After purchasing our School Membership package, Wright Robinson College have been able to give their entire workforce access to expert-led video CPD.
The secondary school, which delivers education for 11-16-year-olds from its Gorton location, have felt real benefits as a result of acquiring comprehensive statutory training.
Jane Massey, who is head of RE, PSHE and Citizenship at Wright Robinson, spoke to us about her own experiences and how The National College has helped from both an individual and collective standpoint.
Could you tell me about the background of your school and your position within the school?
I’m head of RE, PSHE and Citizenship.
We’re a new academy who were previously a high school and we became an academy just prior to lockdown.
How beneficial has our 100% remote learning platform been during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Logging on and undertaking the CPD training has been a really beneficial use of my time throughout lockdown for sure.
How has The National College helped you develop your learning?
I’ve taken quite a lot from it, definitely.
The training on LGBTQ+ was really, really useful and it has helped enhance my knowledge greatly.
I will definitely be continuing to dip into the training and resources throughout the summer break and delving into the various topic areas.
We’ve partnered with industry and education experts to deliver our webinars – how important is it to you that the information you are getting is 100% accurate?
The webinar which I viewed on County Lines was really useful. It’s been a topic that I’ve previously been looking at and the content was very in-depth and very helpful.
The trainer (Rhiannon Sawyer) was really knowledgeable.
One of the webinars was in fact delivered by one of my old trainers, so that gave me some more relatability too!
If you could draw one positive from The National College’s resources, what would it be?
It is really nice to be able to do the training in the comfort of your own home as well and you’re much more likely to do it in your spare time and the holidays, compared to if I had to travel to a venue on a weekend or during the holiday season.
How much of a benefit has the ability to undertake courses and training on an online platform, in your own time been?
It’s very easy to use, and you can complete the training in your own time – which is what attracted me to it.
Compared to other CPD which we’ve been provided with, The National College was just a lot easier for me and there’s a lot more on the hub which is of interest to me. I’m going to look further at the training around Ofsted and PSHE.
Furthermore, how much of a benefit has it been to not have to arrange supply cover, which you would have had to in the event of a staff member(s) being away on a training course?
I was actually thinking about this and more of my time is taken up travelling to where these courses and forums are. What you tend to find is that the actual session is only about an hour long, but it’s an afternoon off school and cover has to be arranged.
Whereas with The National College, you can sit down and do it all online – which is great.
The training is also laid out in such a way which affords you the opportunity to interact and ask questions to the experts.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I just want to say thank you and that I’ve found the training great.
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