King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy is committed to providing high quality continuous professional development for all colleagues, both teaching and support staff, in order that our students achieve educational excellence and can fulfil personal potential.
The academy has a weekly two-hour CPD session for all staff on Wednesday afternoons. This provides the flexibility and regularity to deliver high quality CPD in order to meet the needs of the curriculum, the staff and the students. We also have Professional Learning Communities every Monday after school for all teachers to work collaboratively on educational theories, practice and development.
Chartered College of Teaching Membership
As part of King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy CPD offer and entitlement, all teachers are offered annual membership to the Chartered College of Teaching. The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teachers. Their vision is to celebrate, support and connect teachers to take pride in their profession and provide the best possible education for children and young people. They are dedicated to bridging the gap between practice and research and equipping teachers from the second they enter the classroom with the knowledge and confidence to make the best decisions for their pupils. Through Chartered College of Teaching membership, teachers have access to a wealth of research, resources and insight to enable excellent teaching.
Membership provides colleagues with:
Once a member of The Chartered College of Teaching colleagues have the recognition as a professional, by being awarded the letters MCCT.
All colleagues at the Academy have access to a wealth of resources and individualised CPD packages with Optimus. Optimus provides online CPD for the whole school community and personalised programmes of study that colleagues can assign themselves to. All CPD can be tracked via My CPD Tracker, offering a portfolio of professional development. As well as a termly Insight magazine, there are more than 100 expert led webinars that can be accessed at times that suit colleagues. Optimus also supports leaders at all levels with articles, toolkits, year planners, audits and general guidance, to support and limit workload.