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Putting CPD at the centre of school improvement

A Nottinghamshire school put professional development at the centre of its efforts to come out of special measures. Principal Donna Trusler explains how.

Just over two years ago our school, The Manor Academy in Nottinghamshire, was in a very different place. We had been put in special measures by Ofsted in autumn 2011 and we knew we needed to change things radically and become an outstanding school. Our chief concern was to improve teaching and learning so that all pupils could achieve to the best of their abilities.

But to do this we needed to review everything that we were doing. Along with a brand new curriculum – we replaced faculties with four cross-subject learning strands – and a full staff restructure, we overhauled our CPD so that everyone could make a full contribution in our journey of improvement.

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