Staff Development

Staff Development

There are many examples of how teaching staff have been supported to progress their careers within the Trust.

Take a look below at some case studies:

Lara Oldfield

Progressed from a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) to Director of Post-16 Studies at the Skegness Academy.
“Within two years of joining the Skegness Academy, my career had really taken off. In addition to my Post-16 work with students I have also worked with staff, having been both a NQT and Graduate Training Programme mentor since completing my own NQT year. I could not have dreamt that such professional progression would come my way and am grateful to the Skegness Academy for making this possible.”

Troy Silvester

Progressed from a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) to Assistant Principal at the Skegness Academy.
“The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has provided me with fantastic opportunities to progress within my career. I progressed quickly from an NQT to Assistant Principal within two years as part of the Trust and have been given invaluable support and provided with opportunities to showcase my ability. The Trust provides fantastic future prospects for those that want it and it is a superb place to develop as a professional.”

Hannah Willis

Hannah was a pupil at St Clements College which became the Skegness Academy. After leaving school and completing her degree, she became an Instructor at the Skegness Academy before starting her teacher training on the School Direct programme. Upon completed her NQT she became a fully-fledged Teacher of PE at the Skegness Academy.
"I enjoy each and every day working in the academy environment. Seeing each pupil progress and develop during their school years is just priceless".
Click here to find out what Hannah has to say about her time on the School Direct training programme.

Rebecca Tanner

Progressed from a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) to Head of Art and Design Technology at the City of Peterborough Academy. 
“Joining the City of Peterborough Academy as an NQT was the best decision I made starting out my teaching career. My instincts and decisions were supported and championed when developing the department and I was quickly asked to be part of the Aspiring Leaders program. During my PGCE I would never have thought that I would be Head of Art and Design Technology within two years and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Alex Emmerson

Progressed from a PE Teacher to Principal of the City of Peterborough Academy. 
"Working for the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has provided me with many opportunities at various roles from PE teacher, Head of Year, Director of Achievement, Assistant Principal, Deputy Principal and finally my current role as Principal. My journey to Headship has been invigorated by the strategic support at the trust, the CPD training and additional responsibilities have provided me with the experiences to develop my management integrity, at all levels, and therefore the impact I have on pupil outcomes. On a daily basis I now draw on these experiences, and I am ever thankful for all the opportunities I have been given".

Sian Gresswell

Sian joined the Trust seven years ago as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) teaching Business Studies and within two years became a Head of Year. She has since taught mathematics and has recently been appointed as an Education Adviser and is leading the Trust’s work in relation to careers and employability.
"I passionately believe in the importance of providing young people with good careers advice, alongside opportunities to develop key employability skills. My own career began in the pharmaceutical industry and I trained to be a teacher when I was 27. Changing careers and moving into the education sector was challenging but absolutely the right decision, with the skills I developed in my previous roles proving to be very useful in the classroom. The support I have received at each stage of my career with the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has made it a very enjoyable and rewarding experience so far."


Non-teaching staff are also supported to enhance their professional knowledge and career within the Trust:

  • Helen Light from the Human Resources team successfully completed the Certificate in Personnel Practice.
  • Louise Spiteri from the Human Resources team successfully completed the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Part One.
  • Nadine Hilliard from the Communications team achieved the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma
  • Holly Dale from the Operations Team is currently studying for a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction and the Built Environment.

The Trust is also supporting a number of classroom support staff with Level 2 and Level 3 courses in Supporting Teaching and Learning at the Mablethorpe Primary Academy, the Ingoldmells Academy, the Green Oaks Primary Academy and the Corby Primary Academy.