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.
At Veema we offer
- Bespoke shorter or on-going courses, blended learning programmes, personalised interactive webinars and online presentations.
- ‘On the ground’ training, including live classroom demonstrations.
- One-to-one or group coaching.
- Continued online follow-up with agreed action points.
- Feedback and support with designing ‘fit for purpose’ whole-school policies.
- Training with clusters of schools with a selected host school (brilliant for generic training).
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Our four steps to successful professional development
CPD with 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.
Here’s a flavour of what we do…
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. Our training course Safeguarding Children in Education ensures they gain a fuller awareness and understanding of the crucial role they have in child protection and will ensure they are up to date. International schools should use the guidance and legislation as a benchmark for good practice.
Part of our Keeping Children Safe CPD package
Protecting your school from unsuitable staff
Safe recruitment practices are essential for any establishment that provides services to children to incorporate into their recruitment and selection procedures measures that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children, or who are otherwise unsuited to work with them. This course can be delivered as a one-day course or two half day courses and will support you to review your own policies and practices with a view to making them safer.
Delivered by an accredited trainer, Safer Recruitment is one strand of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and keeping them safe in educational settings.
Part of our Keeping Children Safe CPD package
Child protection training for designated safeguarding leads
Designated safeguarding leads contribute greatly to the safeguarding ethos of their school and should have a ‘complete safeguarding picture’. From point of concern through to referral, assessment and beyond, Advanced Safeguarding and Child Protection Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads provides them with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil their role. Using case studies and serious case reviews, participants learn about best practice including managing confidentiality, information sharing, recording, whistleblowing, professional boundaries and managing professional disagreement.
Building and maintaining an effective governance body
Based on the latest research, Governance Leadership 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.
Governance Leadership 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.Part of our Rethinking Governance CPD package
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
With its focus on developing key headship skills, the NPQH is for those who are, or aspire to be, a headteacher or head of school with leadership responsibility. An NPQH increases understanding of what’s required to lead and develop a compelling vision for a school. The NPQH includes individual coaching, online briefings and practice-based events. Prospective candidates are assessed for their suitability and readiness for a headship role prior to acceptance. There are approximately 112 hours of guided learning.
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
The NPQSL is for senior leaders seeking professional development but not yet aspiring to headship. It is appropriate for senior leaders with cross-school responsibilities, including experienced middle leaders, deputy and assistant headteachers, SEN coordinators and other senior staff. It increases an individual’s capacity to lead across a school by improving their skills, knowledge and understanding. The NPQH consists of individual coaching, online briefings, practice- based events and a final assessment. There are approximately 92 hours of guided learning.
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)
NPQML is for those who are, or aspire to be, a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team. It improves the skills, knowledge and understanding of those looking to take on a leadership role. The NPQML requires the completion of a school improvement project and involves face-to-face events and online courses. Candidates must have their application endorsed by their headteacher. There are approximately 92 hours of guided learning.
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.