Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at Silverwood
At Silverwood School we are recognise the overarching importance of high quality and sustained CPD and its impact on meeting pupil needs, improving outcomes and supporting teachers and TAs by equipping them with the skills and knowledge that they need. The School Development Plan and our 5 Year Strategic Plan are key driving factors. The school offers development opportunities for school teachers and support staff, from induction through to early leadership training. These include:
Silverwood School’s Vision is ‘Building Community, Inspiring Learning’. We aim to develop a diverse, highly skilled and motivated workforce that is forward thinking and inspirational; working together for the benefit of our pupils. We understand that everyone in the Silverwood School Community is an individual with different strengths, skills and interests. Consequently, we value all roles and career pathways, seeing every role as contributing to a child's development and success. As such we have created a bespoke career stage offer to show staff some of the career paths available to them within Silverwood. Full details of our comprehensive offer can be accessed in the Silverwood School CPD offer document.
Effective leaders are integral to positive school improvement. Research shows that school leaders can drive improvement through creating the culture, structures and systems that increase the quality of teaching and learning (Leithwood et al., 2019). There are opportunities for research and development in collaboration with other schools and organisations, such as through Challenge Partners. Challenge Partners promotes the sharing of excellent practice, facilitating peer reviews and the running of programmes grounded in evidence of what works, so that our pupils can benefit from the combined wisdom of the system. This enables us to reflect on and develop teaching and learning approaches in school, linking our practice to research. In addition, all senior leaders are enrolled on a programme of leadership development ‘Liberating Leadership’ and a number of senior leaders have a professional coach.
Some staff will choose to extend their skills with the support of a professional coach or through enrolling in academic qualifications which contain a research element, for example, undergraduate degrees, NPQs, routes into teaching and Masters’ degrees.
The impact of our CPD is analysed through Silverwood School’s monitoring and evaluation process. This effectively measures the quality of provision and pupils’ outcomes, ensures regular and accurate feedback through mentoring and coaching and supports teacher appraisal. Feedback is also sought through testimonials and response questionnaires.
Silverwood School CPD Offer – The Learning Community
Bespoke career stage offer in addition to your universal offer