Staff Development

Development of Teachers

We firmly believe in the concept of ‘lifelong learners’. Whilst our students are learning on a daily basis, we ensure this culture of learning and development is embedded in staff practice. Our Continuing Professional Development and Learning (CPDL) programme for new and established teachers is diverse and focuses on the needs of both the school and the individual.

Familiar Fundamentals

The Waddesdon teaching and learning Familiar Fundamentals are the bread and butter of highly skilled, highly attuned and highly effective Teaching and Learning.  These are accrued over years of reflective practice and through the sensible and open-minded application of research.  The Familiar Fundamentals thread through the CPDL progamme at Waddesdon, encouraging teachers to use research-informed pedagogies as part of their everyday practices.

Waddesdon CPDL Programmes

Available for all teachers:

  • Whole-school CPDL programme and exploration of subject-specific CPDL theme (annually)
  • Engaging in the research that informs the Waddesdon Familiar Fundamentals via Personal Pedagogies (see linked document  below)
  • ‘Designing Great Assessment’ in-house programme
  • Instructional Coaching at Waddesdon
  • Professional Development Programme
  • Pop-up CPDL sessions
  • Self-driven CPDL
  • Sharing best practice via whole-school TeachMeets, subject meetings

Career stage specific:

  • Early Career Teacher (was NQT) 2 year mentoring and support programme
  • Growing great teachers programme (teachers in first 2-5 years of teaching career)
  • Middle and senior leadership support programme (in-house and external programmes offered)
  • New staff induction programme