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Posted on: 28/06/2019

Running with Squirrels...Trust-wide CPD Days

From ‘Running with Squirrels’ to ‘Pose, pause, pounce and bounce’, and so much more!

On the 27th and 28th June, we held our first large-scale learning and development event for teachers across the Trust.  Almost all teachers have now received their first level of TEEP training (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme.  Four schools, Christ’s College, Waverley Abbey, The Weald and Farnborough Grange were ‘pathfinder’ schools and completed their training earlier in the year.

This week’s event saw teachers from 13 further schools receive days one and two of the programme.  Christ’s College did a wonderful job of hosting the event, and a very big thank you is extended to their staff for ensuring the logistics of allocating training rooms, sign in, IT support, and refreshments went ahead without a hitch. We know this was as a result of a great deal of time, planning ahead, and input before as well as during the two days.

The training was innovative, engaging, inspiring and energising.  Sprinkled liberally with creative, quirky and, at times, surprising resources, techniques and strategies, the presentations and activities took teachers to new comfort zones, and new partnerships that will continue long after the training, and to the benefit of our pupils.  Teachers told us how much they were learning from each other as well as from the trainers.  The buzz of enthusiasm as they all arrived on the morning of day two was testament to the value and impact of the training – it was great to see! 

October will see the follow-up day 3 of this initial training, and then the exciting next step of developing our own TEEP trainers will be under way.  In this way, we will be able to keep the strategies and innovation fresh for all schools, and train new staff as they join The Good Shepherd Trust.

Thank you too to trainers and participants for being so welcoming and to Kate Evans and Amanda Johnston, Directors of Education for The Good Shepherd Trust, as they popped in and out of the training rooms. This enabled us to join in and benefit from all elements of the training, whilst meeting all of our teachers, many for the first time - and of course to create a great photographic record of the event. It was also great to meet and talk with everyone, and we look forward to seeing you again when we're out and about in schools and seeing TEEP in practice - so many were saying "I wish it wasn't Friday! I want to try this tomorrow!" Please do come and say hello and let us know about the impact of the training if you see us in school.

Written by Kate Evans
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