Continued Professional Development for Teachers
BVIS HCMC seeks to recruit and retain committed, dedicated professionals who will collaborate closely with their colleagues and reflect upon their roles in the classroom. It is therefore expected that teachers will continue to develop themselves as professionals whilst they are employed at the school. The school wishes to:
· Promote life-long learning;
· Further develop skills as effective teachers;
· Raise awareness towards a deeper understanding of teaching and learning;
· Keep abreast of educational developments and initiatives;
· Create a productive and positive school culture;
· Initiate and sustain school improvement;
· Encourage networking between colleagues in like-minded schools;
· Encourage a stable teaching staff and contract renewal.
The school has a significant budget to support the Continued Professional Development of teachers in the following ways:
In-house Continued Professional Development
New Staff induction – At the beginning of each academic year for new teachers
Teacher Days – The school is open for 8 teacher days without students each academic year. A variety of educational activities are organised during this time including department or whole school CPD. Some of these may involve the use of external CPD providers.
Lesson Observations – During the year, each teacher will be observed formally by a senior or middle manager. The purpose of these observations is to evaluate teachers’ performance and to offer, where necessary, suggestions for further skill development as well as to inform discussions about career development.
Weekly Professional Meetings – Throughout the year, specific areas may be identified for development and in-house expertise can be shared with colleagues. A time has been set aside each Tuesday after school during which workshops or information dissemination can take place.
Off-campus Continued Professional Development
The school often receives notification of formal CPD opportunities being offered in the region and will take advantage of them as appropriate, eg A Level/IGCSE/IPC regional courses.
There are also a vast number of opportunities through Nord Anglia University, the online resource bank run by NAE.
The school will support a limited number of teachers who wish to study towards advanced qualifications like an MA, MBA, NPQH. Applications should be made to the Principal.