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 recent training has included,
13.5.15 Assessment without levels
5.1.15 Curriculum – getting to grips with the new curriculum and ensuring good coverage
1.9.14 / Health and Safety
2.9.14 Epi pen training
1.9.14 Numicon Training – to support high quality learning in Maths
Whole School training events organised for Malvern Schools
September 2015 Using ipads to support learning Tim Rylands
September 2012 Maths Anthony Ready
September 2011 Towards Successful Learning Di Pardoe
Each week the teaching staff 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.
Last year two members of staff have taken up this opportunity and their work has greatly influenced our practice at St. Matthias in an extremely positive way. This year, we have one member of staff completing her Middle Leadership Training.
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;
Thrive is a special programme we have introduced at St. Matthias to support the social and emotional needs of our pupils. This programme has now been running for 3 years at St. Matthias and many children have benefited from this programme.
Over time we have been able to send several members of key staff on accredited courses to provide Thrive support and the key messages of this programme have been shared with all staff to ensure a consistent approach across the school.
We are now starting to 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.