We are committed to delivering an exceptional education and our teachers are themselves dedicated to continued growth and learning. To support them in maintaining the highest standards, we offer a world-leading professional development programme which continually shares innovation and international best practice. This investment enables every teacher to stay up-to-date with the latest educational thinking and techniques from around the globe, benefiting our students’ learning every day.
Mr Porter describes the approach: “Contrary to many schools, we don’t offer whole-school continuous professional development (CPD). Instead, we personalise each teacher’s training utilising a variety of sources. Nord Anglia University provides courses, forums, conferences and many other resources which enable teachers to develop their skills and share best practices. Our collaborations with The Juilliard School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology give teachers access to specialist subject specific opportunities and we encourage teachers to join Nord Anglia’s residential leadership courses. We also encourage our teachers to pursue further qualifications and currently have seven teachers who have gained or are studying for a master’s degree, sponsored by the school.”
Additionally, Nord Anglia’s Education Advisory Board, comprised of renowned educational experts, supports the evolution of teaching across our family of schools, and is an invaluable asset for our teachers.
Our teachers’ CPD has wider benefits for our students. “Certainly, students seeing teachers learning themselves, and our teachers are very open about their own learning and development, is a powerful incentive and example,” Mr Porter elaborates. “I think Jim Henson said ‘Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are’.”
This commitment to our teachers’ professional growth and career development also contributes to the long tenures of our teachers, many of whom go on to teach at other Nord Anglia schools worldwide. Compass in return benefits from other Nord Anglia teachers frequently choosing to join the school, bringing with them the same high standards of knowledge, skills, passion and dedication.