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Sir David Carter: MAT expansion
The national schools commissioner gives his advice to MATs on persuading schools to join them, including having a balance of different schools, collaborating with other trusts and and offering associate membership. Read more...
The importance of early career development for teachers
One expert argues that improving CPD for new teachers can improve retention. She says that schools should support NQTs by introducing instructional coaching which is linked to deliberate practice. She also recommends a collaborative, subject-specific approach to professional development which makes the most of technology. Read more...
MATs need to return to a narrative of 'public good'
Leora Cruddas, CEO of FASNA, has called for multi-academy trusts to challenge the 'marketisation' narrative in which trusts are portrayed as businesses, arguing that 'the value proposition of a trust is not profit, it is the education of children.' Read more...
EPI report on school performance
A new report by the Education Policy Institute finds little difference in school performance across the country when comparing multi-academy trusts and local authorities. However, it shows that council-run primaries tend to perform better, whereas performance is higher for secondaries in MATs. It suggests that interventions between councils and trusts should happen in both directions. Read more...
CPD courses for new teachers
Our CPD Library contains courses relevant to all staff across your schools, from NQTs to Heads.
Our training resources for new teachers include Managing your NQT Year and Trainee Teachers. Both courses are designed to give specific support to new teachers as they seek to manage the challenges of their first few years of teaching.
We also offer courses for those involved in training younger teachers, such as Mentoring Trainee Teachers and Coaching Fundamentals. These courses help leaders to create a culture of coaching and mentoring which promotes best practice.
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