the challenges that lie ahead.
Whole School Protection
Safeguarding children in education
Those working with children must receive basic child protection training at least once a year as a statutory requirement under S175/S157 of the Education Act 2002. Safeguarding Children in Education ensures they gain a fuller awareness and understanding of the crucial role they have in child protection.
Protecting your school from unsuitable staff
Safe recruitment practices are essential for any educational establishment looking to protect the children in its care. All involved in recruitment must ensure they reflect this in their selection of a new employee. This one-day course ensures they are equipped to do so.
Delivered by an accredited trainer, Safer Recruitment covers all aspects of recruitment and child protection, helping ensure your school meets its responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Child protection training for designated safeguarding leads
Designated safeguarding leads contribute greatly to the ‘child protection ethos’ of their school. From point of concern through to referral and assessment, Safeguarding and Child Protection Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads provides them with a much greater understanding of child protection processes and the legislative duties of all staff. Using case studies and serious case reviews, participants learn how to apply effective professional practice including managing confidentiality, information sharing, recording, whistleblowing, professional boundaries and managing professional disagreement.
Championing a Pedagogical Mindset
Building teams of confident research leaders
Developed from the latest research, Championing a Pedagogical Mindset is an on-going CPD programme that will enable you to coach a team of practitioners so they become better equipped to create highly effective teaching and learning communities within your school.
It is ideal for key stage and curriculum area leaders, pastoral and subject leaders, as well as department heads and CPD and pedagogical leads wanting to use real evidence to improve the quality of teaching.
Through powerful mentoring and coaching, it provides a clear strategic framework for establishing a self-improving school.
Combining easy-to-apply best practice classroom strategies, peer and facilitated learning, reading and reflection, online webinars, school visits and consultancy support, Championing a Pedagogical Mindset can be personalised to your school’s needs.
As a result, you will enable you to make better research-backed decisions and to improve outcomes for all learners by choosing the most appropriate tools and strategies.
Lead the way to effective school governance
Based on the latest research, Rethinking Governance helps ensure best use is made of governors' skills, and that potential gaps in a school’s future pool of expertise are addressed.
As a programme, it provides governors and school leaders with a framework for acquiring new skills and building on previous good practice to help them fulfil their three core functions and all statutory requirements.
Rethinking Governance leaves governors much better informed about what inspectors regard as good practice in governorship, and also fully aware of what characterises the most and least successful school governing bodies.
The course also offers practical guidance on how governing bodies can work in harmony with school leaders, while still positively challenging them to deliver optimal outcomes for the pupils in their care.
Four steps to success
Only by fully understanding a school can you properly evaluate and determine its unique set of needs. It is our deep consultation process that enables us to deliver solutions that focus consistently and effectively on enabling pupils to achieve their full potential.
Because all schools are different, a ‘one sizefits all’ approach is not appropriate, which is why each of our programmes can be personalised to fit your school’s exact requirements and objectives.
Experienced expert consultants assigned to deliver bespoke programmes with carefully devised timetables that allocate training over an agreed period.
To ensure that learning is fully embedded, we provide follow-up material that enable on-going exploration of subjects beyond the initial training days along with guidance and tools you need to assess the impact of the training.