"Fostering a culture of Professional Learning"

At Minsthorpe Community College we value our staff body and believe in the importance of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We recognise that by investing in the development of our colleagues we are able to provide a rich and varied educational experience for all our students and support them in achieving the best possible outcomes on leaving our college.

Minsthorpe is the hub of the YTCA SCITT which provides excellent initial teacher training and has received a well-deserved Ofsted grading of “good” with many outstanding features identified. We have and continue to develop a coherent continuum of support from this ITT provision to NQT and RQT/RQT+1. This ensures that teachers continue to develop their skills in the classroom but also provides potential future opportunities for career progression. We aim to retain our best teachers as future leaders but equally prepare our staff for progression to other institutions at the right time.

Personal Enquiry drives CPD for our teaching staff. All staff are engaged each year in Personal Enquiry or Lesson Study and throughout the year they research and develop an enquiry question which is pertinent to their role and stage of their career development.

This enquiry based approach to CPD is underpinned by the following key principles:

  • Personalised to the individual teacher or triad.
  • Seeks to impact positively on student outcomes.
  • Focussed on classroom practice and pedagogy.
  • Fosters a culture of risk-taking and innovation.
  • Collaborative & outward-facing.

Our aim is that our college becomes a "research-rich" institution where practice is based on evidence. It is our belief that all teachers should be enquiring and reflective practitioners who strive to deliver quality teaching which supports students towards success. We have already made great strides towards this ambition.

Alongside Personal Enquiry staff also engage in other forms of CPD; indeed the day-to-day practice of classroom teaching is excellent CPD in itself!

Teaching staff work collaboratively on a daily basis within their subject areas to develop their pedagogical skills and discuss and develop key ideas surrounding issues such as classroom practice, curriculum and assessment.

Whole college priorities e.g. SEND are addressed through training sessions for all staff and other bespoke Learning & Teaching sessions are offered to groups of relevant staff.

We offer 1:1 mentoring to members of staff with experienced, trained and skilled practitioners supporting other colleagues to develop their classroom practice.

Furthermore, staff have the opportunity to engage in external CPD including collaboration with other colleagues and institutions and we encourage staff to then share what has been learnt across college.

During 2019-20 we will also be delivering the National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership alongside the DfE and SSAT.

Please feel free to browse the other documentation in this section of our website or contact me directly in college.

Jenny Read
Associate Assistant Principal – CPD/NQT/ITT

Resource Download
Minsthorpe Community College CPD Offer 2018-19 Download File
NPQML Flyer 2019 Download File
Enquiry Question Template Download File