Here at BCA we believe that staff are the ‘lead learners’ in a ‘learning community’ and that teaching and learning is the driver of school improvement.
As such, we provide teachers with over 60 hours per year of dedicated CPD time. The school day has also been changed in order to ensure that a dedicated hour of CPD time is provided each week on top of calendared INSET days.
CPD is largely driven by the talents of our own staff and is tailored to the requirements of each of our individual staff members. This ranges from Lesson Study, where teachers undertake action research to look for ways to improve teaching and learning, to speed dating, where teachers share ideas on strategies that have helped students learn. This staff development is also supported by subsidised opportunities to develop leadership skills through externally accredited courses such as a school based Masters programme in Teaching and Learning through the University of Chester. Other leadership opportunities include the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) & National Professional Qualification for Secondary Leadership (NPQSL) through the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Several of our teachers are also currently undertaking Teaching Leaders accreditation.
The school has also recently hosted two innovative TeachMeet events where staff from across the North West of England came together to share ideas on improving student learning.
If you want any further information on CPD available at the academy please do not hesitate to contact us.