Happy and successful teachers never stand still. It’s important to keep up with the latest developments in teaching, collaborate with your peers and get new perspectives on the important work you do.
Bedford Borough Council is committed to supporting teachers with their ongoing progress, and works with the training schools, college and other local organisations to run a regular programme of Continued Professional Development (CPD).
Sessions include professional study groups focusing on topics like ‘more able and talented students’ and ‘creative curriculum’. Courses also explore mental health and wellbeing in schools, talent spotting for future leaders, personal health and social education to name just a few.
The range of schools in Bedford can also provide new challenges for experienced teachers. There are vast differences between teaching in a high performing school in an affluent area, and a school where deprivation and language barriers are more commonplace. Yet both can be sources of great satisfaction and a sense of achievement for teachers and leaders.
That’s probably one of the main reasons why Bedford bucks the national trend for retaining its teachers. While nationwide, 65 per cent of NQTs stay in the location where they trained, in Bedford this rises to 85 per cent.