Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Teaching Schools have a strong professional learning culture that contributes to the high level of achievement of pupils. Schools in the Durham Teaching Schools Alliance work closely together with each other and strategic partners to provide a range of professional development opportunities for teachers and support staff.

The Durham Teaching School Alliance works closely with Durham County Council to utilise the expertise of local authority advisors and officers who offer, and deliver, a wide range of support and development in schools.

The Durham Teaching School Alliance works closely with High Force SCITT to design and deliver effective initial teacher training for students and builds on ITT through CPD as part of the professional development continuum.Trainees with High Force SCITT complete a one year full time course leading to QTS with a PGCE.

The teaching school alliance offers a one year full time course for practitioners wishing to specialise in birth to 5. Early Years Teacher Status is offered in partnership with Northumbria University.

The alliance is able to draw on a wide range of experience and expertise from teachers and specialist practitioners in schools across the alliance with the skills and knowledge to deliver bespoke or generic taught programmes as well as coaching and peer- to-peer support.

The Durham Teaching Schools Alliance works with external providers and consultants to broker bespoke support for schools across the alliance.