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St Matthias

Church of England Primary School

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Staff Training

Staff Training

The professional development of all staff at St. Matthias is seen as key to improving the quality of teaching and learning, raising the aspirations and expectations of staff and enabling all our pupils to achieve of their very best in terms of personal and academic outcomes.

All staff are encouraged to access continuing professional development opportunities, to support their own personal development and to enable the school to drive forward key priorities for school improvement.


Training Days

All staff take part in our 5 annual INSET days. These are essential for keeping up to date with the changes in educational policy and practice, refining our skills and looking at our school development priorities. 


Our recent training has included,

Health and Safety, Anaphylaxis Training, Safeguarding, CSE Updates, Narrative (SLCN), Spirituality, Word Aware and Attachment Training.

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Whole School training events organised for Malvern Schools

September 2017 Oracy by David Reedy

September 2015  Using ipads to support learning - Tim Rylands

September 2012 Maths - Anthony Ready

September 2011 Towards Successful Learning - Di Pardoe

Staff Meetings

Each week the teaching staff meet to review practice and plan improvements. Our training this year has mainly focused on the following key areas;

  • The New Curriculum introduced for 2014
  • The New Code of Practice for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 
  • Assessment without Levels
  • Changes in the Ofsted Schedule
  • Moderating work to check for consistencies in our assessment judgements
  • Developmental marking - we want to make sure we are giving all children high quality guidance on how to improve their work
  • Strengthening our provision in Science
  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC), promoting British Values and preparing our children for a life in modern Britain

Leadership Development

We offer experienced colleagues the opportunity to participate in established programmes for middle or senior leaders. These programmes are accredited through the National College for School Leadership (NCSL). Participants on these courses work with staff from a wide range of other schools over the course of a year. Part of the training involves identifying an aspect of practice in their own school that can be developed further, leading key improvements in this aspect and presenting the impact of their work at the end of the year. 

A number of staff have taken up this opportunity and their work has greatly influenced our practice at St. Matthias in an extremely positive way. 

Training for Specific Programmes

Many of our children benefit from specific interventions to help them consolidate and practise key learning in Literacy and Maths.

These interventions may be led by an experienced teacher or teaching assistant. Staff new to leading a specific intervention always access training in advance to ensure skills, knowledge and teaching methods are up to date. This way we can ensure our children receive an enhanced educational experience.


Recent training has included;

  • Numbers Count
  • First Class Number
  • Phonics
  • Success at Arithmetic
  • Fischer Family Trust training for Reading and Writing
  • Training to support children with Speech and Language Needs (delivered on site by the Speech and Language Team)

Well Being

Thrive is a special programme we taken part in at St. Matthias to support the social and emotional needs of our pupils. This programme has been running for 3 years at St. Matthias and many children have benefit from this programme.  


Over time we have been able to send several members of key staff on accredited courses to provide Thrive support and support pupil well being.  The key messages of this programme have been shared with all staff to ensure a consistent approach across the school and we continually adapt and improve our practice.


We share these messages with staff from other schools who wish to learn from our experiences or visit us to find out if this is an approach that will work in their own schools.

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