Why: “Every ‘practitioner’(1) needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” Dylan Wiliam
Vision: All children and adults value their learning, demonstrating both passion and curiosity; succeeding and thriving in a collaborative culture of evidenced informed, ‘world-class’ practice.
Rationale: Effective teaching requires considerable knowledge and skill, which should be developed as practitioners’ careers progress.
High-quality professional development requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other so that pupils benefit from the best possible teaching(2). Therefore, it is our belief that the quality and effectiveness of our professional learning and development strategy and culture significantly impacts upon the successes and achievements of both our children and practitioners.
Irrespective of role, each member of the Prince Albert Community Trust is entitled to purposeful, quality professional learning and development (PLD), enabling us to provide ‘world class’ provision for the children and communities we serve. We ensure our PLD provision and our on-going MAT/ school improvement is intrinsically linked, enabling both a shared sense of purpose and sharp focus on improving pupil outcomes and practitioner effectiveness. Therefore our choices for our PLD programmes are driven by the identified impact need and informed by the change in practice/ provision we intend to make, supporting practitioners to confidently meet the expectations for professional development in the Teacher Standards and the Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants.
(1) Original quote refers to teachers; we use practitioner to include teaching and learning support staff.
(2) Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development