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Staff Development

We believe it is imperative that our staff get the very best training, not only to ensure all of our students receive the very best teaching but also, to enable them develop as professionals.

Our staff are supported in a number of ways:

Partnership with the Subject Research Group at University College London (UCL)

We have formed a partnership with the Subject Research Group at the UCL Institute of Education. This allows are staff to keep abreast of the latest academic research and thinking within each subject discipline, and apply this to lessons and assessments at the Academy.

The Be Bold Network

The Be Bold Network, supported by Evidence Based Education and Teach First, has been established.  The aim of this network is to bring current academic research about education to the forefront of teacher’s minds. Key educational thinkers share their research. So far Bolder has hosted Bradley Busch, an expert on metacognition, Sam Sims, author of the Teacher Gap, and Lucy Crehan, author of Cleverlands and, Tom Sherrington, a leader in his field, on dual coding.

The Be Bold Network also hosts subject specific forums at Bolder throughout the academic year. November saw our first History forum, led by our Humanities lead practitioner Sam Jones, on Medieval and Early Modern History. We welcomed Dr Euan Roger, from the National Archives, as our keynote speaker, along with Professor Jonathan Phillips, Dr Hannes Klieneke & Professor Andrew Jotischky.

Partnership with Accenture and Sky

This academic year we have also formed a partnership with Accenture, to grow our future leaders.

Sky have also continued their support of Bolder Academy by offering a range of professional development sessions on a Friday morning to staff. So far staff have been supported with coaching, effective time management and wellbeing strategies.

Partnership with Teach First

The development of our staff is further supported by our partnership with Teach First. Three staff are currently completing the Teach First NPQML – A teaching leadership course aimed at developing Middle Leaders; three staff are currently completing the Teach First NPQSL – A teaching leadership course aimed at developing Senior Leaders; one staff member is currently completing the Teach First Careers and employability leadership programme: A course aimed at developing the careers programme within schools across the country.

Partnership with Ark Mastery

To support the development of our curricula in Maths and English, we work closely with colleagues from the Ark Mastery programme. Staff receive regular coaching and support with delivering their respective curriculums, as well as the opportunity to moderate practice and assessments with other schools across the country.

Other opportunities

We also remain committed to the following professional development programmes:

  1. All department teams are members of the Hounslow Subject Network group. This is an opportunity for staff to meet with colleagues across the borough in their subject discipline, moderating schemes of work and assessment as well as sharing best practice.
  2. Bolder Academy is a member of the London West Alliance Training Programme, enabling staff to receive regular professional development opportunities.
  3. We welcome teachers from across London to work with departments on a subject specific basis. This will allow staff the opportunity to quality assure their teaching and assessments, as well as receive 1:1 support from a subject specialist.
  4. We employ a Teaching and Learning consultant, who provides 1:1 coaching with staff around their teaching.

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