Professional learning and development

Learning and development at every stage of your career

We are fortunate enough to work in an environment where learning is at the heart of everything we do. It is important for staff to feel empowered to seek learning out, ask for development opportunities and make them happen.

We deliver a range of training and professional qualifications for support staff across all of our Laurus Trust schools. Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, aspire to be a manager or complete a degree apprenticeship, there is something for everyone in support staff roles. We provide a range of in-house training courses and access to professionally accredited qualifications, to help staff improve their skills and knowledge across specialist areas.

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Masters & Doctorates 

The flagship programmes of the Laurus Institute continue to be the masters and doctorates in education. The aim of these programmes is to develop teacher’s research literacy with the aim of improving their classroom practice. They are entirely voluntary in nature and require a significant amount of work in additional to normal classroom practice. 

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Chartered Teacher Status


The Laurus Trust was one of the founding accredited learning partner for the Chartered Teacher Programme (CTeach). As a Trust, we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence across all aspects of school life. This is particularly true of our Professional Learning which we believe to be the bedrock of a successful school. Research based practice is not something we merely preach, but insist on as a way of ensuring positive professional development. We already lead on a number of external CPD courses and the Chartered Teacher Programme is now a very valued part of that CPD.

​​​​​​​Chartered Status is a professional standard that represents the highest standard of professional excellence. It recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers and school leaders and their commitment to evidence-informed practice and continuing professional development. The standard has been designed to be rigorous and yet equally accessible to individuals working in any phase, subject or school type. Chartered Teacher Status is a celebration of teacher and school leader expertise.

Action Research Communities

Action Research Communities (ARC) are groups of teachers coming together to develop their understanding and research a particular aspect of classroom practice. They conduct research as a team throughout an academic year.

The action research topics are linked with the school development plan but may also inform the following year’s priorities. There are a series of meetings during the year where the groups gather to review progress and formulate next steps. There are also be opportunities to feedback to other staff in school.

Further Professional Learning

​​​​​​​Further Professional Learning sessions take place at points throughout the academic year. The primary focus of these meetings is to enable interested staff to stay up to date and discuss current classroom practice. A few sessions will cover some of the wider work that takes place within school.

In many Laurus schools these sessions take place in the morning. They are an opportunity to discuss current best practice.  Each session can be seen as a ‘think pieces’ – an introduction to a particular area of work or strategy. Action Research Communities (ARC) and FPL provide the core of the Professional Learning offer. In addition, subject development takes place within each faculty through the departmental meeting structure. We also offer leadership development opportunities as well as additional voluntary Professional Development opportunities.​​​​​​​

Some of the training and courses we have available for all staff are listed below.


Development for all staff


The Apprenticeship Levy can be used to develop and upskill our employees within the Trust. Whether you are keen to complete a formal qualification in a particular area, something that will help you to advance in your current role or you are looking to progress into a different role within the Trust, funding can be made available through the Apprenticeship Levy.

Level 2 (GCSE) to Level 7 (Masters) are available in a wide range of subjects from Facilities Management to Professional Coaching. 

Presence in the workplace

The aim of Presence in the Workplace is to enable participants to develop the tools and techniques to communicate clearly and confidently with people at all levels and in all aspects of their role. Our voice is an essential tool to effective communication and yet we can often let nerves dominate our thoughts, our preparation and our delivery. A combination of wanting to perform at our best and a lack of technique and skills can often feel overwhelming. 

Mental health awareness

The aim of this session is to increase the awareness of employee emotional health and how to prevent stress in the workplace, as well as help colleagues to feel more confident about recognising the signs of poor emotional wellbeing in yourself and in others​​​​​​​.

First aid essentials

This high impact training session is aimed at all staff and can be used inside and outside of work. It provides information, support and practical guidance on what to do in the following situations: 

  • asthma attacks
  • anaphylaxis
  • bleeding
  • choking
  • CPR (including using a Defibrillator).
SEMH workshops

We are delighted to offer an opportunity to attend a series of workshops to develop staff’s knowledge and understanding of social, emotional and/or mental health (SEMH) needs. The workshops will be of particular interest to Learning Support Assistants looking to learn more about SEMH, how it relates to their current role and also enhance their professional learning in this area.

Communications and social media training

With the growing demands of social media, we provide staff with expert advice and support to manage social media accounts and communicate effectively with relevant stakeholders. 

Building resilience in the workplace

This session provides an introduction to effective communication skills, building resilience, developing personal effectiveness and motivation.

Workplace coaching

Across the Trust we have specialist coaches, who can work with you to establish your goals, help you to identify where you are now in relation to those goals and then find ways to take the appropriate action to progress towards and achieve them.

Online learning

Staff across the Laurus Trust have access to a wide-range of online learning platforms, enabling them to improve their skills and knowledge at a time convenient for them during the working day. 

ICT Skills

Employees can access IT skills training tailored to meet specific development needs covering anything from Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Teams or SharePoint to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere pro!

Further Professional Learning (FPL)

Further Professional Learning sessions are delivered weekly across all Laurus Trust schools, as bitesize sessions, usually lasting 20-30 minutes for both teaching and non-teaching staff. The sessions cover a range of topics, relevant to helping staff develop in their roles. 

Development for managers

Aspiring managers

Becoming a manager is often seen as the obvious career step, likely to result in a salary increase and more responsibility. However, it is important to think carefully before embarking on this path. Being technically good at a role does not automatically mean you we will be well suited to leading and managing people.

This CPD session will focus on what is required to step into line management, what makes a manager effective and provide practical guidance for anyone considering making the transition.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Finance and budgeting for managers

This CPD training session delivered by the Laurus Trust Finance Director, and is aimed at anyone who is responsible for managing a departmental budget.

Thie session covers cover:

  • how schools are funded
  • budget setting
  • finance controls and procedures
  • process overview
  • useful resources.
Presence in the workplace for managers

This course provides managers and aspiring managers with practical support to build their confidence to manage and lead teams. The course aims to provide participants with a range of tools and techniques to communicate clearly confidently with people at all levels. 

Management Development Programme (TRUST)

As a manager, we understand the challenges and pressures that come with undertaking an operational role and managing a team. We appreciate that there are many aspects associated with your role that you need to be familiar with and develop a good level of understanding. In recognition of this, we have a development programme for our managers called TRUST.

TRUST has been designed for our middle managers to help develop a clear understanding of what is expected of you in this role and to develop the skills needed to be an effective manager.

Recruitment essentials

Our recruitment essentials training provides managers with the knowledge on how to make safe and effective recruitment decisions.

Team essentials

A successful team is characterised by its ability to grow, as individuals and as a team in facing up to challenges, tackling problems, finding solutions and delivering results’.

The CPD session includes:

  • definition of a team

  • foundations of effective teamwork

  • characteristics of effective teams

  • 5 dysfunctions of a team

  • stages of team development

  • team roles using Belbin

  • the ideal team player.

Mental health awareness for managers

This session is designed to equip managers and aspiring managers with the skills and knowledge to increase their awareness of employee emotional health. The session provides participants with a range of tools and techniques to support colleagues with mental health and spot early signs of workplace stress.  

Manager's journey

The manager’s journey session is designed to help managers and aspiring manager to develop their understanding of the employee lifecycle, and what is required at each stage to support the teams you lead. 

Managing and embracing change

Change and uncertainty are very much a constant in our working lives and are often perceived as negative, but the opportunities can be far more beneficial than we might initially think. This CPD session will help you to understand why change is necessary and important, develop an understanding of the human impact of change (and how to prepare for it), understand how to successfully manage and implement change (in practice) and be clear on your role as a manager in change.

Employee benefits

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