Training School

Stratton has been a Training School since September 2003. Our work focuses on excellence in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We access a number of networks and local opportunities, working closely with local Teaching Schools and training providers. We have contributed locally and nationally to initiatives including National College Leadership programmes. We also encourage school and classroom based research.


Deputy Head – Professional Practice:
Lead Practitioner for Mathematics/ Professional Studies Tutor : Ms A Anderson
Lead Practitioner for English: Mrs J Luck
Training School Co-ordinator:
Administration Assistant: Mrs K Fearnley

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

We host trainees from various training providers including SCITT (The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership), University of Bedfordshire and Chiltern Training. We support in a number of ways e.g. advice, guidance and work experience to help with ITT applications. We offer training via School Direct – PGCE in a number of subjects in partnership with Redborne Upper School and UoB. The time a trainee spends at Stratton varies from one week to a whole academic year. During this trainees are involved in all aspects of school life and are supported by a full programme of Professional Studies sessions delivered by expert school-based practitioners. They observe and teach lessons, work with form groups and work with students. All trainees have individual trained mentors and feedback tells us that the induction they receive from staff at Stratton is warm, helpful and makes placements very effective.

Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT)

All NQTs work with trained Mentors and meet weekly, to discuss, track and support progress. They are allocated a 10% timetable reduction to support induction activities focusing on the Teachers’ Standards. In addition informal advice and support is offered by the Training School. We run a formal structured NQT Induction Programme once a week after school during the Autumn Term with sessions spread less frequently across the Spring and Summer Terms. The programme involves a Peer Coaching project, allowing collaborative work on various development themes. NQTs also focus on a “Students as Learning Partners” (SALP) project in their second and third terms to develop practice. The purpose of these initiatives is to enable NQTs to work on teaching and learning issues throughout the year to hone professional expertise and to gain hands on experience and confidence. We provide support for local NQTs via our Enrichment Programme and work with the local Teaching School to provide experts who deliver Core Training for Induction Tutors and NQTs – whilst also supporting the Central Bedfordshire NQT Conferences.

New Staff

All new staff have an induction programme that runs for the first few weeks of the academic year. This includes Safeguarding and Prevent Training. For staff who move into middle management positions there is an expectation that they will participate in our “Coaching for Middle Leaders” seminars held in the Autumn Term to develop skills and understanding to coach colleagues and to support and develop Teaching and Learning and student progress in their areas.


We organise and co-ordinate 4 INSED days a year in line with the School Improvement Plan. We disaggregate 1 INSED day per year, with the agreement of Unions, to support the CPD Programme. Staff are obliged, as part of directed time, to choose 5 CPD sessions from the CPD Programme on offer to support their Performance Management targets. The usual pattern of INSED days is:
Day 1/Day 2 – September – whole school issues
Day 3 – November OR January – personalised INSED/department issues and PM target setting
Day 4 – April – personalised INSED/department issues/BCUS Conference

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

We arrange a CPD Programme that allows staff to personalise professional development and support performance management, by giving choice.  This programme is based on twilight CPD seminars and learning lunches. The programme is aimed at all staff and complements INSED days and is published separately each year. We offer leadership development programmes and coaching experience via the NCSL’s First and Next Steps into Leadership schemes, where we work as part of a local delivery hub in collaboration with Central Bedfordshire Teaching School. Each year the school arranges a number of TeachMeet sessions and Teaching and Learning Briefings as part of our meetings structure where we share good practice. We also arrange Subject Leader Conferences for Middle Leaders to allow learning conversations, action research, review of school policy/procedure etc.

School Based Research

We work with Cambridge University and are part of the Super Schools Group – which focuses on classroom based research. We support staff through MA and PhD study with the University.

Stratton Learning Partnership (SLP)

This is a Partnership of 26 local schools from the East Beds area that formed to support CPD. This outreach activity is an important element of the Training School’s work. Helen Richards plans and co-ordinates the programmes based on needs audits. The outreach programme includes access to our twilight seminars and to the expertise of our Stratton Lead Practitioners and our Behaviour SLE. The Programme aims to meet the needs of our whole workforce and is also available to Stratton staff.

Biggleswade Community Union of Schools (BCUS)

We co-ordinate CPD provision for Biggleswade Community Union of Schools – a collaboration of 11 schools across the Stratton catchment and work to support our colleagues in Nursery School, Lower Schools, Middle Schools and Upper School settings. This work includes the delivery of a Teaching and Learning Conference on a biannual basis.

Useful Documents

Stratton Staff Development CPD Seminar Programme 2017/18
NQT Induction Seminar Programme 2017/18
Trainee Professional Studies Programme 2017/18

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