Training at The Dearne ALC

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 . 

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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.

Current training partnerships include:

  • Teach First – Yorkshire and The Humber
  • YTCA SCITT (Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance School-Centred Initial Teacher Training) – PGCE Placement
  • YTCA SCITT – Assessment Only
  • Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT
  • Sheffield Hallam University – PGCE,  BSc with QTS routes and STEM outreach projects

​ Mentors

Most faculty areas have a designated Leadership Coach that leads on the mentoring and training within their area. 

All mentors are trained for their assigned trainees’ route into teaching. 

In addition to this, regular quality assurance and training against the Department of Education’s standards for mentors.

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Other School Placements

  • First year trainees will undergo a one week placement at another secondary school at a suitable time between Christmas and Easter for most training providers; seeking a school that is of a contrast to the school they are in and with a particular focus in mind. e.g. visiting a school with a high percentage of EAL; KS5 provision
  • Trainees undergo a placement day between Easter and summer to visit a primary school, preferably a feeder primary and look at transition and the teaching of their subject at KS2. (primary feeder list given out nearer the time)
  • During the summer term trainees further develop their KS2/3 transition experience through The Dearne ALC’s bespoke transition programme that runs over two days, weekly in the final half term of the academic year.


In School Support for Trainees:

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Trainees are scheduled to meet with Assistant Principal/Leadership coaches/PiPs fortnightly:

Subject mentors meet with their trainees once a week to cover the outlined areas:

  • To ensure that the participant has a regular opportunity to touch base with the Subject Mentor
  • For discussion of what has been learned from Summer Institute (Teach First)/Subject Studies programme, Subject Training Days during the year and matters arising from these
  • For discussion of what has been learned from CPD and seminar sessions and matters arising from these
  • To review the achievements and development needs during the year and matters arising from these
  • For discussion of individual targets and training needs and how these may be met
  • To review the participants’ progress in developing subject knowledge
  • To identify how the participant can access the people, resources and professional development experiences needed to make further progress
  • For discussion of the aspects of the Teachers’ Standards which have a subject-specific dimension, and tasks and activities the participants can engage in to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in these areas.
  • To enable the Subject/School Mentor to access and engage with the participants’ developing reflections on his  or her own practice, and progress towards developing a vision for the pupils they teach
  • To enable the Subject School Mentor to conduct focused monitoring of the participants teaching file
  • To monitor the completion of the reflective journal and collation of evidence for QTS using Blue Sky (Teach First only)
  • To monitor the frequency and quality of marking in line with school policy

Overview of support available for trainees and NQTs

  • Bespoke seminar programme run weekly developing a range of pedagogical practice all year round led by specialists and good/outstanding teachers. (see termly seminar booklet for more information)
  • Weekly CPD to develop teaching and learning in cross curriculum and faculty groups.
  • Weekly mentoring with subject specific mentor
  • Fortnightly meeting with  Assistant Principal/Leadership Coaches
  • NQT/MPS “buddy” for new starters
  • External CPD from training provider/University
  • Use of IRIS to evaluate impact of teaching on learning and develop reflective practitioners
  • Team teaching opportunities
  • Joint planning sessions
  • Praise, action & response exemplars – marking and assessment development
  • Meetings with SENCO
  • One to one development on a given area.
  • Peer observation internally and externally
  • IWB training
  • Effective use of data support from the data team and Vice Principal for Progress
  • Opportunities to develop literacy support from the Leader of Oracy and Literacy across the curriculum
  • Opportunities to participate in bespoke transition programme in the summer term with feeder primaries.
  • Specialist support from Leadership Coaches and PIP group
  • Opportunities to develop pastoral skills by supporting a form/year group
  • AFL tool kit, study skills guide and welcome pack
For more information on CPD and Training at The Dearne ALC, including Exemplar Mentor Meeting Foci for the Academic Year, please view the download links at the bottom of the page.

Seminar Programme

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!

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We have tremendously talented teachers at The Dearne ALC – and the seminar programme is about sharing this excellent practice!

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.





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    Ofsted 2016

    “The teaching of mathematics is effective. Most pupils make good progress in this subject.”


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    of more able students achieved an A or A*

    Students leaving with 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths

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