Professional development at UHS
Uxbridge High School proudly offers an all-encompassing professional development programme for all staff employed by the school. Our range of professional development opportunities support colleagues with their individual needs facilitating success for all.
Time is dedicated to CPD throughout the year for staff, in which the training offered has been consistently judged as very high quality. We use the CPD budget creatively to invite engaging and relevant guest speakers to the school as part of our highly engaging development days.
In modern times we understand that there is an increasing desire for accredited qualifications including Masters qualifications and we are proud to confirm that we support colleagues in their pursuit of higher and further education.
Our commitment to outstanding leadership is illustrated in our short, medium and long term training courses for leaders at all levels. We host the Teaching Leaders course for middle leaders as part of our package and work closely with a number of local schools to enrich our offer.
Furthermore we support colleagues as appropriate in attending external CPD courses. For example, colleagues may request to attend exam board feedback or subject specific external courses to support their development and therefore all colleagues are encouraged to be pro-active in seeking their own individualised professional development opportunities.
Support for colleagues joining Uxbridge High School
Starting a new school is challenging for all staff regardless of their position. At Uxbridge High School we go that extra mile to ensure all staff experience a comprehensive induction and are intensively supported during their first term.
We provide all staff with a full induction covering key policies and procedures relevant for Uxbridge High School and all teaching staff experience an additional session focused on teaching and learning pedagogy and securing at least good progress for all students. We refer to this as our ‘flying start’ programme and have thus far received 100% positive feedback on the outcomes. We trust that colleagues joining our existing strong team will flourish.
Initial Teacher Training and Newly Qualified Teachers
Uxbridge High School has developed an extensive and comprehensive programme of Initial Teacher Training and we have a very successful history of working with PGCE students, Teach First participants and NQTs. The induction support programme is an individualised programme of support, monitoring and guidance which aims to develop participants into outstanding practitioners. We work incredibly hard to ensure that the statutory requirements are not only met, but exceeded, to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for all involved. This is built upon effective CPD, experienced subject and professional mentors and a drive to ensure that we make success happen.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
Uxbridge High School supports a number of student teachers studying for their Post Graduate Certificate in Education through their school experience. Currently we have partnerships with Brunel University, The Institute of Education and Kingston University taking students in a variety of subjects. Many of these institutions have recently been graded as outstanding by Ofsted and therefore we can be sure that we are working with the very best training providers. Student teachers are provided with a full support network to develop their professional practice. They take part in weekly CPD sessions which are specific to their training needs, have regular meetings with both a subject and professional mentor and regular developmental observation.
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
At Uxbridge High School we have a full NQT programme which aims to support newly qualified teachers in their development as professionals. This consists of weekly CPD sessions, strong mentor partnerships and on-going observations. The training programme is under continued evaluation in order to ensure that it has the desired impact for all participants. Uxbridge High School works closely with the local authority to ensure effective provision and support for all NQTs in them completing their induction year.
We aim to provide all NQTs with opportunities to:
- gain experience of working with young people in the classroom and general school situation;
- develop a range of teaching strategies;
- gain experience in planning, teaching and evaluating lessons and schemes of learning;
- develop skill and understanding in classroom management techniques;
- gain the confidence and skills to establish a purposeful learning environment;
- observe other teachers;
- gain experience of school, department and pastoral organisation; and
- develop the ability to work positively with young people, colleagues and parents.
Teach First is an organisation which aims to address educational inequality for children from low socio-economic backgrounds by narrowing attainment gaps. Uxbridge High has a strong history of involvement in the Teach First programme, being one of the original start up schools. Our Teach First participants receive a full support programme which is based on a strong partnership between Teach First and Uxbridge High School. As well as developing as teachers, the participants complete academic studies which supports their professional development. Each teacher gets a full programme of weekly CPD sessions, a number of mentors who they meet with regularly and frequent observations with developmental feedback.