Each academy runs its own programme of staff development activities, which include personalised induction plans, mentoring & support for NQTs, continuing professional development, and leadership development.
In addition, there are opportunities for staff to develop through collaborative working across the Trust and subject networks, and to benefit from development opportunities offered by our sponsor, such as mentoring for leaders. As well as this, we have developed a leadership programme, which leads to a Masters qualification.
There also the Trust’s own highly regarded Co-operative Senior Leaders in Education programme. The prestigious programme develops leaders of the future working in a co-operative environment.
The Trust also runs a CPD (Continued professional development) programme to support colleagues at all levels. The Trust’s CPD programme makes use of expert external consultants and excellent practitioners from our own academies, all excellent facilitators, advisors and reviewers.
We also work together with academies to support larger projects such as our well-being conferences, supporting staff to avoid the stresses and strains of a working life; or our Workload Report – which was recommended as best practice by the DfE – where we asked colleagues to decide on how best to tackle school workload and made a series of none-negotiable recommendations.
We want to support and encourage the career progression of our employees wherever possible, and all job opportunities across the Trust are advertised on our website to facilitate this. We will support staff that wish to move between our academies when suitable roles arise.