St Thomas More School, as part of the Bedford Catholic Schools (St Francis of Assisi Academies Trust) was designated as a Teaching School in 2011. Inspirit is committed to supporting teachers across Bedford Borough, the Diocese of Northampton and the wider Eastern Region.
At Inspirit, we offer a range of high quality CPD programmes and courses encompassing leadership, teaching and learning. We also provide bespoke school CPD packages. Our programmes support career development and progression for all who work in schools, as well as for Governors and External Agencies.
Some of these programmes offer National accreditation, such as the National Qualifications for Senior and Middle Leadership - NPQSL and NPQML. We work with The COLAB Leadership Centre, linked to the University of London, to deliver these programmes.
Our programmes are based on in-depth research and identified best practice. They are delivered by expert practitioners, who have a deep understanding of pedagogy.
School-to-school support ranges from supporting a single department to supporting the Senior Leadership in a school. We have Senior Leaders of Education (SLEs) across a wide range of subjects and our National Leader of Education (NLE) is available to conduct Pupil Premium Reviews. The Teaching School is also able to conduct Teaching School reviews.
Our School Direct programme, together with the Primary and Secondary SCITT, continue to recruit and show favourable early employment rates.
As an appropriate body, we register, supervise, and provide training, as well as quality assuring the assessments of NQTs throughout their first year. We offer full support and training to your school mentors.
To visit our Inspirit Teaching school website please click here