One of the key school priorities is the development of our staff through first-class CPD provision. The school is proud of its commitment to the professional development of all staff, and to providing quality training and learning opportunities which will move us forward not just individually, but as a school community. Staff are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning and build on their own skills and interests.
All teaching staff participate in the following from our bespoke package of CPD:
5 SHS CPD sessions, covering teaching and learning, support, care and guidance, curriculum and ICT
School Development group. Each group has a focus, this year the foci are:
o Sixth Form Teaching and Learning
o ICT Innovation
o Pedagogical book group
o Whole School Inset
Additionally there are also two leadership development programmes available:
o Aspiring Middle Leaders – Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance
o Beyond Middle Leadership – Stroud High School
We have a highly motivated staff who are committed to their professional development, and therefore many staff develop not only by participating in, but also leading sessions for other staff. Our expertise in delivering sessions is complemented by external providers, expert in their own fields.
Our staff also learn from and with each other and CPD time is also allocated to support collaborative planning and joint developmental work, developmental lesson observations and peer observation.
For support staff we provide a programme of learning opportunities, linked to specific needs, which will result in improved quality and effectiveness, alongside enhanced job satisfaction. Support staff can also access the bespoke SHS CPD package opportunities and where possible all training and development will be linked to the School Priority Improvement Plan and/or role-related training, this training may include:
Promoting the effectiveness of the staff as a team
Responding to /cope with new demands/pressures/opportunities
Achieving/maintaining the professional skills needed to fulfil a particular role
Induction of New Staff
A comprehensive induction programme is in place to introduce new staff to school procedures, helping them do their job and providing the foundation for further professional development. An additional programme is in place to support Newly Qualified Teachers.