We believe that, through collaboration, our education system can be one of the best. Not only do we invest heavily in the professional learning of our own staff, we also work with local and national partners to share liberally. Over recent years we have hosted visits from more than 300 school leaders wishing to learn from our schools, and have contributed to the Early Career Framework and the drafting of the new standards for Headteachers and NLEs. We have organised and hosted conferences attended by hundreds of teachers focusing on the science of learning and curriculum, as well as networking events for school trusts. In addition, our staff regularly present at conferences such as ResearchEd and Educating Northants.
Below you will find some useful links and resources, extracts from our professional learning sessions, and details of sessions that are open to guests from other schools. We are keen to work with others so please get in touch with our Director of Education, Sallie Stanton, if you would like to collaborate on any future projects or professional learning opportunities.
We believe that world-class training of our teachers and support staff results in unrivalled experiences for pupils. We have a curriculum of professional learning for all our education staff, delivered through an extensive induction programme and supported through coaching and ongoing professional reading, that focuses on culture, curriculum and cognitive science . In addition, we encourage subject expertise by protecting time for department-led professional learning and funding membership of subject associations. We work closely with our family of schools to develop and deliver subject specific training, drawing on our extensive network of partnerships to ensure excellent quality.
We enable professionals to develop throughout their career. Our highly trained professional tutors and mentors support trainees and early career teachers and are delivering the early rollout of the Early Career Framework this year. We have a bespoke training programme for current and aspiring senior leaders as well as access to qualifications including NPQs. We value all our teachers highly, and ensure those who wish to stay in the classroom and hone their craft are supported in doing so. With this in mind we deliver regular trust training focused on enhancing classroom practice and provide funding for teachers to study for a Master’s degree.
When surveyed, our staff comment on their appreciation of our supportive culture and our respect for teachers as professionals.
In early 2020, two of our schools were inspected under the new Ofsted framework. We ran a seminar for local schools feeding back on our experience. This recording is the first part of the seminar:
At Advantage Schools we have a training programme in educational leadership. Here our CEO, Stuart Lock, introduces the principles of leadership at Advantage Schools and outlines the aims and content of the course:
To ensure high quality delivery of education remotely, in the case of self-isolation, bubble or school closure, we reviewed what research and writing was available carefully and consulted with an online tutor to put together a training and support package for our education staff. Here you can view some extracts, showcasing practical strategies for teaching online.
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