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Valuing and investing in staff is key to success of new MAT

Investing in growing staff

Adopting OLEVI’s coaching ethos and language of learning sees one newly formed MAT, Sharnbrook Academy Federation, develop a growth culture that values CPD for all – taking teaching and learning to new heights.

Why were you drawn to OLEVI?

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We were a new MAT of five schools in rural Bedfordshire – two secondary and three primary. It was a time of real transition – Bedfordshire schools have been converting from a 3-tier system to a 2-tier system (lower/middle/upper to primary/secondary). In addition, one of our primaries was a brand new free school.

Our priorities were to ensure that there was a consistent understanding of what fantastic teaching and learning looked like. It was important that this be embedded at all levels, from teaching assistants to senior leaders.

We chose OLEVI over other CPD providers as we were attracted by the cross-phase nature of the programmes, and by the fact that DR ICE provided a consistent language that all staff in our schools could use with one another.

We also liked the fact that OLEVI’s TLC syllabus of programmes provided professional development opportunities for staff at every stage of their career. We were particularly attracted by the idea of “role-modelling learning”. We wanted our MAT to have a strong culture of learning, not just for our pupils, but for our staff too.

How did you use the programmes to achieve your goals? 

 

 

“Research shows that if you want to drive up standards, empowering CPD is the thing that has the biggest impact, and OLEVI offers this in spades.”

 Sharnbrook Academy Federation

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