Our ApproachApproach to Professional Learning and Development
‘Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.’ Dylan Wiliam.
Professional Learning and Development (PLD)
We understand that every member of staff’s learning and development needs are different. From the minute a colleague sets foot in the door as a trainee teacher to the day he or she retires, our PLD programme provides something for everyone.
Not every teacher wants to become a leader; not every TA wants to become a HLTA; not every leader wants to become a deputy headteacher; not every headteacher wants to become CEO. This is why we have developed Pathways, a bespoke PLD entitlement model that puts staff in control of their own continued and self-professional development.
At the heart of Pathways is the universal offer that every member of staff will access throughout the year, most likely as part of staff training and development days and weekly professional development meetings after school. In addition, Pathways offers a rich and varied menu of bespoke professional development activities for staff to choose from, depending on where they are in their career.
As a teacher these include:
Membership of an innovation network
One-to-one mentoring and coaching
‘Polishing Pedagogy’ masterclasses
Apple Teacher programme
Access to Whole Education and SSAT activities
Delivery of ITT sessions
Presenting at our annual trust Standingout conference in Birmingham
As a leader these include:
First steps (middle and senior)
Associate leader programme (core team)
Innovation network lead
Hub subject lead
Specialist, Local and National Leader of Education
Executive coaching and mentoring
Access to the full range of National Professional Qualifications
A development entitlement framework for staff
We believe that if we are to make our people become the best they can be, then we need to invest significantly in them. This means that as an entitlement, every member of staff has access to a menu of high quality professional learning and development (PLD) programmes and activities that support them in their career, whether it be as an excellent teacher or leader (or both).
Pathways does exactly that. Depending on where staff are on their chosen career path, our entitlement framework allows them to choose from a menu of activities and programmes that are right for them. At the core of this is the universal offer that is available to all staff regardless of experience. Alongside this are a number of activities and programmes – some provided by us and others by our national partners – that form the heart of the appraisal process and allow staff to take control of their own continued self and professional development (CSPD).
Whatever route staff choose to take, based on an annual appraisal review of professional development needs, Pathways will ensure that all PLD is based on the 2015 DfE Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development:
Have a focus on improving and evaluating pupil outcomes
Be underpinned by robust evidence and expertise
Include collaboration and expert challenge
Be sustainable over time (long term impact)
Remain prioritised and valued by everyone across the trust
Find out more
You can find out more about what staff are up to by following our professional learning and development twitter feed @VicTrustCPD
Annual Trust Conference
Without doubt, our annual Standingout trust conference is the professional learning and development highlight of the school year. Every year, we focus on family, embrace innovation and seize success by closing each of our academies so that all the staff can be a part of the conference. It began in 2016 at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham with our first few schools. We’ve since moved to a larger venue, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, home to England cricket and the Ashes.
With a blend of teacher-led action research and teachmeet sessions, trustee and governor workshops, headteacher presentations and keynotes from our chief executive and acclaimed speakers from the world of education and business, the event each February is always the perfect way to celebrate FIDES and bring our values to life.
You can read the CEO’s blog all about our inaugural 2016 conference here https://www.leadershipmatters.org.uk/articles/the-power-of-love/
You can find out more on Twitter using #standingout16, #standingout17 and #standingout18 hashtags.
Train to teach. Make the difference.
We value the fact that our small SCITT guarantees a personalised and bespoke training programme to suit busy and varied lifestyles. By deliberately restricting numbers to 16, we ensure you receive continued small-group and one-to-one coaching, mentoring and support.
Centrally-based at Victoria Park Academy in Smethwick, gain QTS and/or a PGCE in a dynamic environment by training to become a teacher in a number of our schools.
Train to Teach. Make the Difference
Find out more, including FAQs and how to apply about training with us, by visiting our dedicated website.