We believe in delivering a personal and differentiated professional learning programme that motivates, challenges and develops all our staff further. We work hard to develop and maintain a culture that places teaching and learning at the core of our College and everything that we do. Heathfield is ‘a vibrant centre for learning, attracting and retaining the best staff based on career fulfilment, enjoyment and satisfaction’. We ensure that all staff, at whatever stage in their career, have a range of opportunities to continue their professional learning whilst here at the College.
In order to support our teaching staff in becoming leaders and experts in their specialist field we promote and lead a research informed approach to Professional Learning. All teaching staff participate in a Collaborative Learning Team where they have the time and opportunities to develop their subject knowledge and pedagogy.
In addition to this, annually staff are invited to accept wider professional development opportunities, which can range from joining a working party or innovation team to working alongside a senior member of staff in a whole college priority.
Furthermore, we offer a range of internal twilight workshops linked to the Apple Teacher Programme, in support of subject specific Digital Learning approaches in all subjects.
All the above Professional Development is open to all staff, across the year, along with off-site training related to more specific subject related courses.
Working collaboratively helps our staff keep up to date with developments in their subject areas and we are proud of our long-standing participation in the Wealden Partnership. This includes joint professional learning through leadership programmes and an annual joint INSET day which brings 4 local secondary schools together to strive for excellence through collaboration.
Within this partnership there is also the opportunity to train to teach with us, or as a more experienced teacher mentor a trainee, through the Schools Direct or SCITT Initial Teacher training programmes. Further details on these can be found here.