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

Next meetings:

Lyons Hall Primary School from 9.30am – 12.00pm

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Tuesday 18th June 2019


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

Next meeting: Tuesday 9th October, 1 – 3pm at Great Bradfords Junior School


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:

The sessions will run from 9.45am – 12.00 pm at Lyons Hall Primary School

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Thursday 6th December 2018

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Thursday 28th March 2019

Tuesday 14th May 2019 (TBC)

Wednesday 3rd July 2019


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.

Next meeting: Thursday 7th March – 4.00pm for a 4.15pm start at John Ray Infant School, CM7 1HL


Facilitated by EAL Champions

Next meetings:

Thursday 1st November 9.30am – 12.30pm at Alec Hunter Learning Village
Thursday 14th February, 9.30am –  11.30am at Great Bradfords Junior School
Thursday 25th April 1.15pm – 3.15pm At Alec Hunter Learning Village 


Facilitated by Verity Boreham
Thursday 27th September 4pm – 5pm at Lyons Hall
Thursday 22nd November 4pm – 5pm at Lyons Hall
Thursday 24th January 2019 4pm – 5pm at Lyons Hall
Thursday 28th March 2019 4pm – 5pm at Lyons Hall


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).

Next meetings:

The sessions will run from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Lyons Hall Primary School

Thursday 15th November 2018

Monday 25th February 2019

Thursday 20th June 2019

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