"Fostering an ethos of continuing professional learning"

"Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better", Dylan William

DFE Standard for teachers’ professional development: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/537030/160712_-_PD_standard.pdf

"At Minsthorpe Community College we are committed to the continuing professional development and learning of all members staff at every career stage and level of experience."

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 School 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. Our approach to CPD is underpinned by the following key principles:

  • Personalised to the individual teacher;
  • 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.

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. outcomes for disadvantaged students, are addressed through training sessions for all staff and other L&T Development Workshops 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. We are a strategic partner of the New Collaborative Teaching School Alliance and currently have four Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs).

During 2019-20 we are 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