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:
Verity Boreham: Director Professional Learning Network

T: 07833472639


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 2019-2020


Facilitated by Liz Millane, Lyons Hall Primary School and Kirsty Drake, SLE at Great Bradfords Junior School

Meetings at Lyons Hall Primary School from 9.00am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 15th October 2019: Assessment (what people are using to assess maths e.g NFER and agreeing on what age expected looks like)

Tuesday 3rd December 2019: Book monitoring and reasoning skills

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Tuesday 10th March 2020

Tuesday 9th June 2020


Facilitated by Vanessa Farr, SLE at Great Bradfords Infant School and Beverley Simmons, SLE at Great Bradfords Junior School

Next meeting: Tuesday 24th September 2019 at Great Bradfords Junior school, 1-3pm.


Facilitated by Sue Edwards, SLE at Notley Green Primary School

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 meetings: TBC


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

14th November 2019 – Beckers Green (CM7 3PR)

5th March 2020 – John Ray Infants(CM7 1HL)

11th June 2020 – Kelvedon St Mary’s (CO5 9DS) – Pre-schools welcome


Facilitated by EAL Champions

Next meetings:

Thursday 26th September 2019 1.30pm to 3pm at Lyons Hall (venue TBC)Thursday 6th February 2020 1.30pm to 3pm at Beckers Green (venue TBC)

Thursday 30th April 2020 1.30pm to 3pm at Alec  Hunter Learning Village

Thursday 18th June 2020 1.15pm to 3.15pm at Lyons Hall (venue TBC)


Facilitated by Verity Boreham
Meetings 4pm – 5pm at Lyons Hall Primary School

Autumn Term: Thursday 28th November 2019

Spring Term: Thursday 27th February 2020

Summer Term: Thursday 4th June 2020


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: Thursday 10th October 2019

Spring Term: Thursday 6th February 2020

Summer Term: Thursday 4th June 2020

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 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

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 this 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