St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance School Direct has an outstanding record of training provision and nowhere is this more evident than on the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training that each and every trainee receives. Not only does the training provide a vital link between the practice and professionalism of each placement, but is intrinsic in teaching the trainees all the additional curriculum knowledge that every Primary teacher must know in order to successfully teach their class.
On this page, you will see evidence of this successful training in action, as well as hopefully seeing the fun and diversity of activities provided. Over the year this page will show our trainees progressing until their graduation day, when they will receive the qualification they so richly deserve.
In your face COVID!
Despite the need to switch CPD training to Zoom, due to the ongoing crisis, our dynamic and innovative SD Team have risen to the challenge. Not only have our training leaders adapted their content to the different requirements and technicalities of online training, but they have continued to create exciting and engaging training opportunities as evidenced by the screenshots below. Led by Seanna Reuben-Sweeney and Hannah Nicholson, two of our brightest Science wizards, the trainees were able to conduct their own interactive experiments. No major explosions or monster transformations were reported and all feedback indicated that it was a brilliant success. Not rocket science perhaps, but certainly brilliant St Anthony's CPD Science!
Maths and yet more Maths!
It was time to don masks alongside thinking caps this Friday as our Primary and EYFS cohorts took part in separate Maths training. Underlining the importance of Maths teaching and the need to thoroughly reinforce of this very special strand of teaching, our trainees participated in some age-specific training. Despite the COVID restrictions, bracing breezes (courtesy of COVID regulations), face-masks and other precautions, our trainees were able to fully participate in another round of outstanding training from seasoned training veteran Antoni Biedeka and slighter newer, but still incredibly expert Rebecca Gascoigne. And there was even some online participation as one of our self-isolating trainees joined a fellow trainee by Zoom. Definitely a case of 'phone a friend'.
This Friday saw our enthusiastic Cohort return to the St Mary's Teaching Hub to have their Mathematical skills honed and polished by our own enthusiastic, talented and expert Seanna Reuben-Sweeny. Despite the challenging day, our trainees were still smiling by the end of the session, even managing to make their own star shapes out of the materials to hand. As you can see from the images it was gold stars all around for trainees and trainer!
And so another year of training begins with a new batch of eager and excited trainees being inducted into the wonderful world of teaching by our equally eager and excited trainers.
Although schools this year are working with new guidelines and procedures due to the ongoing response to the pandemic, the same levels of professionalism and dedication are present and will enable our trainees to achieve their true potential in school and out. We anticipate another brilliant year of training and wish all our new trainees the very best of luck!
We begin the page with an ending - a very happy ending, as all the hard work and dedication of our 2019 - 20 cohort comes to fruition.
This time last year they were anticipating and planning for the course to come, but now, a year later they are already on their way to becoming the outstanding teachers their mentors and colleagues believed they are capable of becoming. Despite a very difficult and strange year interrupted by the unforeseen circumstances of the Lockdown, our trainees were able to continue their learning online and successfully complete their course. Sadly, they were also unable to take part in any farewell or graduation ceremonies, but thanks to the innovation of our Primary Lead, Bekki Barton they have left the moving farewell video (use link below to access).
And so, as they leave the School Direct course to take up their new roles and responsibilities, we wish them all the very best of luck. We will miss them as trainees but look forward very much to working alongside them over the years to come.
Our very best wishes to all!