Comberton Village College was designated as one of the first teaching schools in the country. Our role as a teaching school provides a range of development opportunities for colleagues working within the Trust. As a school we have a long and successful history of providing training and support for the profession, from initial teacher education through to senior leadership. We are committed to the provision of high quality continuing professional development for teachers and offer a variety of training courses and support under the umbrella of the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network.
Our sustained and extensive involvement in Initial Teacher Education includes working with local HEI’s to provide Post Graduate Certificate of Education training through the Schools Direct programme. In addition, we operate a School Direct salaried and non-salaried route into the profession through our SCITT. We have a history of successfully delivering nationally recognised CPD programmes. Currently we offer National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership, as well as the Improving Teacher Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme which we have now run successfully for several years. We are also committed to developing our own in-house programmes and are a lead school in the CamSTAR research network. We have extensive experience in providing effective school to school support, across a range of contexts, using our ASTs and SLEs.
We are a founding member of the Cambridge Teaching Schools’ Network, a network of 3 Teaching School Alliances incorporating 5 National Support Schools. We work together, with all of our partners, in order to provide the capacity to deliver powerfully across the Teaching Schools’ agenda.
From the beginning of the Teaching Schools’ Programme, the 5 Lead Schools decided to work as a group together rather than as separate smaller groupings. Through this, we believe that we are far better placed to provide what the profession and the school system needs to develop and continue to develop. The network is based across a wide geographical area with Cambridge at its centre.
The 5 Lead Partners of CTSN are all National Support Schools:
- Comberton Village College
- Histon and Impington Junior School
- Parkside Federation
- Saffron Walden County High School
- Swavesey Village College
Two Teaching School Alliances (Cambridge Area Teaching Schools’ Alliance and Cambridge All-Through Teaching Schools’ Alliance) are led by these Lead Schools working with about 30 partner schools. Some of these are our sponsored Academies. Others work in powerful partnership with us in various significant ways in different areas of the Teaching Schools’ Programme.
We have further strategic partners with whom we work closely in order to deliver Initial Teacher Training, Professional Development, School-to-school Support and Teacher Research. Our major strategic partners include:
- The University of Cambridge
- Anglia Ruskin University
- The University of Bedford
- The Open University
- Cambridgeshire Local Authority
- Peterborough Local Authority
- Eastern Leadership Centre and Leadership East
Through these wide-ranging and powerful partnerships, we can work with educational professionals and schools in the following areas:
- Initial Teacher Training. Whatever route and style of training is wanted by any potential trainees, we can provide this, whether salaried or training.
- All types of professional development, whether short courses, longer courses, twilight opportunities or bespoke programmes.
- Support for schools tailored to the need of the individual school. This can include major support across all areas of achievement or smaller more specific areas of support. Our Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) are available for this as are other staff, both at senior level and also classroom practitioners (often Advanced Skills Teachers).
- Support for research work and projects, whether for individuals or schools.