One of the Academy’s successes in recent years has been the continuing professional development of all members of the Academy community, no matter what stage they are at in their teaching career. This will continue to be an area that the Academy is fully committed to. The Leadership Team and Governors believe that a key means of improving standards of teaching and learning is through developing the skills and knowledge of all our staff, helping to enable both them and their students to reach their full potential. The following provides a brief summary of how we go about this:
1. Initial Teacher Training
We have a well-established history of providing excellent training for trainee teachers on a range of routes. As part of the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust vision, we are actively embracing and innovating in the changing Teacher Training landscape which is seeing schools take a leading role in training the teachers of tomorrow. However, just like for our own students, we believe in meeting the needs of the individual. We offer a range of routes including School Direct, Teach First and PGCE placements.
The Academy has a strong and well established programme for inducting NQTs, strong departmental support, regular meetings and training sessions, a team of experienced mentors, a full programme of observations and feedback.
The Academy is in the process of developing a programme of support for staff who have recently completed their NQT year.
4. Weekly CPD programme
On most Mondays, a 100 minute training session occurs. Sessions are delivered in a range of formats and often allow staff to identify CPD workshops that best meet their needs. A calendar of events is published at the start of the Academy year, though inevitably it is subject to change.
5. Observation and feedback
The Academy strongly believes that this is key area in enabling staff to improve on their own practice. Observations take place in many different forms at the Academy: by Curriculum Team Leaders, NQT Mentors, SLT, peers and visitors to the Academy. We also have a system of learning walks that provides us with an overview of learning and teaching practice in the Academy together with a comprehensive internal and external departmental review process.
The Academy has a full and varied programme of Inset days and evenings.
7. External training
The Academy has an outstanding record in encouraging and enabling staff to attend training outside of the Academy itself, believing that this helps us to constantly improve our own practice. Within the limitations created by cover requirements and funding, the SLT believes that external courses and meetings help to continually bring in fresh ideas to the Academy.
8. Further degrees and qualifications
The Academy has an excellent record of funding/partially funding applications for further courses, including MA degrees, NPQH, Leading from the Middle and Future Leaders.
9. In-House training programmes
The Academy has very experienced and well trained staff who themselves are able to facilitate training courses for individuals or groups of staff depending on which stage of their career they are at. We offer all staff the opportunity to develop their own practice and professional knowledge.
The coaching scheme assumes that staff within the Academy are themselves ‘life-long learners’ and open to feedback from colleagues on their learning and teaching practice. The scheme will contribute to the:
•Enhancement of learning and teaching across the departments;
•Professional development of staff through the identification of staff development needs;
•Openness of a learning and teaching culture across the Academy.
11. Sharing Good Practice
The academy has a website dedicated to sharing good practice. You can access the website here: www.teachingandlearningtoday.co.uk