Staff Professional Development
As they share and learn from each other, Bronte teachers seek to practise what they preach about cooperation and learning, and this helps them in their striving to be good role models.
Staff training and personal career progress are essential in the life of a school, contributing to both professional and personal development of staff and, of course, improving teaching and learning.
Training days in school usually involve external specialist instructors and speakers. Training may be about different aspects of education and pedagogy, or may cover areas such as health and safety, safeguarding and welfare of the children in our care.
Mentoring Education Degrees
As a partnership school with Canterbury Christ Church University, we regularly provide placements for students undertaking the Education degrees or PGCE qualifications. In this way, we help teachers of the future, and also benefit from exposure to up-to-date research and educational thinking. Bronte School is able to provide the high quality training and support for the student teachers, and this process also opens up to a healthy self-reflection.
Bronte School mentors and supports the ongoing training and development of existing staff. Many of our teaching assistants have undertaken further qualifications or completed degrees with the support of the School.
Teachers are encouraged to attend training courses in areas relevant to their specialist areas or about general teaching skills. Some members of staff, particularly our Head of Learning Support, Early Years Foundation Stage Coordinator, and the Designated Child Protection Coordinator, also regularly attend courses to ensure the Bronte community complies with frequent improvements and updates to safeguarding regulations.