CPD Programme Pathways @Southport Learning Trust


Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.” Dylan Wiliam


Southport Learning Trust is committed to supporting the Professional Development of all teaching and support staff. Our aim is to develop within all of our schools, a collaborative environment which encourages innovation and promotes professional learning.

All staff in the Trust are involved in a range of professional development activities, supported by a blended learning approach consisting of face to face training and E-learning opportunities.   These activities include:

  • Enquiry based classroom research
  • Whole School Training Days
  • The Performance Management process
  • Self-directed learning through professional associations
  • For teaching staff, Peer Observation
  • National Professional Qualifications in Leadership
  • TA / Support staff development programmes

If improving the effectiveness of teaching opens the door to raising pupil achievement, CPD holds the promise of acting as a key. John Hattie’s influential research in “Visible Learning: A Synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to pupil achievement” reflects the importance of CPD, showing how it features in the top 20 of practices analysed, with a large effect size of 0.62 on pupil achievement.


CPD has the potential to raise the bar and close the gap in attainment for our disadvantaged students.


Through providing dynamic professional learning experiences for staff, Our CPD programme is planned to deepen and further the knowledge and expertise of staff at all stages of their careers. The DFE explains how:

“High-quality professional development requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other so that pupils benefit from the best possible teaching.”  

DFE: Standards for Teacher’s Professional Development 2016

For recently qualified staff, the aim is to get them working at a high level very quickly. For existing staff, we seek to provide opportunities to collaborate and share their expertise with others, both inside and outside of departments. We seek to provide support and challenge, and a commitment to professional learning, reflecting the key principles of our curriculum for pupils. In the same way, we continue to strive for personalisation through the CPD programmes we offer.


Please see the link below to access our CPD Programme Pathways booklet.