Pool Hayes Academy is committed to providing high quality continuing professional development for all staff and this is reflected in the ethos and vision of the academy. Staff at Pool Hayes takes part in regular CPD sessions which reflect the changing and varied nature of modern teaching and that are tailored for the individual development needs of our teachers. This training is further supported by the ‘The Key’, our very own in house CPD newsletter.

As a base for training, Pool Hayes is committed to developing the talents of the teachers of the future and as such has made a large investment in supporting new entrants into the profession. An important part of the development of existing staff is working with and supporting our trainees, encouraging reflective practice and an open, professional dialogue about the dynamics of teaching and learning. Our pupils and students also benefit from the fresh ideas and energy that they bring.

University Based Initial Teacher Training

We have long held links with several local university providers of Initial Teacher Training with course participants choosing PGCE or School Direct training at:

  • The University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • Newman College
  • The University of Wolverhampton
  • The University of Warwick
  • The Open University
  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

School Centred Initial Teacher Training:

As well as the more traditional routes, Pool Hayes also offers a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) route to achieving Qualified Teacher Status. We currently work within the Sutton Park SCITT, a group of 8 academies committed to initial teaching training.

The goal of the SCITT is to make participants more reflective, sharper and more highly engaged as a trainee teacher than you would be on any other programme. Its unique approach to initial teacher training, focused on each individuals’ professional development needs, is the pattern for the future and involvement in it will gives an edge in a competitive environment.

Teach First:

We are a partner academy with Teach First, an organisation with whom we share similar aims – to raise aspirations of our youngsters and ensure they have equal opportunities in education and in life, no matter what their economic background. We are proud of the work we do to narrow the gaps in society and our Teach First trainees are a key part of this.

Support & Development:

A wide range of staff are involved in Initial Teacher Training at Pool Hayes. Departments have a subject mentor who has overall responsibility for trainees and in addition we encourage other subject teachers to become trained mentors. A wide range of staff are also involved in delivering training to trainees and all staff are encouraged to share expertise or ideas in areas of interest with them.

The academy will provide each trainee with:

  • A supportive environment which offers a fair, consistent approach to the professional support and assessment of all trainees.
  • Time management which takes account of individual training needs.
  • A wide range of experiences and developmental opportunities in the classroom and in the academy as a whole, appropriate to their programme.
  • A secure foundation for entry to the profession through facilitating the observation of a range of good practice and the opportunity to practice acquired skills themselves.
  • A graduated timetable, allowing increased teaching responsibility.
  • A programme of induction including access to key academy documentation, resources and personnel.

Dedicated mentor support which will include:

  • Regular meetings to set and review targets
  • Guidance for successfully meeting the standards for Qualified Teacher Status
  • Informal lesson observations and discussion about good practice
  • Formal lesson observations with written feedback and the opportunity for discussion and reflection and completion of any summative reports or references as required by the placement partnership.
  • Lesson observations with written feedback and the opportunity for discussion and reflection and completion of any summative reports or references as required by the placement partnership.

Benefits to the Trainee of choosing to train with us:

  • Begin to relate training received from their provider into an academy context.
  • Observe examples of good practice in all areas of the teaching process.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge required for effective teaching in a supportive environment.
  • Reflect on their own practice through discussion and target setting with subject mentors and the Vice Principal in charge of Teaching and Learning.
  • Opportunity to gain from the knowledge and experience of practising professionals.
  • Support from professionals who are familiar with the QTS standards and the expectations of their provider.

If you would like any further information about training at Pool Hayes, please contact us for more information via email: office@poolhayes.attrust.org.uk