Staff development is an integral part of professional life at our academy and we aim to ensure our staff grow and flourish just as well as our students.
CPD Programme 2018:
Our CPD programme is plotted through the year and it prioritises the improvement of student learning and guidance. These sessions have been the key drivers in ensuring that teaching at our academy is consistently delivered to at least a ‘good’ standard.
Every Lesson Matters:
These compulsory whole-staff sessions run for six evenings per year and focus on key areas for development in relation to teaching, learning and assessment at the academy. They include guidance on the Pool Hayes ‘Key for Learning’ and involve external speakers, guidance on systems and the sharing of good practice.
These twilight sessions run throughout the school year and teaching/support staff opt into sessions which appeal or are part of their appraisal targets. They focus on specific issues and are presented by both our own lead teachers and external speakers.
These twilight session are primarily set up for teacher trainees and new staff, although many long-term staff also attend to further improve their practice. Again, they are delivered by senior staff, lead teachers and external speakers.
Our main coaching model sees staff divided into quads in order to work with colleagues from across the academy and to review one another’s practice. Middle leaders are divided into triads in order to develop their classroom practice, but also to hone their leadership and management of their teams. Also, any staff wishing to improve specific strands of their teaching receive 1-to-1 support to take the necessary steps.
The academy publishes a half-termly newsletter which celebrates good practice, disseminates new ideas and approaches and provide updates on topical educational issues and themes.