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Schoolsworks Academy Trust

Continuing Professional and Leadership Development           

We understand the impact that professional development has on outcomes for all children. Therefore,

  • We are committed to providing the highest quality professional development.
  • We will offer a variety of CPD opportunities during the course of the academic year which will range from leadership development to subject knowledge development.
  • Our CPD is not solely in the form of delivered programmes but we aim to provide opportunities for collaboration and networking including secondments. We hope this will give colleagues the opportunity to learn from each other and embed outstanding practice in their own schools.
  • External participants are welcome 

Sessions are on a Monday, on the third week of each month (except in Feb, Dec and July which will be the on the 1st week). At least 3 participants will be required for a session to run - if the session is cancelled then you will be notified by email.

Supporting teaching, enabling progress: for support staff

The materials provided can be used as a framework for an annual cycle of appraisal, as ad hoc units for personal development or to compliment existing in-school training.

Appraisal administration and documentation

The purpose of this appraisal framework is to improve outcomes for children by assisting teaching assistants to develop professionally and to improve their skills and performance.  

Appraisal gives time to think about professional development, the opportunity to talk through ideas and to review working practices.  


 To enable teaching assistants to develop their knowledge and skills to best support pupil learning and welfare.  

 To maximise the effectiveness of all staff by identifying appropriate training to support career development.  

 To provide time and space for a wellbeing check in. 

Appraisal Framework

Job description matched to standards


EEF Summary of recommendations


Teaching Assistant Appraisal Framework

Personal review form


TA Appraisal record form

CPD Training reflection


Training documentation 2021 - 2022

Our training from last year shows what we have built on.

Developing a love of reading

What is a learning objective?


Maths - using rekenreks


Managing challenging behaviour

Training documentation 2022 - 2023

Training 2022 - 2023

Effective Talk - to enable progress and the development of independent learning


Recorded presentation


Mental health and Wellbeing




Effective Modelling




Pro-social behaviour in action




Teacher toolkit: Helping you survive your first five years

Training aimed at any teacher but especially those in the first 5 years of teaching.

To register, select the sessions that you would like to focus on.


Spring Summer

Sept 26th

RC/Rose Green Junior School - Behaviour for Learning

Standard 7

Jan 16th

SV/Rustington Community Primary School - Make accurate and productive use of assessment

Standard 6

April 17th

TBC/Edward Bryant Primary School - Managing difficult conversations with parents

Standard 8

Dec 5th

TBC/East Preston Junior School - Promote good progress and outcomes

Standard 2

March 20th

LS/Whytemead Primary School - Inclusion and challenge

Standard 1

May 15th

KT/River Beach Primary School - Personal effectiveness and wellbeing

Oct 18th

KB (video) - Using INSIGHT tracking system

Jan 17th

JN (video) - Using Accelerated Reader to challenge

Aspiring Subject Leader

Training aimed at new Subject Leaders

To register, select the session.

Oct 17th

DA/River Beach Primary School - New to role - subject leadership

Leading Learning

Training aimed at any teacher looking to lead learning across the school. These courses replace the Middle Leader courses and could be a precusor to the NPQs that Lead Learning.

To register, select all of the sessions in white as they form a project. 

The course in yellow can be taken on its own by those focussing on subject leader impact.

Sessions run from 2pm to 4pm (excluding the Subject Leadership session)

Autumn Spring Summer

Oct 17th

CB/East Preston Junior School- Managing change, agreeing a plan to action

Feb 6th

RW/East Preston Junior School - Observing teaching and learning and giving feedback

July 3rd

MT/East Preston Junior School- Managing change, evaluating impact

Nov 21st

MS/East Preston Junior School - Creating a plan to action using monitoring systems and milestones

Nov 21st

PC/Rose Green Junior School - Subject leadership - Leading learning

Aspiring Senior Leader

Training aimed at aspiring senior leaders. There are two projects led by schools that are specialists and examples of excellent practice. Further dates will be agreed by participants and may also involve an online peer support group.

To register, select the project that you would like to focus on.

We will meet at 4.00pm for an hour in the first instance. 

Project 1 Project 2

Nov 21st

MS/Cornfield School - The Potential of Inclusion

With the support of Cornfields Special School

Nov 21st

RW/River Beach Primary School - Improving outcomes for disadvantaged children

With the support of River Beach School

Aspiring Headship

One-off training sessions that are aimed at senior leaders who are looking to either expand their knowledge or as a precursor to the Headship NPQ.

To register, select any sessions that you would like to focus on.

Sessions start at 4pm and run for 1 hour

Oct 17th

AP/KB/Rustington Community Primary School - Whole school data analysis

Jan 16th

CG/River Beach Primary School - Understanding a budget

March 20th

JJ/Downsbrook Primary School - Health and Safety and Riddor

Nov 21st

DL/Medmerry Primary School - Exclusions

Feb 6th

LW/River Beach Primary School - HR, employment,sickness absence and occupational health

April 17th

AL/River Beach Primary School - Premises


NPQs are available for teachers and leaders who want to develop their knowledge and skills in specialist areas of teaching practice. There are: 8 leadership NPQs which can be studied through recognised providers.
Register your interest here:
We will be setting up peer support groups for those training in a particular cohort within our Trust and our Localities. Email msmailes@rustington.academy to be included in a peer group. To enable this, those involved will study with Sussex Coast Schools Alliance.
See the latest information here:
Leading Teacher Development Leading Behaviour and Culture Framework Leading Teaching Framework Senior Leadership Framework
Headship Framework Executive Leadership Framework Leading Literacy Framework Early Years Framework

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