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The Big 6


We work to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced staff through Initial Teacher Training, Continuing Professional Development, Succession Planning & Talent Management, School to School Support, Specialist Leaders of Education and Research & Development.

We seek to build capacity and share good practice within our Academy and with other schools because we recognise that all schools can learn from each other. Collaborative working is also evident in our CPD which is less about delivering courses and more about teachers working together. It's focus is firmly grounded in the classroom.

Key to this is making sure our staff gain exposure to excellent practice within and beyond our school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers. We are striving to make talent development and distributed leadership the norm - encouraging staff demonstrating the potential to lead, and giving them structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop. 


This section of our website contains several pages of information for you about our Initial Teacher Training. We also run an Outstanding Teaching programme, an Improving Teaching programme and Senior Outstanding Leader of Education programme. Since September 2015, we have adopted OLEVI tailored, collaborative programmes and have several existing staff studying them. OLEVI seek to drive up standards in schools around the world and to create a successful teaching and learning culture that leaves a lasting legacy.

From trainee teachers to experienced senior staff, each individual is on a learning path.  We are passionate about developing our staff into being the best teachers we can be. CPD is fundamental to the improvement of teaching and learning practice in a sustained way over time. Early on in the year, we identify the CPD needs of our staff to tailor our CPD calendar. Our sessions are delivered both in house by specialist members of staff and also by external agencies. They have covered areas such as challenging the more able, effective marking practice and using data to plan lessons.


We develop leadership capacity both in teaching and support roles. We deliver specific training in response to our needs and those of the schools we work with, brokering ways to share existing INSET and school-based CPD, hosting conferences and training events, and supporting our partners off-site at prearranged events. Through joint practice and development, learning from each other and sharing expertise we work collaboratively on shared issues and create new methods and resources. We encourage our staff to study for the NPQH, NPQSL and other professional qualifications.


We are building our capacity to provide school to school support. Examples of our work in this vitally impactive area include hosting events for our feeders like the Primary Maths Challenge and a range of sports tournaments. We are sharing our digital expertise and helping nearby schools better educate their Governing Bodies and staff about the new Prevent Duty, their wider online safety provision and computing curriculum needs. We are also working to develop supportive networks of local links to further all of our SMSC provision.


Specialist Leaders of Education are a new nationally accredited designation through the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). They are part of the strategy for building capacity for system leadership and school to school support. They are Middle and Senior Leaders with specialist expertise in subject leadership or a whole school issue such as behaviour management, ITT or SEN. They provide support to individual leaders and teams in other schools by using a high level coaching or facilitation approach which draws on their knowledge and expertise.


Our Research & Development Team, which will be accredited by the TLA Department of Canterbury Christchurch University, is at the vanguard of improving outcomes for learners and staff through their research. Outcomes from their findings are used to develop specific bespoke approaches to learning and teaching - with the subsequent impact of empowering our students to realise their academic and personal potential. The team comprises experienced and novice researchers who are learning alongside the participating students. Current research areas include assessment for learning and SEND, as well as the impact of our pastoral team.