The Chartered College of Teaching and Education Development Trust are partnering up to deliver a new CPD programme for early career teachers – Accelerate. We chat to Matt Davis from Education Development Trust to find out what it’s all about.
What is Accelerate?
It’s a specially developed professional development programme, tailor-made for early career teachers – those in the first five years of teaching.
We have specifically designed the programme to support these teachers with the challenges they face early on in their career. We’ve looked to the research and spoken to lots of schools and teachers about what will make the most difference to these teachers. The result is a programme with a close focus on these key issues – managing workload, assessment and feedback, behaviour management, resources and planning, supporting students with SEND and helping teachers to understand what cognitive science has to say about how children learn.
The programme is funded by the Department for Education’s (DfE) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF), which supports high-quality professional development for teachers and school leaders in the areas and schools in England that need support the most. Thanks to this funding, Accelerate will be available free of charge to eligible schools – those that are Ofsted graded 3 or 4 or in a DfE identified ‘priority’ or ‘opportunity’ area. If you want to find out if your school qualifies, please get in touch.
What will it entail?
We know how hard it is for schools to have teachers away from the classroom, so it’s been designed with the demands of a teaching timetable and the needs of the school in mind.
We’ve thought carefully about how to strike the balance between getting a level of support which will make a difference against the demands of being a newly qualified or less experienced teacher. It’s a really flexible blended learning programme which combines online learning, as well as specialist instructional coaching and the development of local communities of practice, so teachers can meet with peers who are working in the same phase or subject as them.
How will it make a difference?
We know that high-quality teaching is the biggest in-school factor in raising the attainment of children, and teachers’ learning curves are at their steepest in the early years of their careers. We also know that there is a worrying trend for teachers to leave the profession when they’re in these initial stages of their career. We have developed this programme to give intensive, personalised support with the hope that as they become more competent quicker, this develops their confidence and in turn they are more likely to stick with teaching.
The research also shows that high-quality teaching makes the greatest difference to disadvantaged pupils’ attainment. Many schools, and particularly those in challenging circumstances, may have limited capacity to provide this type of sustained, specialist support, so teachers in these schools may not fulfil their potential. This is where Accelerate can help.
Of course, I would say this, but we think this is an exceptional opportunity for participants and their schools to benefit from world-class training at no cost to them.
How do I get involved?
You can find out more about the programme and register on the Accelerate website. As spaces on the programme are limited, I would recommend registering as soon as you can to secure a place.