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Uxbridge High School

Professional development at UHS

Uxbridge High School values developing their teachers and associate staff and therefore proudly offers an all-encompassing professional development programme for all colleagues employed by the school. The culture ensures teachers work collaboratively to improve their practice and there are numerous opportunities throughout the school calendar where all staff have the opportunity to do this. Our range of professional development opportunities support colleagues with their individual needs, facilitating success for all. Feedback from training offered has been consistently judged as very high quality. 

 

CPD opportunities for staff include:

Aspire Courses 

A Bespoke six session course for all teaching staff, which provides development at all levels of experience. Staff select the course which they would like to follow from the following: 

ASPIRE- Senior Leadership, ASPIRE Middle Leadership, ASPIRE Teaching and Learning, ASPIRE Character and Culture, ASPIRE Inclusion. 

  1. Uses external expertise linked to school based activity. 
  2. Includes peer support. 
  3. Enables staff to be reflective. 
  4. Offers an opportunity to work with colleagues and share professional dialogue and practice. 
  5. Offers opportunities for independent self-study. 
  6. Enables participants to identify the focus of development. 
Teaching and Learning Triads (TLTs) 

Staff work in groups on an agreed area of pedagogy. They share structured feedback, professional dialogue and best practice over the course of an academic year. 

  1. Involves observation and feedback. 
  2. Includes peer support. 
  3. Enables participants to identify the focus of development. 
  4. Enables staff to be reflective 
  5. Offers an opportunity to work with colleagues and share professional dialogue and practice. 
  6. Offers opportunities to receive regular, structured feedback. 
  7. Embeds learning into classroom practice over a period of time. 
Lead Practioner Team (LPT) mentoring and coaching 

Programme for teachers who have been identified for additional support. 

  1. Demonstrates a direct relationship with the classroom / school. 
  2. Offers opportunities to receive regular, structured feedback. 
  3. Involves observation and feedback. 
  4. Embeds learning into classroom practice over a period of time.

The LPT also work in curriculum areas to support curriculum leaders, with the monitoring of teaching and learning and also to deliver specific CPD needs within the department.

Training and development afternoons (Thursdays) 

Regular time allocated for meetings, student progress reviews and training on current CPD requirements. 

  1. Demonstrates a direct relationship with the classroom / school. 
  2. Embeds learning into classroom practice over a period of time. 
  3. Includes peer support. 
  4. Offers an opportunity to work with colleagues and share professional dialogue and practice. 
TeachMeets and Teaching and Learning Fairs 

Termly whole school events where all colleagues have the opportunity to share best practice on a specific area of teaching and learning taken from the SIP. Other schools from across the borough are invited to attend. 

  1. Offers opportunities to share best practice not just across UHS but with other invited schools from across Hillingdon. 
  2. Encourages a culture of professional development. 
Open Classrooms Fortnight 

Every term, open classrooms fortnight is an opportunity for staff to drop in to colleagues lessons to see great practice based on a specific theme taken from the SIP. Colleagues volunteer to open up their classrooms for the fortnight and positive feedback from all lessons is collated. 

  1. Offers opportunities to share best practice across UHS. 
  2. Involves observation and feedback. 
  3. Enables staff to be reflective. 

In modern times, we understand that there is an increasing desire for accredited qualifications, including Masters qualifications and we are proud that we are able to support colleagues in their pursuit of higher and further education. 

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 ensure that all required support is in place.

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 ongoing 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 

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.