Continuing Professional Learning (CPL)

At The Bemrose School, staff development is a key priority to ensure that we are prepared and confident in providing the best possible educational experience for our students.  Continuing Professional Learning is encouraged and facilitated in a number of ways.

Teaching and Learning Communities (TLCs)

Every half term, teachers and teaching assistants across the primary and secondary phase meet to develop their subject expertise in a scheduled session called a Subject Symposium.  This time is for staff to develop their subject knowledge through research and subject specific training

The TLC groups are made up of subject area specialists who work together on developing their own knowledge of the curriculum, the core and the hinterland of the subject.


INSET Days at The Bemrose School are varied and focused on the school priorities.  Where possible, staff have a choice of training opportunities so that there is an element of self-direction in CPL.

Internal CPL programme

Our internal CPL programme is comprehensive and encompasses a range of disciplines.  Staff are able to choose a minimum of four sessions to attend over the course of the year, however, they are free to attend as many as they like.  These sessions are delivered by experienced practitioners.  By having a menu of CPL activities, staff are enabled to develop themselves in areas that interest them.

Please click here to view the available CPL Activities.

External Courses

As Derby is in an Opportunity Area, currently, National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are fully funded.  We consider all applications to embark on an NPQ.

Staff are able to request professional leave of absence to attend external CPD where it is relevant to their development targets.

In-house coaching

Our staff are able to request Instructional Coaching at any point of the year, and are able to be coaches for others.  This strategy is designed to ensure our staff are expert and reflective practitioners.