Providing strong professional development opportunities and investing in peoples’ futures contributes directly to improving the offer for students in the Trust’s 31 academies. It will help make significant improvements in the quality of teaching and learning as well as leadership which should ultimately improve student attainment.
All educational professionals working at the Trust have access to a ‘core offer’ which is being made available at no cost in the first year. This includes a NQT Development Programme, a Developing Teacher Programme, a Middle Leadership Programme and Leadership Conferences. An extensive programme of over 100 courses can also be accessed for a small fee.
The Learning Alliance was officially launched at the Trust’s Annual Conference in July 2016 and the comprehensive programme of events kicks off this month with the first Leadership Conference today (Friday 2 September) at Belton Woods Hotel.
The esteemed Professor John West-Burnham is the keynote speaker and will be running a number of sessions which will cover the changing context for school leadership, the components of effective leadership, strategic thinking and leading change. The conference will provide leaders across the Trust with an opportunity to share and review their understanding of the nature of effective leadership.
Emma Hadley, Regional Education Director, said: “The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust passionately believes in learning and developing its professionals in order to maximise the opportunities and success of its young people.
“The Learning Alliance is one of a number of new initiatives that we have put in place to this next academic year in order to improve outcomes further in 2017. We are confident that it will ensure that staff are developed and able to adapt to changes in the curriculum.”