Continuing Professional Development

Highly qualified and experienced staff lead and facilitate a range of continuing professional development opportunities at The Mead Teaching School. We are keen to respond to schools’ individual development needs and create innovative and rigorous bespoke programmes on a needs led basis. These range from individual staff training sessions to long term whole school development programmes. 

For more information on all courses, or to book, please contact Kyra Ings, Teaching School Administrator at or 01225 7569273.

Latest Courses

NQT Induction Programme 2017-18

(Starts 22nd September 2017)

Supporting NQTs to become outstanding teachers. A series of 6 days covering a wide range of subjects, providing a holistic programme throughout the year to enable newly qualified teachers to become outstanding practitioners.

NQT Programme Flyer 2017-18| Book online

Outstanding Teacher Programme

(Starts 25th September 2017)

This programme is open to teachers with the potential and capacity to deliver consistently outstanding lessons and who will take key ideas and skills back to their school. Two full days and five half-day sessions over a ten week period are interspersed with three in school practice sessions where delegates have the opportunity to apply the skills acquired to class room practice.

Download the flyer | Book online (direct with Avon TSA)

Turbocharge your TA

(Starts 9th October 2017)

Equipping TAs with the skills they need to be a powerhouse of support in the classroom. This comprehensive programme of 7 half-day sessions is for all TAs – whether newly appointed or more experienced. Support your TAs to be the best they can be, and deliver outstanding support for your teachers and children in the classroom by:

  • Increasing pedagogical knowledge
  • Understanding how to support teaching and learning
  • Exploring key research

TA Training Programme Flyer 2017-18 | Book online

Inference & Deduction Skills for Key Stage 1

(18th October 2017)

A TA-led intervention to improve comprehension skills. Have you ever struggled with teaching inference skills to primary aged children? This research based half day course, will show you how to teach inference by discussing the barriers to learning comprehension as identified through research, and suggestions on how they can be addressed.

Download the flyer and booking form | Book online


(1st November 2017 & 29th November 2017)

A TA-led reading & writing intervention for KS1 & 2. Research shows that with professional development and ongoing support, Teaching Assistants can significantly contribute to the reading and writing development of underachieving, disadvantaged children working below age-related expectations.

Download the flyer and booking form | Book online

Inference Training for Key Stages 2/3

(13th November 2017)

A TA-led intervention to improve comprehension skills. Many children who are able to decode text adequately find it more difficult to comprehend and infer meaning. Based on the work of Yuill & Oakhill (2007) and developed further by Tony Whatmuff (ECaR Teacher Leader), Inference Training is a method of improving reading comprehension for children in KS2/3.

Download the flyer and booking form | Book online

Difficult Conversations with Andy Buck

(21st November 2017)

Why they matter and how to have them. We all know having difficult conversations is an essential part of leadership in any school. But this doesn’t make having them any easier. This workshop session will teach middle and senior leaders practical techniques to make these conversations easier and more effective, and give delegates the chance to practise what they have learnt within the session itself.

Places on this twilight session are extremely limited so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

Download the flyer and booking form | Book online

Talk For Writing with Pie Corbett

(4th January 2018)

Practical strategies for developing children as storytellers and writers. This 1 day conference will focus on practical
strategies for developing children as storytellers and writers. Pie will look at how to help children learn a bank of stories through story mapping, using actions and through play.

Download the flyer and booking form | Book online

Improving Teacher Programme

(Starts 12th January 2018)

Open to all teachers who want to improve their teaching and want to learn how to deliver consistently good and outstanding lessons that match sound theory with excellent practice. Six consecutive weekly half-day sessions will prvode teachers with in-depth coaching tailored to their individual needs.

Download the flyer | Book online (direct with Avon TSA)

Diagnosing Reading & Writing Needs

(5th February 2018 & 26th February 2018)

The assessments used to diagnose the areas of reading and writing that children find difficult can be confusing. This 1.5 day course offers the opportunity to consider how the assessments can be used to meet the needs of individual children.

Download the flyer and booking form | Book online

 We have specialist staff available to facilitate development sessions in a range of areas including; teaching and learning, special educational needs, research & development, early years and literacy.  However, this is not an exhaustive list and we welcome opportunities to work alongside schools to develop professional development programmes to suit their individual needs.

Lindsay Palmer

Head of Teaching School, The Mead Academy Trust

I wanted to write to thank you for leading the excellent in-service training on phonics at our school last Monday. Your expertise and experience shone through so that everyone had confidence in what you were presenting. You led the session with assurance and a high emotional intelligence, which meant that you were able to ‘connect’ with the audience. This built their confidence so that everyone had self-belief that they could put actions in place to improve children’s learning in our school. The audience had a very wide range of knowledge and practice in phonics but you managed to engage and enthuse everyone.

I have really enjoyed the course.  It has definitely been the most positive and beneficial teaching course I have completed. 

CPD Delegate

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