This month, teaching staff were once again focussing on their own professional development as they participated in another two-hour session which focussed on key aspects of teaching and learning.

The session was part of the school’s #alwayslearning programme in which all staff participate in order to develop key skills that will support students’ learning. Since the start of the academic year, teaching staff have selected a focus from a choice of four aspects of teaching and learning: modelling, explanation, practice and questioning. Staff then work with colleagues to read current educational research, share examples of effective practice and support each other by observing lessons to further refine their classroom teaching.

Continuous Professional Development is vital in all schools, as effective teaching requires considerable knowledge, skill, and this should be developed as teachers’ careers progress. Culcheth High School’s commitment to high standards of CPD was recognised last year by the Teacher Development Trust. The school was given their Bronze Award for the work done in the first year of the #alwayslearning programme and this is being built upon this year by staff continually developing and supporting each other so that students benefit from the best possible teaching.

Mr Brown, Assistant Headteacher in charge of CPD and Staff Development, has been pleased with how much staff feel that they have benefitted from the #alwayslearning programme and he explained that ‘Culcheth High School has a clear commitment to developing high quality CPD for all staff in order to help develop the best possible learning environment for our students. It is a real pleasure to be able to work with colleagues and develop our expertise together.’

All teachers will formally present their work to colleagues in June with a clear focus on how the work done has benefited students and help them to make excellent progress.