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Career Development

Teacher Career Development


Alongside our students, our staff are our greatest asset. As such we are deeply committed to recruiting, developing, retaining and caring for our exceptionally talented and committed staff teams. This commitment is enshrined in the Mercia Pledge which is designed to ensure that our staff get the very best professional experience on offer anywhere. We are committed to deliberate CPD for teachers at all career stages.

The diagram below shows the key elements of our CPD offer

The table below shows some specific aspects of our CPD offer



Ready to train

School Experience Programme

School recruitment fairs

Train to teach


Providers: SHU, TUoS, The Sheffield SCITT, Teach First

School Direct

New teacher

NQT programme

NQT mentor - reduced timetable

Additional training through Mercia TSA

Developing teacher

RQT programme (to be developed further)

RQT mentor

Expert teacher

Subject networks and curriculum collaboration

Research groups

Evidence informed practice

Secondment/work shadowing across Trust

Teacher to leader

Pathway to Middle Leadership (an in-house programme for teachers in the first few years of their career)


Leader to senior leader

NPQSL (bursaries available)

Associate leadership programmes

Essentials for headship

NPQH (bursaries available)

HT led CPD

System leadership