Our ‘Gold’ accredited Continuous Professional Development programme was a commended component in the The Investors in People report from April 2015, where we achieved the highest, Gold standard. The report stated “development of staff is a key vehicle in the Trust’s strategy and a rich and varied programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is on offer.” Several key strengths were identified in the report:
- Many positive instances of sharing best practice
- Prolific programme of C P D available to all staff
- Career progression feature strongly across the Trust
“Several staff spoke of how they had been encouraged to develop their own leadership skills by running small projects (such as new ideas for teaching and learning) or in presenting in-house sessions to their colleagues on development sessions. We have an emphasis on personalised training opportunities where staff can choose workshops that best suit their development requirements. One programme in particular ‘Be Outstanding Now’ was said to be a great way of improving performance, by utilising the skills of the very best teachers.
At Avonbourne Trust peer to peer learning, in terms of training and coaching, form an integral part of the CPD ethos; in essence we value the skills, knowledge and understanding of our colleagues and hope to utilise these in order to benefit others and promote a culture of improvement.
Professional Learning Communities:
Learning Communities (LC) are ‘communities of practice’ which focus on developing the skills, knowledge and understanding of teachers, with an emphasis on pedagogy. The focus for 2015/16 is Action Research (AR), with the purpose of developing and improving the AR skills of teachers and promoting a research-led culture.
Bespoke Teaching and Learning CPD:
Responding to evaluations by colleagues we have moved to make our teaching and learning CPD bespoke by offering colleagues choice and variety.
Induction Programme for all new staff:
For new colleagues we offer an induction programme (currently 8 sessions) to support staff while they settle in, and we also assign them a ‘buddy’.
Middle leaders’ Conference:
One weekend per academic year there is an opportunity to improve leadership throughout the Trust by engaging in the Middle Leaders’ Conference.
Optional Programme for Middle Leaders:
We offer an optional programme aimed at specifically at middle leaders.
Optional Programme for Aspiring Middle Leaders:
Various dates with different topics and providers that have recently taken part in Middle leader and Senior Leader courses.