Continuing Professional Development

The Professional Learning Network has developed a number of different programmes to support teachers and leaders from other schools. We coordinate the expertise within the Professional Learning Network to deliver training by experienced staff that is up to date and relevant to our schools.

Please do not hesitate to discuss with us how you would like to be involved. We welcome any ideas on how we can all work together to improve and enhance practice and welcome suggestions for your own professional learning.

For any enquiries or suggestions please contact:
Ann Wilks: Director Professional Learning Network
T: 07917 734531

Book continuing professional development programmes:

To book, please download and complete a booking form and return it to at least a week before the CPD.

Our Networks


Facilitated by Ruth Bari, Deputy Headteacher at Great Bradfords Junior School

Next meeting: Date to be confirmed


Facilitated by Mark Darling, SLE at Lyons Hall Primary School

Next meeting: Date to be confirmed


Facilitated by Judith Harvey

The SENCO network meets half termly and is very well supported by SENCOs from all phases. It also receives support from the Specialist Teacher Team and the Educational Psychology Team

Next meeting: Date to be confirmed


Facilitated by Sue Axon-Eaves, SLE, Bocking Church Street Primary

The EYFS practitioner network meets termly at twilight meeting and is very well supported. Members share good practice and resources.

Next meeting: Thursday 6th October – 4.00pm for a 4.15pm start at John Ray Infant School


We aim to respond to your needs. If colleagues would like us to arrange networks for other subjects then please contact Ann Wilks T: 07917734531 to discuss your requirements.

Research and Development

Achieving a good balance across the Big 6 activities for teaching schools will have a positive impact on the development of our alliance and evidence-based teaching. We integrate R&D activities into our Initial Teacher Training, Professional Learning and Leadership Development and School to School Support work.

Please do not hesitate to discuss with us how you would like to be involved. We welcome any ideas on how we can all work together to improve and enhance practice.

The Learner to Learner Project

Learners are taking part in a project involving local secondary and primary schools.

In the Learner to Learner project learners will be working together to conduct research in their own and other schools around the topic of ‘What makes learners happy and achieve in schools?’ Learners work within mixed groups of Year 8 and Year 5 learners from across the six schools taking part.

Please contact Ann Wilks – to register your interest in this project for next year

Supporting Schools to improve outcomes for Children in Care

We are working with partnership schools attended by Children in Care, to develop and provide a programme, to support lead practitioners in the specialist area of raising attainment of Children in Care.


Parental Engagement Research Project

A learning network case-study entitled ‘Engaging Parents of Disadvantaged pupils’ has been led by Jenni Saward, SLE at Notley Green Primary School.

This has been a worthwhile research project. It has enabled schools to link together and discuss the different strategies, ideas and systems that they have in place in order to support disadvantaged families. Before embarking on the case-study, Jenni conducted her own research of written studies in order to have a sound knowledge of strategies ‘studies’ claim to be effective and compare them to the strategies actually being used in schools. Following this, many schools were contacted to give specific details on what is working well for them. The information and data was then collated and findings were presented at a Pupil Premium Conference.

The case-study is available to all the learning network community here.

The presentation from the Pupil Premium Conference is available here.

Our services

For further information contact:
Ann Wilks Director
Telephone:  07917 734531