At Tring School we believe that teachers are all learners and with this in mind, we are very passionate about encouraging the development of our staff. Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme provides teachers the opportunity to identify specific areas for development.
We then tailor our CPD programme to meet specific teacher needs and the priorities in our school development plan. We also encourage our teachers to join a CPD working group. These working groups meet regularly and explore areas of Teaching and Learning in more depth. We currently have Growth Mindset, Coaching, Teaching and Learning Pilot and Google Champions working groups.
We know that CPD is only effective if what we learn is then taken into our lessons. We therefore have Teaching and Learning observation partners who coach and support us in practising those new strategies in our lessons.
We have programmes on offer for teachers looking to advance their careers. This year our teachers can join Middle Leader training, the Outstanding Teacher programme and a Leadership Exchange programme. These sessions are led by our own teachers as well as visiting experts.
We have a separate programme for our new teachers. The NQTs and our teachers can also attend the comprehensive training on offer from DTSA (Dacorum Teaching School Alliance).
We offer all support staff a comprehensive induction programme to help you into our community. As with teachers, we want you to identify areas and opportunities for development so that you can acquire and improve the skills necessary for you to excel at your job. If your aspiration is to become a teacher then we will do everything we can to help you on the journey. We also encourage staff to join an apprenticeship scheme and in recent times we have seen people gain qualifications in accounting, ICT, HR, customer services and leadership and management.
Training to Teach at Tring School
Tring School is the lead School for the University of Hertfordshire within the Dacorum Teaching School Alliance. We offer the opportunity to train to become a teacher through the School Direct and offer both the salaried and tuition fee routes across a range of subjects.
We are able to offer a fantastic training experience with supportive mentors and excellent departments that will happily share both their time and resources to ensure that trainees develop and become outstanding teachers. Our trainees will have access to a wide range of CPD opportunities and will have the unique opportunity to work within a progressive school that will provide an incredibly supportive training environment.
NQT training at Tring School
Tring School is a fantastic place to start your teaching career. The school’s “coaching culture” ensures that all newly qualified staff are supported by experienced mentors using the Herts NQT Induction Programme and are also always able to benefit from the support of colleagues both within their own department and the wider school environment.
An NQTs experience at Tring School begins with a 3 week induction programme in the last 3 weeks of the summer before they officially start in September. This enables new staff to familiarise themselves with the school and their new colleagues, observe some of the classes they will be teaching and ensure that they are able to confidently hit the ground running in September.
Tring School prides itself on the CPD available to all staff but we have a bespoke training programme for NQTs and new staff to the school. This programme is led by senior staff, who ensure that NQTs are fully informed about the procedures of the school and that good practice is embedded at an early stage. As a school within the Dacorum Teaching School Alliance, our NQTs also have access to the wider range of CPD opportunities that are available throughout the year. As well as six sessions specifically for NQTs, we provide the opportunity to observe lessons in other schools and network with colleagues from the other Alliance schools.