We know that effective professional development for staff should be collaborative and teacher-driven. Kyra seeks to maximise every opportunity, within and outside of our schools, for observation, joint practice development, networking, reflection and research as well as formal training courses and programmes. We believe that demand for professional learning should be driven by the aspiration teachers have for the children they teach and the passion they bring to their work. Therefore, our professional development offer has been, and will continue to be, a responsive offer – driven by our alliance and the teachers in it.
We offer a number of bespoke Kyra programmes and professional development sessions which have been developed in-house, harnessing the experience and expertise of our SLEs and other experts within the alliance. You can find professional development activities for all audiences including:
- Teaching & Learning
- Leadership & Governance
- School Improvement
“I find KYRA events motivating, transparent and challenging in a positive and professional way”
Kyra Learning Network and Member Forums
The Kyra Learning Network provides teaching and non-teaching staff within member schools the opportunity to share good practice through a number of professional forums. The idea behind this strand of work is to systematically give professionals opportunity to visit each other’s schools, learn from each other, and engage in professional dialogue around improving our practice.
The Kyra Heads’ Forum and Governors’ Forum were introduced in 2014, and have been very well received extending into an East Lindsey hub in 2016-17. These forums give heads and governors the opportunity to be involved in development of aspects of Kyra work, and to engage with the wider alliance. This model has now been adopted by Deputy Heads and School Business Managers as a way of working collaboratively towards shared goals.
“I have found the KYRA HT Forums to be very useful indeed in terms of moving my own thinking forwards. This has in turn impacted on T&L through our own SDP”.
Subject Leaders Forums
In 2017–18, the alliance introduced subject leaders forum, held on a termly basis, subject leaders can identify priorities and national changes in the teaching, learning and assessment of the key subject. Led by an SLE with knowledge of the assessment procedures and experience of improving outcomes in schools.
Moderation Network Meetings
Within the Kyra Learning Network a series of age related moderation network meeting are held. With facilitation, colleagues will benchmark against the judgements of others, and together will begin to formulate a series of exemplar materials for each stage of a child’s progress, against agreed age related expectations.
Within our Teaching School Alliance we have developed a group of SEN specialists who have worked together to develop support for schools and SENCOs. Kyra has three Specialist Leaders of Education who facilitate SENCO network meetings, open to members and non members, the agenda is driven by best practice and identifies needs of the group and provides support and networking opportunities.