Professional Growth

Staff Development

Our commitment to high quality experiences for our community necessitates a fully connected approach to the development and professional growth of our staff team.

As part of our CPD commitment, as a member of the teaching and education support staff you will receive a minimum of 100 hours of development that is bespoke and tailor-made to you. We want you to be the best that you can be so that you can facilitate the highest quality education for our children, you are given time to reflect, refocus and refine your skills and equip you with the tools to enable that.

Not quite a tree. Simply, a metaphor for the principles behind it.

Our Professional Growth Package consists of:
  • 6 specialist and focused days on one of 9 academic study areas
  • Regular Trust-wide ‘Developing People CPD’ – staff choose from a menu to ensure timely and specific development for their individual journey
  • 2 days professional development dialogue based on personal reflection, feedback from colleague evaluation and student voice
  • Regular review of practice and ongoing professional development interchange
  • Recognition of improvements and lessons learned
  • City Learning Trust exclusive benefits package
  • Building Talent framework to support advancement dependent on personal performance.
The Trust doesn’t see the people as a finished product, it never wants us to be static, we are pushed to grow as an individual and in our profession and this enables us to serve our students in a way I have never been able to before in my long career of working at many different schools and Trusts.

Steven Longstaff
Assistant Principal - Haywood Academy
Working at the City Learning Trust gives me the opportunity to give children in this area the best opportunity to achieve their dreams, encourage social mobility, and take children on a journey through education. I am a teacher because of the teachers I had, a lot of who are with the Trust now, and working with them every day is a source of inspiration to learn, grow, and be the best I can be for the students.

Nathan Owen
Teacher - Mill Hill Academy
At the City Learning Trust I am more than a Maths teacher. I take on the role as a secondary parent to my students, being there for them to provide not only learning, but support and inspiration too. I want them to see what they can achieve by caring about their education and learning how to apply it practically in their lives. I am able to do this because of the constant guidance, support, and opportunity that I am given which encourages me to be passionate about the importance of my role in their lives and in this City.

Teacher - Trentham Academy
I truly enjoy being able to work alongside people whose leadership and guidance is both inspiring and selfless, with a vision providing world class education for children who so often in society haven’t been afforded the opportunities they deserve.

Erin Hill
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After completing a teaching placement within the CLT during my PGCE, I was delighted to be offered my first teaching post within the academy. The CLT place a great emphasis in investing in their staff to best benefit the young people of Stoke-on-Trent.

Nathan Owen
Teacher, Mill Hill Primary Academy
I joined City Learning Trust in September 2019 as a student teacher and throughout that year I worked across both of the primary academies within the trust. All members of the Trust were highly supportive, caring and invested in my development and help and advice was everywhere I looked and not just from my teacher mentors.

Nathan Parke
First Year Teacher, Smallthorne Primary Academy
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"It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the City Learning Trust. Since 2014, we have worked together as a partnership of academies, proud to serve our children and young people across the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

Nelson Mandela once commented that, ‘there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children’.

We hold to this statement with every decision that we make across the City Learning Trust. We are committed to giving everything, everyday so that our children can be the best that they can be."

Carl Ward
Chief Executive Officer