Staff Development

Professional development at St Peter's 

St Peter’s has a rich, caring and long-established tradition of staff development.  Our staff have access to relevant and bespoke professional development programmes, all of which are part of a unified stage by stage training process.  If required, we have mechanisms which provide personal support for colleagues, which run parallel to career development initiatives. 

NQT programme

St Peter’s NQTs meet regularly as part of an extensive professional development cycle.  They have consistent meetings with a department mentor, as well as the induction tutor.  Training includes guidance on time management, assessment for learning, communication with parents, report writing, and school inspections; there is also time for discussion, feedback and individual support. All NQTs receive advice on career development and progression.

RQT programme

The programme for Recently Qualified Teachers provides input from senior staff to support professional development in the years after NQT induction.  Support includes the latest teaching and learning developments, behaviour management and achieving outstanding teaching.

MLDP programme

Colleagues aiming for middle leadership enjoy the benefits of a training programme which includes contributions from the commercial sector on team leadership, input on data for leadership and leadership and management for learning.

NPQSL opportunities

The school supports appropriate staff who are aiming for senior leadership positions to take the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders.

Professional support at St Peter's:

Review and target system

Heads of department and line managers conduct annual reviews of all staff to support professional development.  

Coaching team

A team of experienced staff is available to respond to personal requests for coaching, which is undertaken in a supportive, confidential manner.


Our chaplain and members of the senior team are available to discuss any issues with staff and to offer support in personal matters. 

Staff forums

Staff are invited to meet informally once a term to chat and discuss professional issues with each other.