Continuing Professional Development


Our bespoke and highly standardised lesson observation format (see ‘Teaching’ summary sheet) generates quantitative data in the form of a ‘CPD Profile’ which can be analysed at teacher, faculty and whole-school level to guide CPD strategy by indicating areas for attention, pockets of excellent practice and opportunities for collaboration. The format itself is the product of doctoral research conducted by a senior leader as part of the Ed.D programme at The  University of Birmingham and its implementation is the subject of an article recently published in The Bridge: Journal of Educational Research-Informed Practice (June 2015: Vol 2: Issue 1: Article 2).

Our designation as a Teaching school has led to the enrolment of a team of DfE-appointed Specialist Leaders in Education from with our own staff and partner schools. Our SLEs are involved in a wide range of school improvement work, research and consultancy with schools and other organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Naturally, their expertise and growing experience is channelled directly back into school for the benefit of their colleagues as they regularly contribute to our own in-house professional development practice.

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Our SLEs and other key staff are routinely involved in the delivery of high-quality professional development from our dedicated training facility, One-Track Training. We deliver the National Qualifications for Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership and Headship under licence from the National College for Teaching and Leadership. We have also devised and delivered our own training courses to staff across the region, most recently having run a highly successful  emerging leaders course and the ‘Is Leadership for Me’  experience day for aspiring school leaders as well as a range of topic specific training. All of these experiences are of course freely available to our own staff, who attend in large numbers.

Further professional self-development opportunities are provided by our higher education partners, such as UWE, Bristol, The University of Worcester and Birmingham City University to facilitate Masters-level study. Over the past eight years a considerable number of staff have taken and continue to take advantage of these opportunities and in doing so they conduct action research which directly enhances the work of the school and the experiences of our students.

Our TED Day Programme uses a variety of approaches to inspire and develop our teaching staff to be innovative, reflexive practitioners who are able to adapt to the ever-evolving educational landscape and to learn from best practice research. This has sometimes involved input from visiting speakers (such as Dylan William, Ian Gilbert and Jim Roberson) but also incorporates delivery from our own key leaders and from main-scale teachers who act as ‘champions’ or early adopters of particular practices with sufficient impact to provide showcase material from which others can learn.

Whilst full TEDs can be highly productive experiences we often maximise the time available through conversion an annual series of twilight sessions in order to cover a broader range of improvement priorities and to provide an implementation-review rhythm which promotes reflexive practice. One such example of this is the AfL for Teachers (AfL4T) programme which involves the operation of a number of separately themed cross-curricular working groups or teacher-learning communities (TLCs) which conduct small-scale action-research. This work is peer reviewed and the best examples are showcased to the whole staff and used to inform future policy.

During staff briefings all teachers also benefit from training on a wide range of areas such as mobile technology and applications, SEAL, behaviour management, assessment and literacy which are delivered by key leaders.

A significant proportion of our teachers are trained as educational visits leaders in order to facilitate learning outside of the classroom. We are currently working to ensure every member of staff is trained to the same standard.

shs_1Running alongside the TED and twilight programmes we have other CPSD activities which promote more autonomous inquiry into teacher practice and engender a culture of true self-development and professional leadership. Initiatives such as ‘Take-away CPD, Google+ CPD and ‘tea-time tasters’ are examples of how our teachers voluntarily and frequently engage in small, incremental instances of professional development in a climate which supports measured risk-taking to promote new teaching and learning methods.

Whilst we recognise the importance of on-going training delivery in successful professional development as a means of defining ‘what’ constitutes excellent pedagogy and leadership we also understand the role professional coaching in addressing the ‘how’ it is effectively practiced. Our QA and appraisal processes are used to indicate where and when professional coaching is required and our coaching staff (including HoF, SLEs, subject consultants and SLT) are matched with identified staff as part of a bespoke programme with clearly defined outcomes and timescales.

We are proud to be Worcestershire’s longest established school-centred initial teacher training provider in Worcestershire and have been an approved School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider since 2013/14. This year we have thirty three SCITT trainees across a number of subject areas who are supported by a dedicated team of professional mentors. We have been successful in recruiting previous trainees to main-scale posts and lead their NQT / RQT development. We also host trainees for partner HE institutions and take very seriously our commitment to their initial career development – again, this has often resulted in the recruitment of trainees in to main-scale posts.

All new staff members receive initial induction training in a wide range of areas together with on-going targeted support from their line-managers. All staff are able to attend relevant training sessions for new / trainee staff where appropriate.

We actively encourage staff to take on examiner duties with relevant exam boards and, wherever possible, we try to provide protected non-contact time and suitable facilities to enable them to do so. The experience and insight staff gain from this work is then used to inform faculty strategies with regard to teaching and course organisation.

Book a place on one of our courses

Modern Foreign Languages Support for your second subject with Teacher Subject Specialism Training, starting in November 2016.

  • Free language support for your teaching staff
  • Do you need support with French, Spanish or German as your 2nd subject?
  • Are you a French, Spanish or German teacher who needs a set of resources for a 2nd language in Key Stages 3-5?

This course is aimed at Secondary Teachers with responsibility for Modern Foreign Languages and bookings are now being taken for the course which starts in November 2016.

As this is a FREE* course, places are filling very quickly so we urge you to book your place now.

During the first session an ‘audit of need’ will be completed to gain a better understanding of individual development requirements. A bespoke training plan will then be developed to support staff with their individual needs.

The purpose of teacher subject specialism training for MFL is to provide school-led MFL subject specialism training to non-specialist teachers and MFL subject specialism training to specialist MFLteachers who:

  • are not currently teaching MFL and may need refresher training to enable a move back into an MFL teaching role
  • may be looking to teach a new language in addition to their language specialism

This will build capacity within the system to enable schools to address strategically workforce and deployment challenges to support delivery of the Ebacc and build the skills necessary to enable non-specialists to move into an MFL teaching role or upskill non-specialists already undertaking an MFL role.

The priority target groups for secondary MFL are:

  • teachers not currently teaching MFL with post A level MFL qualifications
  • teachers not currently teaching MFL with good A level MFL qualifications
  • teachers not teaching MFL who are native/near native speakers
  • non-specialist teachers currently teaching MFL in addition to their specialist subject
  • specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL and who need refresher training to enable a move back into an MFL role
  • specialist MFL teachers who have the capacity to teach a new language in addition to their language specialism

FREE* Please note a £200 deposit is required at the start of the course, which we will refund fully upon course completion.

Complete the booking form to register and reserve your place on our November course

  • Do you have primary school teachers who need support in teaching mathematics?
  • Do you teach mathematics as a 2nd subject?
  • Would you like practical resources  to take straight back in to the classroom to get you up and running?

This course is aimed at Primary School Teachers with a responsibility for mathematics who need hands-on support and practical resources. Bookings are now being taken for the course which starts in 2016. Please note that this is a FREE* course for all primary school teachers and as expected, places are filling very quickly.

PLACES ARE LIMITED SO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST NOW!!

During the first session an ‘audit of need’ will be completed to gain a better understanding of individual development requirements. A bespoke training plan will then be developed to support staff with their individual needs.

The delivery will consist of a mixture of one-to-one, group sessions, lesson observations, lesson delivery, mentoring and peer support sessions.  Candidates will be given membership to the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) and links to the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM).  Candidates will also be given an extensive resource bank and support with the delivery and use of the resources.

FREE* Please note a £200 deposit is required at the start of the course, which we will refund fully upon course completion.

Complete the booking form to register and reserve your place on our November course

Physics Teacher Subject Specialism Training is starting in November 2016.

  • Are you a biology or chemistry teacher who is teaching physics as a 2nd subject?
  • Are you a science teacher who is less confident in teaching physics than your specialist subject?
  • Would you like a set of practical resources for physics so you can hit the ground running?

This course is aimed at Secondary Teachers with responsibility for Science from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 and need support with physics. Bookings are now being taken for the course which starts in November 2016.

BOOK NOW AS PLACES ARE LIMITED

As this is a FREE* course, places are filling very quickly so we urge you to book your place now.

During the first session an ‘audit of need’ will be completed to gain a better understanding of individual development requirements. A bespoke training plan will then be developed to support staff with their individual needs.

The course is aimed at Non-specialist teachers of Physics, and former teachers who are returning to the teaching profession can complete subject specialism training in secondary physics.

The school-led teacher subject specialism training is delivered free of cost to participants. It’s provided to improve the physics subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers. This includes:

  • non-specialist secondary science teachers who could teach physics in addition to their main subject
  • teachers who want to retrain as physics teachers or need support in teaching Physics in Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5
  • teachers wishing to return to the profession

FREE* Please note a £200 deposit is required at the start of the course, which we will refund fully upon course completion.

Complete the booking form to register and reserve your place on our November course.

Primary SLE Training

The Stourport TSA is recruiting Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) for 2016-17.

Specialist Leaders of Education are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools. They understand what outstanding leadership practice in their area of expertise looks like and are skilled in helping other leaders to achieve it in their own context. The SLE role is to help raise standards and improve the quality of school leadership through school-to-school support and peer-to-peer learning.

We want to recruit SLEs in primary school leadership, CPD, curriculum, assessment or early and first years.

You do not need to be in an outstanding school or a school that is part of a teaching school alliance, as long as your school has the capacity to release you to work in other schools.

Contact Sara Peace to discuss the SLE application process or to discuss your application. 

E: speace@shs.worcs.sch.uk

Tel: 01299 824596

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Initial Teacher Training Courses 

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  • 22 June 2017 at Stourport High School
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  • Friday 16 June 2017 4pm-6pm

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