Newton Abbot College is extremely proud of the Continual Professional Development programme it provides. Staff members receive approximately seventy hours of CPD within the academic year, in addition to any external courses they may attend. Our new innovative system ensures that staff are both supported and challenged to drive improvement in teaching and learning.
All staff are expected to actively pursue their own professional development.
We currently employ the following strategies:
To enable professional development, teaching staff engage in a programme whereby they are periodically videoed. The recordings, for personal use, enable a process of self analysis and reflection. Subsequently, a coaching session with another member of staff (buddy) will be scheduled, to discuss areas for improvement. Any areas identified are then used to inform the CPD focus within future CPD sessions.
TRIAD ACTION RESEARCH SESSIONS
The Triad action research sessions take place throughout the academic year. Colleagues are free to choose a focus from a selection driven by the College improvement plan. This choice is usually informed by relevance to training needs as identified by self-assessment, reflection of own teaching and learning and the Appraisal process. The research aims to improve teaching and learning and offer opportunities to discuss different strategies and action planning. The process is linked to the videoing project and then allows for further reflection and the sharing of successful strategies employed within subjects and across whole staff.
LEARNING IMPROVEMENT TEAM
Members of the Leadership Team, Subject Team Leaders and Assistant Team Leaders share good practice to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning across the College. In addition, they work on specific initiatives such as cross curricular work, independent learning and tracking and monitoring of students’ progress. Meetings take place six times per year and are a major forum for consultation and decision making.
These sessions take place on a monthly basis. They are CPD driven. Some of the sessions have a whole College specified focus whilst others are subject driven.
These sessions are driven by the College Improvement Plan and domain specific training. The main focus of the training is teaching and learning and achievement and attainment. Strategies are discussed and good practice is shared during these sessions.
STAFF TRAINING DAYS
Staff training days are scheduled throughout the academic year and all staff are involved. Occasionally, external agency speakers are invited to contribute. Topics include Health and Safety and Appraisal.
Each member of staff is given an opportunity to collate a CPD portfolio. It is envisaged that staff will continually update their portfolios in order to track CPD attended, promote further professional development and demonstrate a transferrable skill-set. The portfolio informs the Appraisal process.
Morning briefings take place on Mondays (general information for all staff), Wednesdays (learning issues) and Fridays (House Teams). Challenge spots take place at the Friday briefing. Teaching staff use this as an opportunity to share good practice with their peers.
SWEDISH EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
We have close links with the Broman Gymnasiet, a school in Hudiksvall, Sweden and have established a strong joint CPD programme involving exchange visits.
SUPPORT STAFF TEAM LEADERS
Team leaders meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss current priorities and to update other team members.
GENERAL IN HOUSE TRAINING
Staff receive a general induction programme and role-specific training when they join Newton Abbot College and on an on-going basis thereafter as and when required.