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Career Support and CPD

School Based Career Support Framework for Teaching Staff 

At Enlighten Learning Trust we are committed to supporting our colleagues throughout their career.  We want to encourage great teachers to stay in the classroom and value them for their skills and the difference they make to our community.   It is essential that our colleagues feel that they can continue to flourish in the classroom environment and feel valued every day that they come to school.  We want our outstanding teachers to support our Trust community by sharing great practice.  We need our classroom practitioners to be hungry to develop, to engage in current research and to contribute to the body of information that will help others to continue to discover, learn and improve.   

We develop our system leaders.  It is great people that enable us to secure the firm foundations and future of our Trust.  Our Trust leaders are vital in securing that unbreakable, supportive bond between schools.  Our Leaders live the vision of our Trust every day that they are in school.   

We value and celebrate our outstanding classroom leaders and our system leaders equally. Below we have attached a sample of the types of career support that we offer at ELT.  The list is not exhaustive, but it is illustrative of a commitment to developing our team.  We are always searching for new opportunities and widening our networks to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of education development and improvement.   

Talent Management 

We understand that a core element within our School Effectiveness Strategy is to ensure that we capture and share the expertise within our own Trust schools.  We have a belief in the talent within our own Trust, and we want to ensure that we maximise the impact of such talented individuals.  As such we have drawn up a programme of Continued Professional Development that not only encourages every individual to engage in ongoing learning, but that also directs colleagues to ways in which they can extend their reach and support others across and beyond the Trust.  This helps us to deliver on our commitment to the retention and development of great colleagues.   We have three roles within the Trust which are focussed on promoting wider school networking and sharing great practice: 

  • School Based Leaders 

These roles will be filled by colleagues who have illustrated a talent and impact and have shared a thirst for further knowledge development and creation.  Such SBL’s could specialise in curriculum areas or phases.  They may have a particular strand of pedagogy that they are interested in developing and sharing.  We are interested to explore how research can be used to further develop the quality of our classroom provision.   

  • Trust Consultants 

These roles will be filled by colleagues who have illustrated a track record of highly effective interventions in school in one or more areas of specialism.  Colleagues will be adept at carrying out research-based activities in school and working in a coaching style with other colleagues to share great ideas.  Associate Trust Consultants will have had experience of managing change.  They will be empathetic and have an approach which is supportive and collaborative.   Associate Trust Consultants will work very closely with the School Effectiveness Leader and Headteacher / Head of School to plan an organised approach to school improvement strategies. 

  • Associate Trust Consultants 

As above.  We have strong relationships with other Trusts and school effectiveness providers.  Where we find colleagues who demonstrate a natural connection with our own vision and values, we strive to build relationships with them that can bring expertise to our trust and capacity.  We recognise the need to have the capacity to respond rapidly to emerging difficulties in school, and we are experienced and being able to bring a team together to respond at speed.  Our Associate Consultants help to provide capacity to our Trust.  This work is co-ordinated by the School Effectiveness Leader.  Our relationships with our Associate Trust Consultants are crucial in keeping us as an outward looking organisation.  It also enables us to stay in touch with talent beyond the immediate ELT family of schools.