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Professional Development


We recognise that it is not just our children who must continuously engage in the learning process but ourselves as practitioners.  In light of this we ensure a healthy amount of the Annual School Budget is allocated to support our Professional Development programme in order for staff to remain current and competent in their knowledge, skills and expertise.


Internal Training

 Through use of our 5 INSET days, all staff are trained and updated in the following; 

Moving & Handling  Team Teach Signalong


Staff also have access to additional internal training opportunities delivered by both Wood Bank staff and multi-agency professionals on a range of topics including;

  • Whole School Improvement Priorities 
  • Curriculum, Teaching, Learning & Assessment 
  • Safeguarding
  • Health & Safety  
  • Autism
  • Total Communication
  • Sensory Integration
  • Physio & Occupational Therapy 
  • Visual & Hearing Impairment 
  • Medical Needs 


External Training 

In addition to the training offered onsite, some members of staff also attend professional development opportunities offered externally, examples of which include;

  • PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)
  • TEACCH (Treatment & Education of Autistic and related Communication Children)
  • Team - Teach Tutor Refresher 
  • Designated Safeguarding Person
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Fire Safety 
  • First Aid 

Following any training opportunities all staff are required to update their personal CPD plan to evaluate the impact, this is then reviewed with the member of staff at their Appraisal meeting.



A number of staff also attend regular network meetings with colleagues from within Calderdale as a means of sharing professional dialogue and good practice.  These networks include;

  • Calderdale Primary Headteachers Association
  • Upper Calder Valley Cluster 
  • SENCO Network
  • DSL Network
  • EYFS Moderation
  • SEN Moderation Panel