George Spencer Teaching School Alliance provides training for teachers in the early years of their career with a suite of CPD opportunities including our Leadership Pathways Programme, Subject or Phase Networks or participating at the EMSYH Pathways to Leadership Programme. Keep up to date with our new programmes and opportunities by subscribing to our mailing list in the sidebar.




Primary and Secondary Programme for 2019


Our Leadership Pathways Programme is aimed at aspiring middle leaders taking their first steps in leading a whole school improvement project. This programme aims to support participants to identify and realize their career aspirations through the use of a 360 leadership competency diagnostic, high quality coaching, role shadowing in others' schools, and in-school leadership project opportunities. Alliance heads and senior leaders play a crucial role in this programme in contributing to the coaching pool and ensuring that all possible role shadowing requests can be met.


Given the growing importance both of school leadership and school to school support, coupled with the potential shortage of headteachers and leaders at other levels, the issue of succession planning and talent management is of great importance. Collaboration and partnership are at the core of ensuring relevant and practical leadership development opportunities for staff. Our Alliance Leadership Pathways programme is already demonstrating its value in providing a framework for the discussion of an individual's leadership journey and the tasks they should undertake along the way.


For further information, please contact courses@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk 




Primary and Secondary Programme for 2019


  • Builds your research literacy skills
  • Grow confidence in running your own small-scale practitioner and enquiry project
  • Develop a critical approach to evidence
  • Become evidence-informed in approaches to classroom practice


The first session starts on Wednesday 13th February starting at 4pm and each of the 4 sessions lasts and hour.






Secondary Programme for 2019


This programme aims to explore specific strategies which have been proven to raise proficiency in the use of academic language amongst learners and how to apply these strategies in order to raise attainment. This programme is specifically designed to help you support and further challenge students to extend academic vocabulary and communication skills, understand and interpret examination questions and explore and develop critical writing.


There will be 3 workshops to be held at George Spencer Academy each lasting 90 minutes.

  • Workshop 1 - 21st January 2019 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Workshop 2 - 11th February 2019 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Workshop 3 - 26th March 2019 4:00 – 5:30pm


For further information or to book places email: courses@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk 




This programme will follow on from the "Aspiring Mentors" NQT elective. It will however, be suitable if this elective has not been covered. A more in-depth programme will follow, that will build on this introduction, for those wishing to develop their coaching skills and understand further.


Developing your Coaching Skills

Wed 10th Oct - 15:30 – 16:30

Securing your Coaching Skills

Tues 27th Nov - 15:30 – 17:00

Embedding your Coaching Skills

Tues 26th Feb - 15:30 – 16:30

Module 1 (1 hour)

• What we mean by coaching and how it differs from other forms of development

• Who am I as a coach?

• What coaching can do in my role?

• What might others need from me as their coach?

• What style can I use?

• Introduction to some of the key skills

Module 2 (1.5 hours)

• Key skills of coaching continued

• The coaching conversion

• How to structure your  coaching?

• Models and frameworks

• Intent vs extent

• Coaching Practice

• Measuring your impact

Module 3 (1 hour)

• Reviewing your coaching

• Being a critical friend

• 3 part coaching cycles

• Your development as a coach

• Reviewing your impact

Gap task: Self coach and skill practice

Gap task: Coach, Coachee and Buddy Support

Ongoing development through career development or ALS

Free for George Spencer Teaching School Alliance members. £50 - for non-members for all three sessions.


For further information or to book places email: courses@george-spencer.notts.sch.uk 





Nominations are sought from aspiring teachers and leaders who wish to broaden their capacity to lead teams of colleagues. You may already lead a small team, or have recently taken on a new role of middle or senior leadership. Our 2018 – 2019 is underway but if you would like additional information please see the attached flyer.

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