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Pilot training session sees permanent and supply teachers learning together

The training sessions being organised over the coming terms offer supply teachers and permanent teachers the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments and thinking around managing behaviour in the classroom. Teachers attending the CPD sessions each bring very different experiences from the schools they have worked with and the CPD sessions allow the sharing of ideas and best practice in classroom skills.

In response to the Government's recent changes to teacher pay regulations, which replace time-based pay scales with performance-based pay and which take effect this September, Classpeople have proved pioneers throughout the South West region in arranging Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

Robert Dove, operations director at Classpeople, commented, "With the Government constantly looking to raise the bar in teaching standards, it is vital that supply teachers don't get left behind. This is why at Classpeople, we recognise the importance of giving our teachers access to relevant CPD training on a regular basis so that they can enjoy the same career opportunities and benefits as their full-time peers.

This is the first time that we have offered training that brings together supply and permanent teachers and we feel it will be more beneficial for our teachers as it gives them the chance to learn from those who are in permanent positions. As supply teachers have to be incredibly versatile and flexible by virtue of their mobility, permanent teachers can also learn from them."

Recruitment of the very best teachers is crucial to schools, and yet if supply teachers - who vitally cover for absence and sick leave for permanent staff - don't have access to the latest professional training and development, they risk slipping down the pay-scales or, worse still, losing out on work opportunities completely.

Miles Bowden, Cover and Senior Support Manager at Chosen Hill, added: "We work regularly with Classpeople, however this is the first time that we have run a CPD course together. The session went very well and we look forward to collaborating again to offer training to both our teachers and supply teachers across Gloucestershire."

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