Teacher Training

Every member of staff at Dormston School is encouraged to reflect upon his/her own practice, share ideas and improve teaching and learning by working as a professional learning community. 

We have established a number of programmes providing continuous professional development opportunities for staff at all levels, for example:

Dormston’s Annual Teaching and Learning Conference sees members of our school community joined by teachers from across the West Midlands and beyond.  2016’s keynote speaker was Chris Healy, former Headteacher of Balcarras School, Cheltenham. Under his leadership the school became one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country. In his speech, Chris shared the lessons of 25 years of experience as an outstanding leader and educator; exploring the principles which underpin progress and help to create a climate where every pupil can enjoy and achieve.  There were also 6 workshops to choose from focussing on a wide range of topics including literacy, homework, STEM, questioning and effective marking.  The feedback from delegates was extremely positive.

The theme of our 2017 conference is “Realising Potential”.  It will feature keynote speaker, James McNeillie, an Ofsted HM Senior Inspector whose speech will share what Ofsted want to see in an Outstanding school. 

Dormston New Staff Training Programme runs weekly providing whole school issues training for all staff new to Dormston.  It ensures consistency and best practice as well as providing staff with an opportunity to network with members of different departments.

Dormston Leadership and Management Programme picks out aspiring middle and senior leaders and gives them the skills needed to move forwards in their careers.

Dormston works with local universities and The Earls High School to provide Initial Teacher Training.  Trainee teachers and our newly qualified colleagues (NQTs) take part in our New Staff Training Programme as well as receiving extra training in behaviour management, professional conduct, report writing and the role of the form tutor.

In addition to these programmes, Dormston provides a comprehensive CPD programme for staff including annual Safeguarding training, Literacy and Numeracy training and subject specific network meetings, as well as funding individual external training courses and professional qualifications.

Key Staff

Natasha Gwinnett Assistant Head teacher
Fay Mescam NQT Mentor
Dave Lee ITT Co-ordinator