Continuous Professional Development


Our school vision is to Believe, Strive, Care, and Achieve.

This vision underpins all aspects of academy life. The aim of all of our work is to improve and ensure pupil progress through effective and impactful:

  • Leadership

  • Pastoral care

  • Curriculum intention and implementation through effective teaching, learning and assessment

External and Internal CPD:

All CPD for staff aims to improve the quality of our provision. This is for the benefit of our students, ensuring that we have a high quality, well trained staff delivering the highest quality curriculum in the best possible way to meet the needs of our students.

We aim to develop both the best teachers and the best leaders.


External CPD:

All staff are supported in accessing appropriate external CPD to this end.

Examples of CPD for:



-        Subject Knowledge Enhancement

-        NQT programmes

-        Exam board training and moderation

-        Bolton Learning Partnership  CPD

-        NPQH & NPQSL

-        Future Leaders

-        PIXL Leadership

-        Ambition Middle Leader Programme


Internal CPD:

At BSCA we are incredibly fortunate to have weekly, two hour sessions of school improvement time (SIT) on Wednesdays in addition to regular weekly meetings. SIT links all aspects of our development plan and is based around our assessment calendar and for collaborative improvement, not personal time to complete individual work. 

The purpose of Wednesday SIT is to ensure we develop in 5 main areas:

  • Assessment data & reporting

  • Departmental priorities such as curriculum development and implementation

  • Staff CPD priorities

  • Development of marking, feedback and improvement systems

  • Performance Management and Improvement


1. Assessment data & reporting:

The SIT schedule is based around the submission of accurate data, with a sound evidence base, to deadlines, and with planned actions and interventions to improve progress beyond data drops (track and plan). SIT prior to a data drops are allocated to departments. The use of this time is the responsibility of the curriculum leader and it is expected that class teachers prepare for track and plan conversations and that planning, books and assessments are available to justify data decisions. Data entries are followed up in the next appropriate SLT and line management meetings.


Data Cycle:

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 2. Departmental priorities such as curriculum development and implementation:

The aim is to ensure that department teams can work collaboratively in specialist teams to develop and share in-house expertise. Departments will use this time to work on department priorities based on the Academy and department development plan including curriculum and BSCA theories of learning. If individuals are involved in 1to1 track and plan conversations with Curriculum Leaders, then the team work on their priority, and must be ready to share progress and impact with the team. 


3. Staff training and CPD - including micro teaching:

We aim to ensure that all staff training and CPD meets the needs of staff and students and that the planned curriculum is effectively implemented using theories of learning to provide high quality curriculum for all learners.

BSCA Curriculum aims:

We want to create:

    • Successful learners who enjoy learning; are literate, make good progress & thrive in further education or the workplace.

    • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.

    • Responsible, moral and sociable citizens who can make a positive contribution to society in the eyes of God.

The overall purpose of staff training is to present pertinent, relevant, evidence-based professional training, to allow staff to implement this in class, and then to evaluate the impact on learning and progress and refine pedagogy. One of our aims is also to ensure that any whole Academy CPD is impactful, and visible in classrooms.


4. Development of marking, feedback and improvement systems:

The aim is to provide time to have appropriate, moderated, department led book reviews which lead to improvement in feedback, challenge and presentation, and therefore student progress.


5. Performance Improvement:

To ensure Performance Improvement targets are set and reviewed to lead to improvement in outcomes and staff expertise.