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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Confidence in Calculation for teachers in Year 1 and Year 2

Course date: Three and a half days across the year

Course venue: Whitehall Primary School

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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), Abbot Alphege School (Bath and NE Somerset)

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The National Professional Qualification of Senior Leadership (NPQSL)

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

Course venues: Whitehall Primary School (Bristol), Backwell School (North Somerset), Corsham Primary School (Wiltshire/South Glos); Abbot Alphege School, (Bath and North East Somerset)

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