Professional development

The academy is able to offer comprehensive professional development opportunities for all staff.

All staff at the academy have in place a well structured induction programme, tailored for each role.  This programme looks at the role of the tutor, the Behaviour for Learning policy, Child Protection training, academy values and vision and other relevant policies, key to your role.

As a newly qualified teacher (NQT) the academy has a specifically designed induction programme, which meets the statutory requirements of the induction year, but is purposefully designed to go above and beyond these minimal requirements.  This programme ensures you have mentor support and, as an NQT, gives you access to a range of experienced professionals to support your development.  In addition to your mentor, programmed CPD sessions and access to external training events you will have a weekly session with all NQT’s and a Lead Teacher who will develop a programme of support relevant to those new to teaching.

Our in-house Lead Teacher team work with all curriculum areas and provide in-house training and development opportunities for all staff.  Our weekly CPD session is delivered as a whole academy, or in curriculum areas and is an invaluable opportunity for whole academy development or tailored sessions relevant to curriculum area needs.

All staff benefit from a rigorous performance management system where continuous professional development opportunities are available for staff at all levels. An annual performance management discussion will provide an opportunity to identify learning needs and agree a programme of professional support.

The academy provides flexible and adaptable learning and development opportunities for all staff.  We provide a variety of delivery methods and strive to increase professional skills and practice, as well as the development of future leaders in education.  We have recently developed an innovative leadership programme for all leaders and managers, which has seen benefits across the academy.

Professional development is further supported by attending external events, e-learning, networking opportunities or subscribing to professional groups or publications and access to sponsorship for some academic courses.