At The Dearne ALC we pride ourselves on providing a tailored training experience to accelerate the development of ITT candidates and NQTs through: honest and robust mentoring; bespoke CPD and seminar programmes; action research into teaching and learning through PiPs (Pedagogy in Practice); collaborations with partner schools and feeder primaries; collaboration with training providers, as well as access to our very own CPD room that hosts a teaching and learning library and a showcase of best practice .
We work in partnership with a range of teacher training providers, supporting a number of routes into teaching. Furthermore we are committed to investing in the support and training of unqualified colleagues, as well as providing opportunities, for the right candidates, to qualify in teaching through assessment only routes in to teaching.
Most faculty areas have a designated Leadership Coach that leads on the mentoring and training within their area.
In addition to this, regular quality assurance and training against the Department of Education’s standards for mentors.
Subject mentors meet with their trainees once a week to cover the outlined areas:
We are totally committed to developing our teaching and learning strategies so we can produce outstanding outcomes for the children at Dearne ALC. As a body of staff who share that vision and purpose we want to recognise, reflect, innovate, develop and support each other so that we can provide the high quality learning that will inspire the children we teach. Put simply, we have to continually improve and adapt what we do in the classroom so our children are able to go to the next stage of their life, whatever that may be!
The seminar programme has been designed to cater for all teaching staff and is being delivered by teaching staff who have different experience and different expertise.
The seminar programme is designed to meet the eight teaching standards and underpins our shared vision and ethos for driving the progress of learners through the Dearne ALC’s Teaching and Learning Pledge.
“Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is positive, supportive and caring.” Ofsted 2016
“The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”
68% of students make expected progress or better
“They are given a significant range of extra opportunities which prepare them well for life beyond the school. These pupils speak with passion and confidence about their ambitious aspirations for the future.” Ofsted 2016
of more able students achieved an A or A*
Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths