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    "We know that teachers learn best from other professionals and that an 'open classroom' culture is vital: observing teaching and being observed, having the opportunity to plan, prepare, reflect and teach with other teachers. Too little teacher training takes place on the job, and too much professional development involves compliance with bureaucratic initiatives rather than working with other teachers to develop effective practice"

    The Importance of Teaching, 2010


    Notre Dame's vision for Continuing Professional Development:

    "A culture of allies that support each other's professional development, sharing the belief that we are all life-long learners, and empowering each other as resilient professionals resulting in better outcomes for students"


    Our CPD aims:

    1. To maintain a focus on pupil outcomes in all that we do;

    2. To base changes to our practice on robust evidence and expertise;

    3. To nurture effective collaboration between colleagues in order to share best practice, whilst respecting that there are many styles of teaching;

    4. To allow staff time to effectively embed enhancements to their practice, through sustained programmes of CPD.


    Our CPD pillars:

    Our formal CPD activities fall into the following ‘pillars’, although we recognise that there are numerous informal CPD opportunities which occur on an adhoc basis:


    *We encourage teachers to complete professional qualification, and recognise the time commitment involved in some cases. Teachers can apply to ‘opt out’ of T&L group work and use disaggregated time to enable them to undertake approved qualifications.


    How out CPD delivers on whole-school and individual need:

    Our CPD is integrated with our Performance Management (PM) and Quality Assurance (QA) processes, such that we respond to individual training and development needs as well as the aims of the school overall.

    Each year, evidence from QA across the school is used to develop a menu of PM objectives. Teachers choose the most appropriate objective during their annual PM review. QA and school aims are also referred to in developing a calendar of CPD twilight sessions which run every Monday after school.


    The T&L group system:

    Following the completion of PM annual reviews, teachers join with others sharing the same T&L objective in T&L groups. These groups focus their activities on improving an aspect of Pedagogy, with a resulting improvement in student outcomes.

    • They attend Teaching and Learning Group meetings. T&L groups are formed of staff with common PM objectives. During each meeting, group members discuss their objective, and then considers a range of researched, evidenced techniques and strategies. Each individual then action plans how to apply what they have learnt to their classroom practice, and defines the evidence that would demonstrate success by pre-populating a peer observation form.


    • They Peer observe one another. Within T&L groups pairs of staff are formed. These pairs observe one another in between each T&L group meeting, looking for evidence as defined by the observee.


    • They support each other to evaluate impact. Pairs meet following peer observing each other to discuss what has been observed, evaluating their action plans before their T&L group next meets.


    Collaborative planning meetings:

    Teachers to meet in department or subject groups in order to collaboratively plan ahead throughout the year. Within these sessions, subject experts deliver CPD for less experienced colleagues. The sessions are chaired by the Head of subject / faculty and follow an agenda containing a series of prompt questions to minuted action points.

    Related links:

    Our staff keep a record of all CPD in a folder called a CPD Portfolio, including notes and resources for T&L group meetings; action plans; peer observation records; peer evaluation minutes. The related forms can be downloaded here:

    Action plan and peer reflection

    Peer observation form

    Calendar of Internal CPD 2019-20

    Subject collaborative planning session agenda

    External CPD request form

    Internal CPD opt-out application form

    All members of staff, including those who work to research and provide resources for T&L group meetings, are encouraged to share latest T&L developments. Click to visit the NDHS Blog spot.