Continuing Professional Development

We offer a range of professional development opportunities for teachers, extending our strong learning culture to all the schools within the Trust.

As a successful Teaching School, we identify our best teachers and leaders from across the Trust to provide school-based professional development. We also offer a tailored development package to meet the specific needs of each of our schools within the Trust.

We have a robust coaching and mentoring programme, working alongside our Improving Teaching programmes.

Courses that we offer September 2017-August 2018

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Programme

Across the Trust schools we offer various NQT Programmes to suit the growth and development of newly qualified teachers within their own school setting.

As part of our commitment to the development of new staff to the profession we strive to have a strong track record and provide excellent opportunities that fully meet the need of NQTs in line with school priorities.

Improving Teacher Programme (ITP)

Working in close partnership with OLEVI International we offer the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP), Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and the Outstanding Leadership in Education (OLE) Programme.  OLEVI has a long standing reputation of developing leading edge training and we are proud of the relationship we have built up over the last 5 years.

The Improving Teacher Programme is aimed at teachers who want to develop and improve their teaching practice to become consistently good.  The course focuses on various pedagogical elements that need to take place in a classroom and aims to empower delegates to ensure self-progression.  The ITP programme is run over 6 full day sessions spread across a period of approximately 2 months and is quality assured by OLEVI International.

It enables teachers to:

  • Improve standards within their class room
  • Improve the learning experience of their students
  • Self-reflect

This programme is open to all teachers who are looking to develop their teaching practice in order to deliver and facilitate consistently good lessons.

How do I apply?

  • If you are a teacher working within one of Swale Academies Trust schools you can register your interest through your Headteacher (you will need your Curriculum Leader and Headteacher approval to attend this course).
  • If you are a teacher outside of Swale Academies Trust please complete an application form you will be contacted shortly.

Cost

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Training Dates 2017-2018

Improving Teacher Programme Cohort 1

Venue:                                            Westlands School
Trust Facilitators:                          Anne Le Baigue, Richard Clark
External Support & QA:                Richard Lockyer

Session 1

ITP

Westlands

Tuesday

20/02/18

9am to 3pm

Session 2

ITP

Westlands

Thursday

01/03/18

9am to 3pm

Session 3

ITP

Westlands

Wednesday

07/03/18

9am to 3pm

Session 4

ITP

Westlands

Thursday

15/03/18

9am to 3pm

Session 5

ITP

Westlands

Wednesday

21/03/18

9am to 3pm

Session 6

ITP

Westlands

Tuesday

27/03/18

9am to 3pm

 

Further dates will be confirmed (see below)

 

What previous delegates have said:

“I feel the programme has had a direct impact on my teaching and a key part of my Outstanding lesson observation.”  Nicolette Bassan, Pent Valley Technology College

“It has been an excellent opportunity to reflect on my practice and ask why I am doing certain things. The course has allowed me to plan and deliver better lessons.”  David Edwards, Westlands School

 

Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP)

The programme is designed and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers, the Outstanding Teacher Programme gives good (and outstanding) teachers a set of high level skills and strategies that enable them to become consistently and sustainably outstanding.  The course explores the theory behind the practice and promotes self-reflection and coaching, building upon what was learnt on the ITP course.  The course is run over 7 full days and is quality assured by OLEVI international.

It enables teachers to:

  • demonstrate higher level understanding of teaching and improve learning for their pupils
  • coach colleagues in their own school and in other schools to raise performance levels
  • create a proactive school culture where the quality of teaching and learning is observed, discussed, challenged and enhanced
  • increase the job satisfaction and create opportunities for further leadership and career progression

This programme is open to all teachers who are looking to develop their teaching practice in order to deliver and facilitate consistently good lessons.

How do I apply?

  • If you are a teacher working within one of Swale Academies Trust schools you can register your interest through your Headteacher (you will need your Curriculum Leader and Headteacher approval to attend this course).
  • If you are a teacher outside of Swale Academies Trust please complete an application form, you will be contacted shortly.

Cost

Please contact us for prices.

Training Dates 2017-2018

Outstanding Teacher Programme Cohort 1

Venue:                                           Westlands School
Trust Facilitators:                         Anne Le Baigue, Louise Cox
External Support & QA:               Richard Lockyer

Session 1

OTP

Westlands

Friday

22/09/17

9am to 3pm

Session 2

OTP

Westlands

Thursday

28/09/17

9am to 3pm

Session 3

OTP/POC

Westlands

Friday

06/10/17

9am to 3pm

Session 4

OTP/POC

Westlands

Tuesday

10/10/17

9am to 3pm

Session 5

OTP

Westlands

Thursday

02/11/17

9am to 3pm

Session 6

OTP

Westlands

Wednesday

08/11/17

9am to 3pm

 

Either Improving Teacher Programme or Outstanding Teacher Programme Cohort 2 (TBC)

Venue:                                           Westlands School
Trust Facilitators:                         Anne Le Baigue, Louise Cox/ Richard Clark
External Support and QA:            Richard Lockyer


Session 1

Prog TBC

Westlands

Thursday

07/06/18

9am to 3pm

Session 2

Prog TBC

Westlands

Friday

15/06/18

9am to 3pm

Session 3

Prog TBC

Westlands

Tuesday

19/06/18

9am to 3pm

Session 4

Prog TBC

Westlands

Wednesday

27/06/18

9am to 3pm

Session 5

Prog TBC

Westlands

Thursday

05/07/18

9am to 3pm

Session 6

Prog TBC

Westlands

Friday

13/07/18

9am to 3pm

 

What previous delegates have said:

“It has made me reflect on my own practice, I feel more confident to move away from what I am secure with. To try different approaches; questioning, coaching. It has made me question the impact of what I do and why I do it.”  Monica Clark, Istead Rise Primary School

“It has made me aware of my own practice and the impact I can and do have on students. It has given me confidence to try new things. The skills to start adapting my practice in order to become an outstanding teacher, consistently.”  Samantha Morley, Pent Valley Technology College