CPD and Networks

Developing and Retaining High Quality Leaders

Connect Teaching School Alliance is committed to ensuring the highest levels of attainment and progress for all children. Connect recognizes that schools who invest in and develop their staff will ensure high quality delivery, stability and retention going forward. To that end we are offering a range of training that will support in this.

We are determined to provide high quality Professional Leadership Development, with the ambition to deliver effective career opportunities and succession planning for our Alliance schools. Connect has a proven track record of developing teachers with an ambition to lead, with previous participants already taking up a number of middle and senior leadership roles in our local schools.

Subject Leader Development – Creating Effective Subject Champions

Listening to our Alliance members and the wider community Connect understands the desire for high quality training and guidance around subject leadership. The need to effectively devise, deliver and articulate an ambitious curriculum will require knowledgeable and highly competent leaders. Do you have staff who, with support, have the potential to demonstrate excellence as subject leaders to develop others and apply the principles of their school’s curriculum design to their subject?

The focus will be the key elements of subject leadership with the target audience being foundation subject leaders. This is aimed at supporting those on the ground with highly practical, day to day relevant information, guidance, advice and strategy that can be of instant benefit to the individual involved. It will be underpinned by the latest Ofsted framework, evidence based practice and will prepare your teachers for the deep dives to come. We want the training to have instant take aways that can instil confidence and enhance practice.

The structure would be:

Session 1 Leadership and planning a curriculum Roles and responsibilities, subject policy, evidence based approach for professional development, action planning

Session 2 Progression –bespoke to curriculum areas Curricular progression, pedagogy, rationale, resourcing, visioning using EEF guidance, embedding the subject in the curriculum, enrichme

Session 3 Monitoring, evaluating and assessment Effective monitoring linked to Action Plans, the review cycle, assessment, promoting your subject

Session 4 The deep dive experience Pupil interviews using the EIF, Quality Assurance and case studies, having the conversation, managing change

There would be GAP tasks and follow up contact between each session to ensure momentum is maintained and supported. Those taking part would also be part of a newly created Foundation Subject Leader network which would be facilitated by Connect.

To find out more please contact enquiries@connect-tsa.net

National Professional Qualification

Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT) are proud to work with George Spencer Academy to deliver a Lincolnshire Cohort for the NPQH, NPQSL and NPQML.

Our programmes are delivered though a blended learning approach; a combination of face to face days, online learning, school experience, and self-directed study. As a competency based programme there is a focus throughout on the development of skills and understanding alongside leadership behaviours. Whilst on the programme day-to-day leadership development in your current school will allow you to:

  • lead on a strategically challenging project
  • engage in challenge and support from your coach and/or headteacher
  • integrate new learning into your leadership practice
  • develop those leadership behaviours identified through the 360 diagnostic
  • negotiate and tackle specific whole team/school improvement priorities

Those not currently working in a school will undertake these activities in the school(s) that they have identified, and who have committed to support them. The course duration is 12 months with an expectation that participants go for final assessment within 12-18 months from induction. Participants have the opportunity to gain Masters credits towards the University of Nottingham’s Masters in Educational Leadership and Management without extra charge or additional workload on the NPQ programmes.

Full programme information, including costs, face-to-face dates and booking for the Lincolnshire NPQH, NPQSL, NPQML can be found here: www.lincolnshiretsa.co.uk/npq

Bespoke Leadership Development

With our highly qualified and experienced SLE team we are in a position to support schools with CPD around leadership for staff in groups or as individuals. This could be whole staff delivery on your site based on existing resources and materials developed by Connect or a bespoke package based on your school and staff need.

Sessions we currently offer include:

  • The role of the middle leader and strategic direction
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Monitoring and evaluating intervention
  • Developing a strategic subject plan linked to the SDP
  • The role of the leader in closing the gap
  • Leading teams for improvement
  • Exploring tools to accelerate progress