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Partner School Programme

We are delighted to share our 2024-25 support and development CPD programme, including national online leader networks and CPD programmes in Art, Behaviour, Computing, Drama, DT, EAL, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, EYFS, Family engagement, Geography, Governance, History, Leadership, Mathematics, MFL, Nurture, Pastoral, PE, Playtimes, PSHE, Science, SEND and SEND & reading.

We will also be releasing a face to face programme of support, where Partner School can access support at a preferential rate. More to follow on this.

Find out more about our delivery partner team here:

Our programme of high impact professional development courses for schools via the Partner School programmes, is designed to offer a cost-effective CPD solution for schools, while offering a more hands-on and bespoke support to help your school develop its CPD strategy.

How much does it cost to be a Partner School?

What does it mean to be a Partner School?


TeacherTapp survey data shows 93 per cent of teachers believe CPD would make them better teachers.

Academic research reveals 35 hours of high-quality CPD a year is almost as impactful as placing a teacher with 10 years’ experience in front of students, according to the Education Policy Institute and Ambition Institute.

“As a school the Learning Partnership has been fabulous in supporting our subject leaders. I have valued the helpful and supportive forums for Head Teachers that run across the year.” Headteacher, Partner School 

“Joining the Learning Partnership has enabled our group of 27 schools to engage in high quality CPD led by excellent educational consultants. Although we only recently joined, our schools have already reported a positive impact on all areas of school improvement including curriculum design and leadership.” Headteacher, Partner MAT

“The courses are relevant, current, very well presented and are timed to minimise disruption to the school day.” Headteacher, Partner School 

“The huge variety of courses on offer means that there is something for all of our schools irrespective of school improvement focus.” Headteacher, Partner School 

“Geography has been excellent, it’s very much a 2-way process and we can contribute to the sessions.” Subject Leader, Partner School
“The courses are very efficient and resources are sent promptly. We’re able to ask the trainers what questions we would like to be answered at the start of sessions, so the trainers can try and answer these throughout.” Subject Leader, Partner School 
“The trainers are very well informed in their subject matter.” Subject Leader, Partner School 
“Clear and concise information. Each training focuses on a unit in History. Helps support my subject knowledge.” History Subject leader, Partner School

More About The Partner School Programme

Becoming a Partner School of the Learning Partnership not only gives schools free and unlimited access to our online CPD courses throughout the year, it also provides schools with more hands-on support and guidance from our consultants to help develop your CPD strategy.

The Learning Partnership will meet with your school on a termly basis to help guide and develop your CPD strategy, in line with your school development plan. It will also give you exclusive access to our school-to-school support network, and the opportunity to shape, present and attend our Partner School Webinar programme – aiming to facilitate meaningful collaboration and sharing of best practice among our member schools.

And, best of all, this will all come at a simple and easy to understand fixed annual cost.

Of course, schools and teachers will also be able to book onto individual courses as they have previously done so.


Individual teachers e.g. supply staff, can also join the Partner School CPD suite. This is charged from 1st September 2024 at £75+VAT per person

We can also offer individual teachers whose schools have chosen not to subscribe, but wish to engage themselves, access to the CPD programme within the Partner School offer from 1st September 2024 at £75+VAT per person


Five key components of any successful school CPD plan

“Effective teaching requires considerable knowledge and skill, which should be developed as teachers’ careers progress”.

And that’s not just coming from us! It is stated in the Department for Education’s Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development document published in 2016.

Quality Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teaching staff is widely recognised as playing a key role in school improvement. We have first-hand experience of seeing how our programme of high-quality and targeted CPD helps to develop schools by developing teachers.

Yet thousands of teachers are working in schools with zero or no budget for providing CPD, and 60% of teachers feel they don’t have enough time and space in their working week to access the CPD they need.

This research paints a negative picture for the future of CPD and its role in attracting and retaining the best teaching talent, as well as the potential impact on attainment and improvement levels for pupils.

So, how can schools and school leaders make sure CPD is effective, supports their school development plan, and delivers meaningful impact?

1 – Explore whether professional development is positioned as part of an on-going development cycle, or as a remedial intervention?

How do you ensure your CPD strategy enables alignment between staff development and the SDP?

2- Explore teachers’ current perceptions of how professional development quantity and quality are balanced

Surveying staff will give you a detailed and honest appraisal of the ‘mood’. Don’t just assume that staff are keen to engage in CPD because it’s good for the school.

3 – Reflect with leaders and teachers about the links between professional learning, pedagogy, pupil progress and their development as people

How would you manage this in your school? What process allows for this reflection to have genuine action and development?

4 – Explore how to make explicit links to the school development plan, plus the teachers’ own development plans

Do you allow time for staff to draft, edit and adapt their development plans whilst making explicit links to the SDP? How are staff encouraged to take ownership of their development plans?

5 – Ensure the professional development is, where possible, part of an ongoing process over time, and incremental.

How many times have we been sent on a standalone course that has no relevance to our personal development or that does not enable follow-on learning? Is there an ongoing strategy plan for each member of staff and their CPD which develops over time, growing and developing?

We are experienced in helping schools assess and develop their plans, and work in partnership with school leaders to identify the best quality and cost-effective CPD courses that delivers real school improvement.

You can explore our range or CPD courses for teachers, or you can contact Iain to arrange a discussion with your SLT to develop a programme of CPD that supports your school development plan.

Throughout December 2020 and January 2021 we are also offering free sessions to discuss your school’s or Trust’s CPD plan and how it supports your SDPs. Click here to arrange your school’s free consultation.