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Professional Development

Our vision

The CPD programme at The Fernwood School is designed to improve staff’s attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills. Our CPD programme is not a ‘bolt-on’ or a short-term experience, but a continuous exercise in addressing individuals’ needs and supporting improvements in their professional practice over time.

Our vision is that of a learning community where everyone is involved and contributes to a culture of continuous improvement. We are committed to ensuring that the training and continuous professional development that takes place in school is of the highest possible quality. We want staff, wherever possible, to take ownership of their own professional development. We believe that the opportunity for continuous development both professionally and personally improves standards and raises morale through personal and professional fulfilment. We want there to be a tangible ‘Buzz’ about teaching and learning in school.

The Fernwood School has over 1000 pupils and 100 plus teaching and support staff. We have put CPD structures in place which are planned not only to get our new staff up to speed and working at a very high level quickly, but to deepen and further the knowledge of our existing staff. We aim to provide opportunities for staff to collaborate and share their expertise with others both within departments and across the school. Our close links with nearby schools and George Spencer Teaching School Alliance, ensures that we can provide opportunities for collaboration and development in a range of settings. In addition, we are an SSAT Leading Edge School and through the leading edge we work alongside other schools nationally to share and develop practice through the Framework for Exceptional Education.

Specialised CPD Programmes

New Staff Induction Programme

All staff (teaching and non-teaching) attend a one-day induction to the school before the new academic year starts. The programme covers school ethos, policies and procedures and an introduction to our teaching and learning model.

Newly Qualified Teacher Programme

Our newly qualified teachers experience a rich and comprehensive programme of support from a dedicated NQT Coordinator. The programme covers all aspects of teaching, learning and behaviour management and provides weekly developmental sessions in which ongoing effective practice is shared.

ITT Programme

We believe in supporting new teachers from the very start of their career and work in partnership with the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University. We also offer placements to trainees from a range of teaching school alliances depending on our subject specialism requirements. We have a dedicated PGCE Co-ordinator who leads weekly professional development and reflection sessions with our trainees.

Teaching and Learning Communities

All teaching and classroom support staff work collaboratively in cross-curricular Teaching and Learning Communities. The groups meet 6 times a year with an identified focus that is directly linked to the School Improvement Plan. The TLCs provide opportunities for collaboration within and across faculties and have a solution driven approach to tackling key issues and developments in teaching and learning.

Buzz Breakfasts

We regularly hold Buzz Breakfasts which provide the opportunity for staff to share ideas related to innovative aspects of teaching and learning in a relaxed and informal setting – with breakfast. Participants then share ideas from the Buzz Breakfasts with all staff during allocated morning briefings.

One-to-one Coaching

The school works in collaboration with a professional coach to provide the opportunity for staff to access bespoke one-to-one coaching. Staff have three sessions with a coach on a self-directed aspect of personal or professional development.

Whole staff INSET: Teacher Days

Staff development and training days provide time for all staff to fully immerse themselves in aspects of teaching and learning, curriculum developments and the latest educational policy and practice. We are proud of the quality of our INSET provision which is always high quality, innovative and designed to meet the needs of the staff and pupils of the school.

The Fernwood Research Hub

We are currently developing a Research Hub, the aim of which is to provide personalised professional learning through supported autonomy for all staff from September 2020.


Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
0115 9286 326 |
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