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Trust Professional Offer

The Education and Leadership Trust takes the professional development of all staff very seriously and is committed to providing top quality support, a personalised induction programme, high quality professional training and opportunities for professional development.

We encourage staff to be proactive in taking up opportunities to lead and contribute to events and programmes. We aim to be responsive to any emergent needs and welcome suggestions from staff about any aspects of training or professional advice, which would enhance our offer for groups and individuals. All staff have a common induction programme to cover Child Protection and Safeguarding, Data Protection, E-Safety, SIMS and School Policies.

Staff at our Manchester Collaborative TeachMeet at Levenshulme High School


  1. All staff respect and promote the Trust’s co-operative values
  2. All staff respect and promote British values
  3. All staff are committed to continually improving their teaching or professional skill set
  4. All staff engage positively in training and support programmes
  5. All staff read and follow the policies and procedures in the Staff Handbook
  6. All staff recognise we work together as a team to enrich students’ learning and improve outcomes

The Trust Offer


Support will include:

  1. A member of the Senior Leadership Team as an Induction Tutor who will be responsible for the supervision of the induction year in line with external guidelines
  2. A subject mentor and a House mentor to offer direct and practical support
  3. A programme of ongoing training and support throughout the year, becoming more personalised after Christmas, led by an experienced member of staff
  4. Opportunities for observing more experienced colleagues as well as peer observation
  5. A two day residential with other NQTs from within Manchester, paid for by school
  6. Access to the whole school training programme and learning opportunities


To reflect the range of skills and experience within any cohort, bespoke RQT training may include:

  1. A planned programme until Easter with regular meetings led by an experienced member of staff
  2. A Lesson Study project to enhance classroom skills and practice
  3. Opportunities for observing more experienced colleagues and peer observation
  4. A personalised plan linked to appraisal needs
  5. Access to the whole school training programme and learning opportunities

Whole trust INSET day at Old Trafford

All Teaching Staff

Support is available for all teaching staff across many facets, including:

  1. Good to Outstanding Course
    A six week course in how to move teaching and learning to consistently Outstanding
  2. A Personalised Plan
    Linked to appraisal needs which may include coaching on identified areas of practice
  3. Opportunities
    For observing others
  4. Job Shadowing
    To support career aspirations
  5. TeachMeets
    The opportunity to share and learn with colleagues from across the Trust
  6. Special Interest Working Groups
    The opportunity to share and develop practice in a particular strand
  7. Voluntary CPD Sessions
    Which occur throughout the year
  8. Induction to New Roles
    A personalised induction and training plan when moving to a new role with support from a more experienced colleague
  9. Using Data
    This may be through faculty or team meetings as well as additional opportunities for drop-in training
  10. Using the VLE
    Each faculty has a VLE Champion, who can be approached for individual advice and support in addition to opportunities for drop-in training
  11. External Courses
    Appropriate staff will be considered for external courses such as those offered by the exam boards, PIXL, the Manchester Schools Alliance or the collegiate. It will depend on their role, the school need and staffing needs

Good to Outstanding

For all staff who consistently teach Good or Outstanding lessons there are a range of leadership and management courses, both in-house and external. These may be run in one school or run with a combined group of staff from across the Trust. These currently include:

  1. Aspiring to a TLR Course
    Covering two terms with a focused project and a report back presentation to Heads of Faculty and SLT
  2. New to TLR Course
    Covering two terms with a focused project and a report back presentation to Heads of Faculty and SLT
  3. Aspiring to the Senior Team
    How to prepare for Senior Leadership, expectations, developing competencies, opportunities to shadow colleagues
  4. Teaching Leaders
    This is a selective programme for staff in certain TLR posts who the school wishes to nominate. Access is not guaranteed

Staff at our whole Trust INSET day at the Etihad Stadium in 2018

Support Staff

There is a wide range of support staff roles in all of our schools. We offer separate and joint programmes for particular groups of people, such as teaching assistants. It is important that line managers identify the training needs for their teams and deliver timely and appropriate training as it is needed. This may be in individual schools but can also be across the Trust.

An annual appraisal programme will contribute to determining needs.

Quality Marks, Awards & Affiliations

Cyber Essentials Certificate logo Real World Learning Awards Winner 2021 logo Confederation of School Trusts logo The East Manchester Academy logo Levenshulme High School logo Whalley Range 11-18 High School logo Whalley Range Sixth Form College logo