Staff development is an integral part of professional life at The Friary School and we aim to ensure our staff grow and flourish just as well as our students.

Our CPD programme is plotted through the year and it prioritises the improvement of student learning and guidance. These sessions have been the key drivers in ensuring that teaching at our school is consistently pushed towards an ‘outstanding’ standard.

Good to Outstanding (G2O) Sessions

These compulsory whole-staff sessions run for six evenings per year and focus on key areas for development in relation to teaching, learning and assessment at the school.

They include guidance on ‘The Friary Framework’, as well as topics including the use of data and relationships, which are integral to improving our school.

T&L Twilights

These twilight sessions run throughout the school year and teaching / support staff opt into sessions which appeal or are part of their appraisal targets. They focus on specific issues and are presented by both our own lead teachers and external speakers.

Next Steps Twilights

These twilight sessions are primarily set up for teacher trainees and new staff, although many long-term staff also attend to further improve their practice. Again, they are delivered by senior staff, lead teachers and external speakers.

Monitoring, Assessment & Development Time

Each department is allocated 2 hours per week – outside of scheduled meetings – to work together to plan lessons, moderate assessments, address department priorities, and to ensure that exemplary practice is put in place across the curriculum.

Leadership Development

These sessions seek to develop leadership skills in staff and involve a range of external partners including the Sutton Park Teaching School Alliance, Edge Hill University and PIXL.

Coaching Programme

Our main coaching model sees staff supported in improving their teaching through working with an outstanding practitioner in the school. The programme is supported through directed time, joint planning and lesson observations.

CPD Newsletter

The school publishes a half-termly newsletter which celebrates good practice, disseminates new ideas and approaches and provide updates on topical educational issues and themes.