Teacher Pathways

The key criterion for the success in their role for a teacher is the quality of teaching and learning. It is therefore essential that any CPD strategy for Chapel St is underpinned by strong support for all teachers to reach ‘Outstanding’ performance. The following pathway approach to improving teaching covers all stages of a teacher’s development. It is also fundamental to the Chapel St ethos that these programmes form the basis of a bespoke provision. These programmes will use a combination of workshops, tutorial and coaching approaches. Staff would join the programme most suited to their needs; it is not a hierarchical list and should not be seen as consequential programmes (apart from the Statutory Induction Programme for NQT’s).

Statutory Induction Programme

All newly qualified teachers will have to complete this statutory induction programme in order to qualify at the end of their first year of teaching. This programme covers all aspects of teaching and learning pedagogy including: lesson planning, differentiation, questioning, behaviour management, Assessment for Learning and the role of the SENCO. All NQTs will also complete an Action Research Project into “Creative teaching strategies” which will form the basis of their final assessment. These sessions are weekly on a Friday 3.10-4pm. Any ITT placements with us will also have their own specific ITT Induction Programme which will cover the basic teaching pedagogy. These sessions are weekly on Tuesdays 3.15-4 pm.

Inspiring Teacher Programme

The Inspiring Teacher Programme is designed for teachers who which to develop and improve their classroom practice. It will provide the teachers with a range of skills and strategies which will enable them to become consistently “good”. The programme is delivered through face to face taught sessions, classroom observations and learning walks. The course will develop understanding of the key aspects of “good” teaching and learning and allow participants to understand how to deliver these consistently in their practice to raise performance in the classroom and engaging and challenging all students in lessons. Every session will have a different focus but will come back to the main theme of “What makes a “good” teacher, sessions will include; Assessment for Learning, questioning, differentiation, planning and the use of data. It is open for all teachers with the potential to develop consistently “good” lessons. These sessions will run as and when required over a half term basis.

Good to Outstanding Teacher Programme

The Outstanding Teacher Programme will focus on how to move on from “good” and what makes “outstanding” teaching and learning. It is aimed at staff who are currently graded on the “good” to “outstanding” borderline who have the ability to develop into consistently “outstanding” teachers. This programme will focus on the outstanding Ofsted grading criteria and how to implement it effectively in our classrooms; it will develop teachers to be outstanding in everything they do. Participants will observe and be observed by their peers throughout the programme to gain greater clarity and understanding of the Ofsted framework and will develop the skills to coach and mentor to help develop the practice of others. These sessions will run as and when required over a half term basis. Leadership Pathways These would be open to all staff and these programmes will be delivered using a combination of workshops, tutorial and coaching approaches. These programmes will complement the nationally available professional development.

Discovering Leadership Programme

The Discovering Leadership Programme is delivered with expertise developed within the individual schools SLTs and MLTs, as well as across Chapel St schools. It is aimed at staff who wish to move into a leadership role. This pathway will introduce the skills necessary to succeed in middle leadership including: Leading and modelling excellence in teaching and learning, Monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching and learning, Leading and developing colleagues, Inspiring others and leading an effective team and Self-awareness. As part of this pathway participants will have to deliver successful and sustainable school improvement projects linked to their school’s improvement priorities, in which they lead a team over an extended period of time, applying their learning from the delivered courses.

Enhancing  Leadership  Programme

The Enhancing Leadership Programme is delivered with expertise developed within the individual schools SLTs and MLTs, as well as across Chapel St schools. It is aimed at staff who are relatively new to a leadership role. This pathway will cover and develop the skills necessary to lead an outstanding team including: Strategic direction and development of the subject, Professional knowledge and understanding, Improving teaching and learning and Leadership and management styles. As part of this pathway participants will have to compile a portfolio of evidence to support their learning and the development of their team or department.

Inspiring Leadership Programme

The Inspiring Leadership Programme will have a more diverse input, using external contributions, as well as staff from Chapel St. It is aimed at staff that are established in middle leadership roles and looking to move into more senior roles. Coaching Pathways Coaching as a vehicle for improving the performance of all members of the Chapel St philosophy is fundamental to our ethos.  This proposal embraces this approach and therefore sees the development of staff to become outstanding coaches as a priority. It is therefore proposed that a further training pathway to becoming an outstanding coach is included in the professional development programme for all staff.

Outstanding Coach Programme

The Outstanding Coach Programme covers all the skills needed to become an effective coach. Participants will attend training sessions were they will learn the pedagogy, and will work with their peers to build up a portfolio of evidence of their coaching skills. All participants will be coached and coach a peer as part of the course to enable them to develop the necessary skills.