Professional Learning

Pathway 1: School based Teaching and Learning

  • What is it? School based Teaching and Learning
  • What’s on offer? Teaching and Learning Action Research projects focused on Disadvantaged pupil’s attainment and progress
  • When is it? These sessions take place on a Wednesday evening after school and follow a 6-week cycle of continuous learning and improvement for our staff.
  • Who takes part? All staff participate in lessons study and collaborate as peers within the Academy and within the Trust to enhance professional learning. 

Examples of Action Research Projects:

  • Supporting disadvantaged pupils to achieve
  • Closing the attainment gaps for boys
  • Metacognitive Approaches to Learning
  • Getting the most from pupils with high quality feedback
  • Collaborative Learning strategies to impact the positive classroom
  • Getting the most from Homework to impact the classroom

Pathway 2: NQT/RQT Pathway

At the Evolve Trust, we believe every teacher has what it takes to be great. Research shows that the first few years of your development are the most crucial. That’s why our highly supportive, tailored Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) / Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) learning programme runs alongside the school-based teaching role, dedicating extra time to your development.

Examples of what our NQTs and RQTs cover:

  • What is it? Teach meets
  • When is it? Fortnightly meetings
  • What is on offer? Pedagogical sessions linked to the developing teacher:
  • Examples include:
  • Accelerating learning in the Classroom
  • Accelerating Learning for SEN/PP pupils
  • Accelerating Learning through Assessment Strategies
  • Accelerating Learning through effective behaviour management

Pathway 3: Developing and lead practitioners

  • What is it? Teaching and Learning CPD Communities
  • What’s on offer? Teaching and Learning enhancement for specific school based needs where teachers are directed to choose ONE group and attend all 4 sessions during the year. It is expected that teachers will trial ideas in their classrooms between meetings and feedback their experiences.
  • When is it? Within the time allocation meeting schedule in week 4 of each half term from January
  • Who takes part? All staff except those included in the Lead practitioner’s/coach pathway
  • Examples of Action Research Projects:
  • Stretch and Challenge for high ability pupils
  • Supporting SEND pupils to achieve
  • Supporting EAL pupils to achieve
  • Using ICT in the classroom
  • Behaviour for learning and forming conducive relationships to support learning

Within the Academies, we also have a group of lead teachers who support staff in the continuous learning cycle to impact outcomes in the classroom. Their professional learning sessions include:

  • Coaching and peer observation training
  • Reflection and feedback
  • Observing without grading and Progress
  • Effective dialogue and questioning
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Planning for September

Pathway 4: Aspiring MLT

The Middle Leadership Programme 2016/17 offers aspirant and current middle leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a way that is personal to their needs. The programme also assists with the professional learning journey staff wish to take and enhance the knowledge and skills base that is essential for being an effective middle leader.

Over the course of the programme, where staff will work with Evolve Trust peers in mixed cross-phase groups, in group sessions and individual learning the home Academy.

Staff are assigned a ‘coach’ who will support and challenge throughout the programme.

Staff will do this through engaging in a range of activities and leadership opportunities, including:

  • Fortnightly pedagogical and practical sessions on leaderships with the Head of Raising Achievement.
  • Reading and reflecting on key literature and research.
  • Discussion and activities in your face-to-face sessions with your mentors.
  • Trying out new methods of leadership in your school.
  • Learning from colleagues, discussing what you have learnt with your coach and feeding that into discussions in your face-to-face sessions.

Our Aspirant Middle Leaders are:

Beech: Bev Cooper/Dan Tighe

Brunts: Hally Lockwood/Alex Cox/Laura Solly/Lee Charity/Laura Woodfield/Shelley Mercer

Bramble: Abi Meads

Theme

  • The Pastoral and Curriculum Vision: Leading change through innovation
  • Leading change by using performance data to secure rapid progress
  • Curriculum leadership to improve teaching and learning in order to ensure achievement for all
  • Pastoral leadership to improve achievement for all
  • Excellent leadership and management of individuals and teams to sustain improvement
  • Leading effective teams, addressing under-performance, getting
  • the best out of colleagues. Spotting and developing future leaders

Pathway 5: Aspiring SLT

The Senior Leadership Programme 2016/17 offers aspirant and current senior leaders the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a way that is personal to their needs and linked inexplicably to their goals through an enhanced professional learning journey.The aim is to provide the knowledge and skills base that is essential for being an effective senior leader.

Over the course of the programme, staff will work with your Evolve Trust peers in mixed cross-phase groups, in group sessions and individual learning in the home Academy.

Staff are also assigned a ‘coach’ who will support and challenge throughout the programme.

Staff will do this through engaging in a range of activities and leadership opportunities, including:

  • Fortnightly pedagogical and practical sessions on leaderships with the Head of Raising Achievement.
  • Reading and reflecting on key literature and research.
  • Discussion and activities in your face-to-face sessions with your mentors.
  • Trying out new methods of leadership in your school.
  • Learning from colleagues, discussing what you have learnt with your coach and feeding that into discussions in all aspects of your work at a whole school level

Themes:

  • Leadership styles and leading change
  • Using data to reduce in school/dept. variation
  • Leading effective QA
  • SEF/SIP writing
  • DHT/AHT specialisms carousel
  • Critical incidents and conflict resolution /
  • Managing difficult conversations

The pathway starts after Easter.

Pathway 6: Headship Institute

The “Headship Institute” is a development programme created by Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO for serving Headteachers within the Trust. The Headteachers meet on a fortnightly basis at the Trust’s head office and actively engage with the latest research, encompassing best practice on leadership. A range of modules are delivered and include “articulating your vision”, “leading change” and “managing stakeholders”. On a practical level Headteachers are given best practice materials to support their leadership, including SEFs and development plans.