As Ofsted tell us, “Schools can only be as good as the people who work in them.”
The Vantage trust invests significantly in the learning and professional development of staff – from our trainee teachers and support staff through to our office staff and school leaders. We do this because well-trained, supported and empowered staff have a profoundly positive impact on children’s learning and development.
We are committed to recruiting and retaining the very best practitioners – be they teachers, business managers or support staff – ensuring that every member of staff is on a career development pathway and gaining appropriate professional development.
Our programmes include:
As part of a trust, our staff are able to gain opportunities to work across schools. Many of our staff belong to cross-trust professional networks through which they can access ongoing training and support. Many develop wider specialisms, and, in time, go on to deliver training for colleagues across the trust.
The trust is a strong professional community. As all our schools share the same curriculum at all key stages, improving and developing teaching and learning is an ongoing and collaborative process which teaching staff across Vantage play an active role in. By working together and sharing our best practice we can provide the very best learning for every child in our schools.
As staff, we’re now part of a wider professional community. We have a shared curriculum and timetable across the schools, and, as a result, teachers are now able to work together to learn and improve what we do. We can observe one another’s lessons, share our best resources and ideas, and moderate pupils’ progress in real time. Anything is possible because we have the support and trust to keep challenging ourselves and bring the best out of our children.
As someone who joined the trust following a career change, I’ve had the chance to lead on a number of projects – including using my experience in training & development to support the trust’s trainee teacher scheme. I’ve also benefited from a wide range of development opportunities and networks across our schools – including acting as a Special Educational Needs reviewer. I’m now using that experience to train to be an SEN inspector. The career development opportunities just seem to grow!