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.
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 training since September has included:
Health and Safety, Anaphylaxis Training, Safeguarding, CSE Updates, Narrative (SLCN), Spirituality, Word Aware, Attachment Training, Mastery and variance in Mathematics, Reading, Autism,
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
Each week the teachers and teaching assistants meet to review practice and plan improvements. Our training this year has mainly focused on the following key areas;
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.
Our staff work alongside a number of leaders from other schools in Malvern to develop good practice. We host Early Years meetings, RE meetings, Mathematics meeting and English Meetings.
Training for Specific Programmes
Some children benefit from specific interventions to help them consolidate and practise key learning in English 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.
Training has included;
Our well being approach is based on the Thrive approach which is a special programme that our staff have been trained in to support the social and emotional needs of our pupils.
Over time we have been able to send several members of key staff on accredited courses to 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.