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Staff development

Our vision for teaching, learning and leadership is a continual professional development culture that nurtures staff who are willing to share, support, explore and learn together.

Our dedicated teaching, learning and leadership team aim to develop and grow both staff at Ridgewood and our colleagues in our partner schools. Our programmes are designed to encourage staff to take risks and innovate in ways that are right for our students and also to develop staff within in their own roles and be ready to take the next steps in their career.

All this is achieved through a variety of bespoke training and coaching programmes. All staff are invited and encouraged to develop their expertise both in their own pedagogy and in their leadership skills as we strive to close gaps and ensure outstanding outcomes in our students.

Specific areas of focus for all layers of school development planning and leadership both inform and drive our CPD throughout the academic year. This becomes our toolkit where we work together to close gaps and ensure outstanding outcomes for all the students in our care.

Our Monday night training is where all staff attend and address our SDP priorities through our Creating Futures Cycle. Our weekly Teaching and Learning briefings ensure our high expectations at Ridgewood are high profile to ensure clarity and share best practice. In addition, bespoke packages are available for all staff and discussions with line managers will inform engagement in these sessions. 

An overview of our CPD Strands

At Ridgewood, we also benefit from a bespoke leadership development programme. Training, coaching, shadowing of roles, one-to-one support, project based development and a range of other forms of CPD can be organised in order to support staff to develop effectively in their jobs, and to understand how to make the next step in their career.

Our unique Oracle Leadership Development Programme offers all staff the chance to access training based on their own needs and aspirations, and matches training available to our ten Ridgewood Leadership Traits, which have been developed to promote effective leadership in all areas of the school.

Staff benefit from being able to select CPD to undertake at a time which suits them, and in a format which matches their learning style. All CPD is also recorded centrally, so staff have a comprehensive record of the training they have taken part in each year, and can use this to develop their own training package as they progress through their career.
Oracle is based on three principles of CPD:
  • Effective training and development is honestly and frequently identified and initiated by the individual and matches their specific needs
  • Training is the same as learning and everyone can always learn more and be even better at what they do
  • Being the best you can be through training and development increases confidence, competence and happiness

For more information about Oracle or any of our other training and development opportunties, please use our Contact Us facility.