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A programme of CPD for class teachers that empowers them to develop excellence within their own teaching practice and begin to support the practice of others.


  • Teachers will receive high-quality CPD that focuses on different aspects of teaching and learning.
  • There will be time provided to plan this into forthcoming lessons.
  • The opportunity to work closely alongside colleagues from other schools and visit other schools.
  • Teachers will successfully implement these aspects of high-quality teaching and learning into their own practice and have the confidence to support the development of excellent teaching and learning within their wider school setting.


Autumn 2

Programme Launch followed by an Introduction to peer-to-peer coaching

Wednesday 1st November 2023, 1:00 – 4:00, at Alpha Teaching School Hub (Colchester County High School for Girls)

Session will begin by launching the programme, outlining the intended aims and objectives; attending teachers will have the opportunity to meet each other and form their learning pairs/triads.

Teachers will then be provided with an introduction to peer-to-peer coaching. This will provide an overview of the what peer-to-peer coaching is, how it works, the impact it has and the language associated with it.

Scaffolding across the phases

Wednesday 29th November 2023, 9:30am – 12:30pm, at Alpha Teaching School Hub (Colchester County High School for Girls)

This session will emphasise the importance of effective scaffolding and its impact on learners; by providing examples and outcomes of scaffolding in practice. Teachers will develop scaffolding strategy toolkits; feeling empowered and confident to use a range of scaffolding strategies.


Spring 1

Cooperative Learning

Tuesday 16th January, 9am - 3pm, Stanway Fiveways Primary

Teachers will explore the importance of cooperative learning and how it can be implemented in all lessons. They will receive practical examples of different cooperative teaching and learning strategies and the impact these have.

School visits session one

Thursday 8th February 2024, during the morning (9:00 am – 12:00pm approximately – however timings will vary depending on whether it is a learning pair or triad.)

Each learning pair/triad will spend the morning in one of the teacher’s school (may need to visit another school in the afternoon if in a triad), during the visit the ‘host’ teacher will teacher a lesson which is observed by the visiting teachers. This lesson will have a focus on something that has previously covered within the programme. Following the lesson, the visiting teachers will provide some feedback using what they learnt during the coaching session. Visiting teachers will also have the opportunity to have a tour of the school and possibly dip into other lessons (if the headteacher agrees to this).


Spring 2

Adaptive Teaching including stretch and challenge

Thursday 14th March 2024, 9:00am – 3:00pm, venue TBC

This session will focus on moving from differentiation to adaptive teaching, ensuring that all learners have the opportunity to experience success and meet the learning expectations. Time will be spent exploring how the effective use of formative assessment, questioning, scaffolding adaptations and additional adults are key in optimising pupil outcomes.


Summer 1

Inquiry Led Learning

Wednesday 8th May 2024, 9:30am – 12:30pm, at Alpha Teaching School Hub (Colchester County High School for Girls)

A focus on how to effectively utilise inquiry led learning to develop and enhance pupil’s learning opportunities, which also develops increased independence and ownership of learning whilst ensuring the intended learning outcomes are met. There will be a specific focus on how this can be used within topic based learning linked to History, Geography and Science.

School visits session two

Thursday 23rd May 2024, during the morning (9:00 am – 12:00pm approximately – however timings will vary depending on whether it is a learning pair or triad.)

This will follow the same structure as the first school’s visit session, but with each pair/triad visiting the school/s that were not visited during the first session.


Summer 2

Assessment & Feedback followed by reflection on the programme

Friday 14th June 2024, 9:00am – 3:00pm, venue TBC

This assessment and feedback focussed session will explore a range of effective strategies that provide the most impactful feedback to pupils; how instant feedback can be successfully implemented across a whole class; and how high-quality, impactful feedback can be achieved whilst also reducing workload.

This session will then conclude with time for the teachers to reflect upon the programme and the CPD they have received, the impact it has already had on their practice and what the next steps are for their practice.




The Alpha Teaching School Hub is the main training and development co-ordinator for schools across Tendring, Ipswich, Colchester and Babergh. It forms part of a new national network of 87 Teaching School Hubs: school-led centres of excellence   dedicated to supporting teachers throughout their teaching career.

Alpha Teaching School Hub is a collaborative network, working in partnership with schools, teacher training providers, local authorities, other Specialist hubs and Research Schools.  ATSH plays a significant role in the delivery of:

  • Initial Teacher Training (via CTTC)
  • The Early Career Framework (ECF)
  • Appropriate Body Commissioning
  • Developing Middle and Senior Leaders using National Professional Qualifications.
  • Wider Continued Professional Development

The programmes offered connect and support teachers and school leaders, signposting relevant links to our partner organisations and fostering a self-improving network based on evidence-based practice.  In addition to providing high quality professional development for staff across the schools, the Teaching School Hub aims to improve the recruitment and retention of teachers and ultimately to have a positive impact on the outcomes for all the students across our designated area and beyond.

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