Each Trust school has its own Learning Hub which is facilitated by their Lead Associate team. The Lead Associate works with the school staff to design, deliver and facilitate the bespoke 'Continuing Self Professional Development' (CsPD) programme for every member of staff at that school.
Through their school’s Learning Hub, staff can access a differentiated programme of professional development tailored to the individual teaching and learning priorities of the school and every member of staff. The CSPD programme includes a range of tailored action research programmes, coaching opportunities and individualised 'On Demand' sessions all of which provide direct support for on-going school improvement.
The Learning Hubs operate in-line with the strategic aims of the CLT:
Benefit our pupils: We ensure that every professional development opportunity has a positive impact in the classroom.
Nurture within: We actively nurture innovation and experimentation through a shared action research process that develops the thinking and practice of every practitioner in every CLT school.
Engage beyond: We actively seek out and engage with research and practice beyond our immediate community to ensure that thinking and practice is habitually challenged and enhanced by wider research and informed by robust evidence.
Responsive to change: The Learning Hub model has built-in flexibility to allow staff to lead and access their own professional development opportunities as and when they need.
Every CLT school Learning Hub is facilitated by at least one, and often two, Lead Associates. This role provides teachers with the opportunity to shape and support the delivery of the school CsPD programme for every member of staff and to make links with the wider CLT Lead Associate team across the Trust family of schools.
Innovation Projects are a central element of every Trust school's CsPD programme.
Staff select a project that will best support their CSPD needs. The project is undertaken using an action research methodology, where staff identify a problem before developing and testing possible solutions.
Staff integrate their selected innovation project into their daily practice. During the project they will be involved in a range of collaborative activities that drive their project forward. These may include joint learning walks, coaching conversations, lesson observations, informal discussions and leading student focus groups. These take place in their own schools and subject or phase areas and can extend to include visits to other Trust schools.
The culmination of the Innovation Project work is shared across the school through the creation of academic posters. The posters are created to document and identify the impact of their action research during the year. The sharing of these posters as a whole staff prompt further discussions and future developments. Findings from Innovation projects are regularly integrated into whole-school approaches, so that all pupils and schools benefit from the on-going evidence-informed development.