Continuing professional development (CPD) at Myton

At Myton School we are highly committed to supporting the whole school workforce through a calendar of CPD that is personalised, relevant and contributes to teaching and learning. Funding is set aside to support staff training through identified subject-specific needs, personal professional development (via individual performance management) and through the wider school Training Programme.

The school supports CPD in a variety of forms, for example:

  • by funding attendance on external courses (recent courses have included ‘Challenging the most able high achievers in English’, ‘Successfully teaching the new GCSE specification History)
  • comprehensive internal training – see our Twilight Programme 2017-18
  • Lead Practitioners: demo lessons, coaching, mentoring and ‘tailored’ support and training
  • IRIS subscription
  • PiXL subscription
  • Leading Edge and SSAT work
  • Initial Teacher Training mentoring and buddies for new staff
  • opportunities to celebrate and share practice
  • leadership development
  • Action Research

We embrace up to date pedagogy and innovation, realising that in a rapidly changing environment such as education, staff have the opportunity to include masters and other action research into their working practice and thereby incorporate new knowledge in day-to-day activities.

We give frequent opportunities to individuals to review and identify their personal needs, with a large twilight programme and action packed INSET days being part of the package. We do try to cover every training and CPD requirement in-house but also arrange external training on request.

The Team

Helen Bridge

Teacher of English/ Media Studies and Deputy Head at Myton

I taught in North and East London before moving to Leamington. Positions held: Head of Media; Head of English in two schools; Head of Sixth Form; Assistant Head Teacher. I have been in the profession a while (!) and still love teaching. I’m happy to support and collaborate with colleagues informally on classroom or leadership queries.

Areas of expertise

  • Leadership
  • Working productively and effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders
  • Developing teams
  • Building positive relationships with students
  • Curriculum design
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Developing literacy in classroom


Tracey Heggs

Lead Practitioner – CPD & Action Research & English teacher

I have been teaching since 1996 in: EAL / French / English in a variety of schools in a variety of countries. Positions held: teacher / Head of House / KS3 co-ordinator / Literacy co-ordinator / KS4 co-ordinator / second in Department / dog owner, camper and full-time working mum.

Areas of expertise

  • Planning for the new GCSEs
  • Teaching high attainers
  • Literacy and communication
  • Nurturing confident, creative students
  • Time management


Julie Edwards

Lead Practitioner – New staff / NQTs/ITT & MFL teacher

I have been teaching MFL for over 30 years. I used to be Head of German, then Head of MFL before successfully completing the accreditation as an Advanced Skills Teacher. I was seconded to the University of Warwick for 5 years as a Professional Tutor in Initial Teacher Training and am now Lead Practitioner and Professional Mentor.

Areas of expertise

  • Establishing effective Assessment for Learning within the classroom
  • Promoting the importance of marking and feedback for planning and differentiation
  • Using DIRT (Directed/dedicated, Improvement/Independent, Reflection, Time) effectively – if it’s not perfect, it’s not finished
  • Effective routines in the classroom to promote Behaviour for Learning and independent learning
  • Professional Mentor for trainees
  • Staff listener


Lauren Blackburn

Lead Practitioner – Inclusion & Maths teacher

I am in my fifth year of teaching maths after graduating from Warwick University with a degree in Computer and Management Sciences. I was previously KS3 Coordinator for maths and now a Lead Practitioner as part of the Teaching & Learning team. I’ve also previously taught maths to 60+ students at a time (with no resources!) in Ghana and South Africa as part of the Warwick in Africa programme. In my free time I love baking cakes, macarons and restoring furniture ready for resale.

Areas of expertise

  • Efficient marking and feedback
  • Establishing positive relationships within the classroom
  • Promoting student resilience when solving problems
  • ‘Non-standard’ lessons (I have done maths baking lessons before!)
  • Stretching and challenging students
  • Using routine in the classroom to promote good Behaviour for Learning and learning
  • Using data effectively to affect student progress and sharing this with students
  • MINT class


John Larner

Teaching & Learning Lead – stretching all learners & Head of Geography

I’m in my 8th year of teaching. I have previously had roles promoting learning habits and facilitating an international link with a school in Mumbai, India.

Areas of expertise

  • Curriculum planning and creative lesson design
  • Establishing effective Behaviour for Learning within the classroom
  • Stretching and challenging students
  • Building positive relationships with students, whilst promoting unconditional positive regard
  • Taking learning outside of the classroom
  • Using data to inform practice
  • Supporting SEND needs within the classroom


Jenny Cross

Teaching & Learning Lead – Induction Tutor & PE teacher

I am in my 12th year of teaching, having qualified in 2006. I began my working career at Tudor Grange School, Solihull and have been at Myton since 2010. I have had roles such as second in department, NQT mentor, trainee mentor and have taught PE, Dance and Drama. I am now also a member of the Teaching & Learning team as induction tutor for the NQTs.

I am also a qualified netball coach, play netball for a local club, dog owner and mum to two young children.

Areas of expertise

  • Supporting and coaching newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers
  • Continuing high standards when it comes to behaviour and pupil expectations
  • Establishing alternative Attitude for Learning techniques and ideas
  • Stretching the more able
  • Peer coaching
  • Encouraging roles other than ‘performer’ within the lesson
  • The confidence continuum


Katie Collings

Teaching & Learning Lead – Middle Leadership Development & Head of Department REP

My aim is to help and support you to be the most effective middle leaders you can be, whether you are new to the role of have been doing it for a while. I am a resource that can be used however you may need, and as part of the Teaching & Learning team I can direct you to other colleagues who may be able to support in particular areas.

Areas of expertise

  • Leading a department team

Email: (currently on maternity leave)

Katie Irving

Staff Development Manager

I provide administrative support for the Teaching & Learning team and also for Continuing Professional Development and training in school. I have had a long tenure in this department and have therefore gained a lot information that I am happy to share. BlueSky (a software solution to performance management and Continuing Professional Development) has become a major part of my role. I will support you in finding out the best training and career development opportunities.

Before working in a school, I worked in buying for Tesco and as a department manager for John Lewis.


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