Continuing Professional and Leadership Development

The Bristol Primary Teaching School Alliance aims to offer CPD that addresses the most significant areas of teaching and learning and subject specific development. Some courses offer longer programmes of continuing support whilst others offer the option of short courses.  We are able to respond quickly to local and national priorities and are able to use the expertise of our SLEs and partner school leaders to support with a wide range of school improvement needs.

Our CPLD – Continuing Professional and Leadership Development, is built on the Sutton Trust’s report, ‘What Makes Great Teaching’ (2013) which reviews over 200 pieces of research to identify the elements of teaching that have the strongest evidence of improving attainment.   The two elements that have the greatest impact are:

  1. A teacher’s content knowledge and understanding of how children think about a subject and their common misconceptions.
  2. The quality of instruction including use of questioning and assessment practices

Our CPLD focuses clearly on these two focus areas.

The Alliance also offers the Improving Teacher Programme (OTP1) and the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP2) which looks specifically at pedagogy.  These programmes can be found by viewing ‘all courses’: we run these each year.

As an accredited NPQ provider, career development, through a nationallyu recognised leadership programme is also supported, whether moving from initial teacher training to the NQT year or from middle to senior leadership, right up to headship. Details of the NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH can be found by viewing ‘all courses’.

CPD Courses and Opportunities

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NQT Support Programme for Early Years and Primary Colleagues: 2018-19

Course date: Various dates from September 2018 to May 2019

Course venue: Various schools and settings across the city

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National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

Course date: The next programme will begin in October 2018.

Course venues: Whitehall Primary School (Bristol), Backwell School (North Somerset), Corsham Primary School (Wiltshire/South Glos)

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Real PE programme of support – Learning Community Programme

Course date: 9th November 2017 (9am - 3pm),  15th March 2018 (9am - 3pm) and 14th June 2018 (9am - 3pm)

Course venue: Bridge Farm Primary School, East Dundry Road, Bristol BS14...

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