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CPD & Leadership

Continued Professional Development

We believe wholeheartedly in CPD for all teachers whatever stage they are at in their career.

You can download our latest brochure here.

Our programmes include:

NQT training for Secondary and Primary phase - Please our page dedicated to these courses. 

Physics Subject Speclialist Training (funded by NCTL):

We have been lucky enough to secure funding to deliver subject training for physicists to anyone who would like to retrain as a physics teacher or is returning to teaching. Please click here for further information.

National Professional Qualifications in Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership, Headship and Beyond. (NPQML/SL/H)

These programmes are part of joint National license with Learners First (Wickersley Teaching School Alliance).  Please contact to discuss your options for these programmes or download the flyers:

Recently Qualified Teachers

Our programme begins in November each year and runs for a full academic year. We invite colleagues in the first five years of their career to join the programme. We asked RQT colleagues what they would like from the programme and designed the whole thing around their needs. We are keen to ensure that this work links with RQT current priorities in school so we ask them to think about their appraisal targets, school improvement plans or personal development goals.

The calendar looks something like this:

  • Meet, greet and swap resources in a twilight session 4pm until 6pm in November/December
  • A full day of workshops led by practising teachers in outstanding pastoral leadership, outstanding middle leadership, independent learning and how to use data outside of my own classroom. We also ask participants to bring a resource that they have recently tried and to swap these resources.
  • Collaborative work across schools – colleagues create groups of three based on a theme that they have identified during the workshop day. The groups spend several months working together across schools to plan, teach and observe each other.
  • The course leaders visit the groups to discuss progress and to help guide the group’s work if required. Participants can also come to a drop-in session to discuss their work and iron out any problems.
  • Celebration evening – we come together as a cohort to present our findings to an invited audience from participating schools

The work they carry out in their triads will feed directly into the ECDP Masters in Education programme and allow participants to start the first module with work already completed. The Early Career Development Programme (ECDP) which is a Masters in Education at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

Please note that the fees for this course are negotiated through business to business rates and are not as quoted on the SHU website.  

If you would like to join the programme, please contact or download our flyer.


School Direct

Our School Direct programme (link to Get into Teaching page) is one of the largest in the country and is nationally recognised through our membership of the School Direct Reference Group which is chaired by the chief executive of the teaching agency. We are always looking for colleagues to become involved in the delivery of the training to new teachers and to help with quality assurance. Many of our SLEs take on this role but as the network expands we need to expand our workforce.  If you are interested in discussing this work or in becoming involved in our School Direct network please drop us a line at

Subject Networks


The Secondary English subject leaders continue to meet regularly around the city. This is a self-sustaining free network which is hosted by subject leaders for subject leaders. Please contact Richard Benn (SLE for English) at Silverdale School if you want to join the meeting as a new subject leader.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Sheffield Teaching School Alliance is a representative on the CWLB EAL Steering group and is committed to working with this group to develop CPD and partnership working with schools, Universities and experts in the city and beyond. The group are working to bring together all the EAL ‘experts’ in the city so that we can design and deliver a coherent programme of support for teachers of EAL. We have a day of visioning and a Spring conference planned for 2015. Please contact if you are interested in the work of the steering group alternatively contact the chair of this group

Language Teachers Support Network

In partnership with Porter Croft Church of England Primary School, King Edward VII School, Languages Sheffield, Sheffield’s City Wide Learning Body (CWLB) and Silverdale School we have come together to create a network to support all teachers of languages in the city and beyond. The aim of the network is bring together teachers of languages in the city across all phases and to create a space for colleagues to hear about current developments, exchange ideas and collaborate.

The CWLB has provided a small amount of funding for the network to pump-prime the start-up.  We have one SLE for MFL Eva Lamb from King Edward’s who can be contacted at for further details of the next network meeting alternatively check our calendar – (link to calendar page). We are currently looking for a primary colleague to take up the SLE mantle on behalf of primary schools and to work with Eva to collaborate across key stages. (link to becoming an SLE page)


The Secondary Maths subject leaders continue to meet regularly around the city. This is a self-sustaining free network which is hosted by subject leaders for subject leaders. Please contact Alida Allen (SLE for maths) at Forge Valley School if you want to join the meeting as a new subject leader.

Sheffield Arts Network

The Arts network is for all the arts: dance, drama, music, performing arts and visual art and its aim is to provide a place where colleagues can come together to hear about new developments, meet providers and talk to each other. We have set up this network with sponsorship from Cape UK Ltd with whom we have appointed a Specialist Leader in the Cultural Learning (SLiCL) called Donna Watkins to drive forward the network and activity. We are very mindful of the number of networks available for the arts in the region through our connections with Cape UK Ltd, Sheffield Theatres, Showroom Cinema and the Music hubs to name a few so our aim is to add to this provision.  Donna can be contacted at and will be happy to talk to you about the network – the dates of the meetings are on our calendar.