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: 01376 552393

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.

Early Career Framework Programme – Cohort 2 from September 2023

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 contact Lelia Berkeley 

National Professional Qualifications – Next cohort starting October 2023

To apply

Please drop Amanda Card an email to express your interest and she will send you an application form.

Amanda Card


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 2023-2024

Please click course name for further details:

DfE funded Early Career Teacher Programme (ECT) in partnership with Ambition Institute

DfE funded National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) in partnership with Teach First

Primary – Developing Teacher Programme (DTP)

Primary – Developing Leadership – Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP)

Developing Reading Comprehension Programme

Developing Spelling Programme

Our Networks


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

Autumn Term: Tuesday 8th November 2022

Spring Term:    Tuesday 7th March 2023

Summer Term: Tuesday 6th June 2023



Facilitated by Beverley Simmons, SLE at Great Bradfords Junior School

Autumn Term: Monday 9th October 2023, 1.30-3.00pm at Lyons Hall Primary School

Spring Term: TBC

Summer Term: TBC



Facilitated by 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

Meetings held at Lyons Hall Primary School 9.30am-12pm

Autumn Term:

3rd October 2023

24th November 2023

Spring Term:

31st January 2024

5th March 2024

Summer Term:

21st May 2024

2nd July 2024



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 at Lyons Hall Primary School, 4.00pm for a 4.15pm start – 5.30pm

Autumn Term: Thursday 17th November 2023

Spring Term: Thursday 9th March 2023

Summer Term: Thursday 15th June 2023



Facilitated by EAL Champions

Next meetings:


Facilitated by Verity Boreham
Meetings 4pm – 5pm
Next meetings:


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

Next meetings:



Facilitated by Sarah Gardner and Kirsty Evans

4.15 – 5.15pm St  Peters C of E Primary School, Coggeshall (currently via Zoom)

Autumn Term: Thursday 1st December 2023

Spring Term:

We aim to respond to your needs. If colleagues would like us to arrange networks for other
subjects then please contact Verity Boreham:  T: 07833472639 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 take part in a project involving local secondary and primary schools. (Not running in 20/21 due to COVID-19)

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 Verity Boreham: to register your interest in this project.

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:
Verity Boreham – Director
Telephone: 07833472639