Wimbledon College has a wide ranging CPD programme that helps teachers develop throughout their career.
All teaching staff join an online Professional Development platform called Bluesky. Bluesky administers all appraisal, observations and continual professional development so that staff and their line managers can closely track professional development.
Induction for new staff
All new staff are enrolled onto a course called Jesuit i. These sessions allow staff to fully understand Jesuit ethos. This is further developed by staffs who wish to pursue this and they can attend a two day retreat session to build upon Jesuit i.
The College places staff development as key priority and there are regular opportunities for staff to attned a range of external courses and INSETs. We also use outside speakers to come in and speak to whole staff or specific departments. Our most recent speaker was Jim Smith who focused on creating a love of learning and how to make students more active rather than passive learners.
Wimbledon College runs an internal staff development programme based over two fortnights in the academic year. During a fortnight up to 20 sessions maybe on offer ranging from differentiation, stretching the more able, classroom management and creating a love of learning. The programme also aims to develop teachers more holistically by focusing on issues such as work-life balance, time management skills, data analysis and Jesuit ethos. One such programme ‘what is the heart of Wimbledon College’ aims at allowing teachers to reflect but also further develop their understanding of our education mission.
We also run Group Research Projects where staff have the opportunity to receive INSET based on an area of interest and development and then have an academic year to research this further and investigate the impact on the class room. Recent themes have includes: the role of technology, less teacher talk, online self assessment and open ended questioning. As part of this process peer lesson observation is strongly recommended so teachers can see research in action.
Feedback from staff evaluations
“really inspirational- packed full of practical ideas and activities”
“It was an excellent opportunity to lead sessions for staff and share different interests and specialisms.
fresh approach to your lessons.”
“I found both sessions I attended extremely beneficial. I have already started organising my notes, etc. from the evernote/pocket session and I have planned some lessons based on the film making session. It will be very useful for the future.I think it is the best way to deliver quality and varied CPD”
“best in house CPDs we've had! Professionally presented and relevant.”
We also support staff to undertake Masters Qualifications, PhDs and National Programmes such as National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) as well as the Senior (NPQSL) and Headteacher (NPQH) version of this. Wimbledon College is also part of the Merton Outstanding teacher programme and each year we send select staff to complete this course and provide them with the opportunity to feedback to staff.