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At Westbourne we believe that our biggest resource is our staff and therefore see relevant professional development as a way of helping our Academy to be as effective as possible.  The Senior Staff believe that a key means of improving standards of teaching and learning is through developing the skills and knowledge of all our staff, helping to enable both them and their students to reach their full potential.  The following provides a brief summary of how we go about this: 

Initial Teacher Training
Newly Qualified Teachers
Weekly CPD Sessions
Observation and Feedback
External Training
Teaching & Learning Focus & In the Spotlight

Initial Teacher Training

School Direct & PGCE - click here for full details

The in school training programme is overseen by Richard Hawkes who also contributes to the Geography PGCE course at University of East Anglia.  Already this year we have welcomed trainees in Maths, PE, Geography, Science and Computing, but would be happy to accommodate other subjects where possible. Our commitment to ITT extends to prospective teachers from the local community, and some ex-pupils, who visit the school to complete a tailor made programme of observing lessons before undertaking their own courses. We offer this as part of the school experience programme.  We have a number of experienced and dedicated mentors who are willing and able to support trainees. As an Academy we feel that the experience of working with trainees helps our staff reflect and improve on their own practice in the classroom.

To find out what our 2013-14 trainees think about training at Westbourne, then please click here.

To find out about teaching options click here

Click on one of the links below for more information


Suffolk Norfolk Initial Teacher Training Apply at UCAS for Initial Teacher Training Anglia Ruskin University University of East Anglia DFE Teaching School Direct video Teach First


Newly Qualified Teachers

Westbourne Academy has a strong and well established programme for inducting NQTs. Wherever possible, we start the induction process early in July, and offer strong departmental support, regular meetings and training sessions, together with a full programme of observations and feedback.  We endeavour to ensure NQTs are employed by Westbourne from July, allowing NQTs 2-3 weeks induction in departments before each new academic year.  Richard Hawkes is currently the NQT Induction Tutor.  

To see what our NQT's say about the support they receive here, click here



Weekly CPD Programme

On Mondays we have weekly sessions for NQT’s and new staff which all staff are welcome to attend. We also run weekly PD sessions in subject teams, where our team leaders direct how the time is to be used. Tailor made sessions are also put on based on specific needs.



Observation and Feedback

At Westbourne we strongly believe that this is key area in enabling staff to improve on their own practice.  Observations take place in many different forms at Westbourne Academy: by Subject Leaders, NQT Mentors, Senior Leaders, peers, and external visitors to the Academy.  Joint observations take place to moderate our judgements, and we have also openly encouraged our governors to get involved in paired observations to give insight as to how we come to judgements. We also have a system of learning walks that provides us with an overview of learning and teaching practice in the school.  Peer observations are a part of the NQT induction programme and are encouraged throughout the year.




At Westbourne we have a full and varied programme of Inset days and evenings.  Recent Inset has focussed on such issues as features of outstanding lessons, behaviour systems, behaviour for learning, understanding our data and safeguarding practice.



External Training

The school has an outstanding record in encouraging and enabling staff to attend training outside of the Academy itself, believing that this helps us to constantly improve our own practice.  Within the limitations created by cover requirements and funding, the school believes that external courses and meetings help to continually bring in fresh ideas to the school. We are members of the PIXL schools network, but also use our Academy status to network with other ATT schools. Additionally, we encourage subject areas to attend local subject network meetings to develop good practice


Teaching and Learning Focus/In the Spotlight

On a weekly basis we issue all staff with our teaching newsletter. A variety of staff contribute to Teaching and Learning Focus with the intention of raising the profile of school wide initiatives. In the Spotlight is put together by subject teams with a view to highlighting the good work that goes on and sharing best practice across the school.

Example Teaching and Learning Focus

Example In the Spotlight