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:
Verity Boreham: Director Professional Learning Network
Book continuing professional development programmes:
Early Career Framework Programme – Cohort 2 from September 2022
Professional Learning Network is delighted to be working with Ambition Institute to deliver the DfE funded Full Induction Programme at no cost to your school. Our two-year programme will be delivered by a team of facilitators who are experienced practising teachers and can adapt the materials to respond to the context of our schools. For more information please click here
National Professional Qualifications – Next cohort starting October 2022
Please drop Kirsty Hamblion an email to express your interest and she will send you an application form.
Professional Learning Network will continue to deliver the whole suite of reformed Specialist and Leadership NPQs across all phases and settings. For more information click on the NPQs which are of interest Specialist, Leadership
Our Programmes 2021-2022
Please click course name for further details:
Our Networks 2020-2021
Facilitated by Kirsty Drake, SLE at Great Bradfords Junior School and Liz Millane, Lyons Hall Primary School
Meetings at Lyons Hall Primary School from 9.00am – 12.00pm – currently on Zoom
Autumn Term: Monday 9th November 2020
Spring Term: Monday 25th January 2021
Monday 8th March 2021
Summer Term: Monday 21st June 2021
Facilitated by Vanessa Farr, SLE at Great Bradfords Infant School and Beverley Simmons, SLE at Great Bradfords Junior School
Autumn Term: Monday 28th September 2020
Spring Term: Tuesday 12th January 2021
Summer Term: Wednesday 21st April 2021
Facilitated by Alex Darvill and Vicky Childs
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
Autumn Term: Monday 12th October 9.45 – 12.00
Thursday 19th November 1.30-3.30
Spring Term: Tuesday 2nd February 9.45 – 12.00
Summer Term: Friday 21st May 9.45 – 12.00
Monday 28th June 1.30-3.30
EYFS PRACTITIONER NETWORK
Facilitated by Jodi Denny, John Bunyan Primary and Nursery School
The EYFS practitioner network meets termly at a twilight meeting and is very well supported. Members share good practice and resources.
Meetings 4.00pm for a 4.15pm start – 5.30pm
Autumn Term: 12th November 2020 (Zoom)
Spring Term: 11th March 2021
Summer Term: 17th June 2021
Facilitated by EAL Champions
Spring Term: Thursday 25th February 2021
Summer Term: Thursday 27th May 2021
Sessions led by Jacky Wragg and suitable for all support staff working with children with SLCN needs (including those involved in MITA SLCN project and those who are Talkboost/ELKLAN trained).
The sessions will run from 1.15pm to 3.15pm at Lyons Hall Primary School
Autumn Term 26th November, 1:30pm @ Zoom
Spring Term 25th February, 1:30pm @ Lyons Hall tbc
Summer Term 10th June, 1:30pm @ Lyons Hall tbc
Facilitated by Sarah Gardner and Kirsty Evans
4.15 – 5.15pm St Peters C of E Primary School, Coggeshall (currently via Zoom)
Autumn Term: Tuesday 14th October
Spring Term: Tuesday 16th March
Research and Development
Achieving a good balance across the priorities 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
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.
Supporting Schools to improve outcomes for Children in Care
Parental Engagement Research Project
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.