At TSAT we are passionate in supporting staff with their professional development and vehemently believe that the more investment we put into staff the more successful we are as a Trust of schools. There are a number of different opportunities available to staff with in the Thinking Schools Academy Trust.
As the lead school within a Teaching School Alliance we have access to a lot of support and funding that is not available to other schools and our extended network means there is always support available to further professional development.http://www.newhorizonstsa.com/
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
We work closely with other schools and Trusts within the local areas to organise quality CPD and Teach meets allowing opportunities to network with other schools, share good ideas and have quality input for outstanding practitioners. We have also bought in top quality CPD sessions within the local areas, most notably Pivotal Education who ran a Twilight session focussing on outstanding teaching and learning. We run subject network opportunities to allow the sharing of good practice and planning on a subject level with local schools which are very successful and create strong networks within the Trust and alliance.
We are committed to ensuring staff within Trust schools have a comprehensive internal CPD programme which places a strong emphasis on the importance of joint planning to share outstanding practice and put it immediately into action rather than just attending sessions. This has had a large impact on the quality of teaching and learning within our schools.
We realise that sometime the answer is not always internal CPD and all TSAT schools commit strongly to sending their staff on externally run CPD days by subject professionals. This additional commitment is welcomed by staff who come back and share with their teams the additional knowledge they have gained.
We are committed to further people’s leadership ability and aspirations supporting staff to attend a wide range of courses.
Leadership Suite in conjunction with the IOE – “supporting world class educational professionals” These courses run 4 sessions across the year and are led by Headteacher and IOE lecturers. They focus on the skills associated with different levels of leadership and culminate in a celebratory event in the summer term. There are three levels of courses – early (aimed at those just beginning their career), developing (aimed at established or new middle leaders) and widening (aimed at those aspiring or newly appointed for senior leadership.
National Professional Qualifications We work with the IOE on the delivery of the national professional qualifications (NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH) and many staff that have completed these courses have gone to achieve promotion soon after showing the impact it has had on their leadership development.
Teaching Leaders We work with the Teaching Leaders organisation on their middle leadership course. This is an intensive but highly successful middle leadership course that is run over two years and aimed at schools in low income areas. It is challenging and not all participants get accepted onto the second year, showing the high expectations of the course, however all those that do have found not only have their skills developed immensely and therefore the improvement in the life chances of the students they work with but also their promotion prospects due to the high level of challenge exhibited in the course.http://www.teachingleaders.org.uk/
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) For those who want to stay in the classroom and get more opportunities to work with other schools we have our Specialist Leaders of Education positions. Positions are appointed by the Teaching School in conjunction with the National College of School Leadership. Successful applicants to the roles, build their skills and have the opportunity to work with students and staff across the Trust and Alliance.
National Leaders of Education (NLE) The Trust will also support our most senior systems leaders to become National leaders of Education. We currently have four NLEs working within our Trust.