Following our recognition as a High Performing Specialist School, we were awarded Training School status in 2007. The Governors and Staff believe strongly in the benefits of school led training; high quality teaching delivered by a motivated and well developed workforce is central to raising standards. We are committed to becoming a centre of excellence for the training of teachers and the development of the whole school workforce across our school, partner schools, and the wider community. Our induction programme, run for all new staff, sets the tone for developing a motivated and integrated workforce.
We have a track record of excellence in training and professional development: accredited IIP since 1999; registered NAPTA institution since 2004 (recognised as a Centre of Good Practice in the Management & Development of Support Staff); Beacon School from 1998 in areas including ITT and support for NQTs. As a school, we aim to develop and grow future leadership talent: we have invested heavily in middle leadership through professional development training, coaching and mentoring
In-house career development workshops for teachers in their early years, with personal consultations, help them develop leadership and management skills and enable them to contribute to the school community through specific projects. Each teacher is mentored by a senior member of staff, who, through coaching, empowers them to solve problems and become more self-aware and confident.
All eligible staff are registered for Chartered London Teacher status; regular meetings enable expertise to be shared. Teachers then carry out action research projects which focus explicitly on increasing pupil attainment and achievement.
We collaborate with others for the benefit of staff and students beyond our own boundaries. For example we work in partnership with Ealing Local Authority and Greenford High School, the other local Training School. Our in-house CPD programme is open to the whole LA and some of it is available nationally, through the TDA website. The aim of Training Schools is to build up and share good and developing Initial Teacher Training (ITT) practice with other schools and their training providers, both within their existing partnership networks and beyond. We are involved in a wide range of professional development and training programmes, ranging from coaching for leadership to child protection training. We provide second training placements for candidates following the Graduate teacher Programme (GTP) route into teaching, working in partnership with their ‘home’ schools. Prospective recruits into teaching are welcome to visit the school by arrangement and spend time in lessons and with members of our pastoral and subject teams.
We are a school that champions learning; achieving this status has enabled us to develop and extend our own good practice and share it with other schools and colleges in a mutually beneficial partnership.