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Clevedon Learning Trust

Clevedon Learning Trust

Continuous Self Professional Development

We are an organisation committed to providing excellent educational experiences to our children and to our staff.

Our professional development model embodies our values of Children, Choice and Collaboration.  Called Continuous Self Professional Development, or CsPD for short, it combines school-based provision with opportunities facilitated by the Central Team.


Networks bring together staff from our different schools so that they can learn from and with each other. Networks meet three times over the school year and are delivered by experienced facilitators.  Each network has its own distinct focus area that has been carefully chosen to support the strategic priorities of our schools and the Trust as a whole.

During meetings the approach is based on discussion and sharing.  Typically, members will collaborate by sharing best practice, discussing latest research and developing new approaches.  Outside of meetings, each network has its own Teams group, where members can continue to collaborate and share ideas.

Governor Training

We provide regular training sessions for all governors and directors so that they have the knowledge they need to provide support and challenge to our schools.  The sessions are delivered by experts on a variety of topics that cover key priorities for our schools.  Senior leaders also participate in the sessions.


Our Professional Learning Groups collaborate and support each other using their own Teams group.  Each PLG is a support group consisting of colleagues from across the Trust that are doing similar roles.  PLGs collaborate on a wide range of areas, including resources, teaching strategies, planning and assessment.  Unlike Networks, there are no timetabled meetings, but these are organised as and when needed. ​​​​​​​

Digital Learning

Digital literacy is a vital element of modern education. As a Trust we have a responsibility to equip young people and staff with the skills and confidence necessary to thrive in an increasingly digital society. Digital technology is a driver for great teaching and learning. We strive to maximise its potential to provide accessible, inclusive and inspirational learning opportunities.

Each school has a designated Digital Champion who can provide specialist digital support to colleagues.  Digital Champions have their own network for sharing ideas and best practice.  We have a digital training programme that equips staff with the latest skills.  All sessions are recorded and form an online resource that can be accessed anytime.

Leadership Development

Our ‘Leading Schools’ and ‘Applying for Leadership’ courses help us to deliver our ‘Nurture Within’ strategic objective. The courses are tailored to the cohort and are relevant to staff that want leadership through the teaching roles that are available, or to staff that want to  develop their career path as one of the support staff team. These steps of professional growth can also lead to career opportunities at a whole Trust level as part of the central team.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Our Head of Careers and Destinations supports colleagues from across the Trust to implement the ‘My Job Is…’ programme.  This inspires our pupils to raise their aspirations and ignite a passion for their future potential. It makes the link between today’s learning with tomorrow’s dreams, by making the connection and relevance of curriculum and subjects with potential career paths.  The programme involves a mixture of school based activities, workplace visits and guest speakers.

Reading Strategy Group

The Reading Strategy Group is a cross-phase Network that is helping to deliver our Trust-wide priority of improving reading outcomes for all of our children.  Members share best practice and have developed new Principles of Reading that are used by all schools.