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
  • 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.

The Teaching and Learning team is part of the CPD entitlement at Myton School. The Lead Practitioners share good practice and are experts in delivering professionalism in teaching and learning; making a difference where it really counts – in the classroom.

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

Dr Jenny Menezes

Deputy Head – in charge of Teaching and Learning

Each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow. As a senior leader and classroom teacher, I am committed to developing students through the comprehensive education system. It is the right of all students, regardless of background, to receive the best that education can offer. I believe that a rounded education is delivered through the principles of a growth mindset, resilience, and above all positive relationships which are key to engage them in this journey, to help students achieve their potential and to provide an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. The teacher nurtures natural curiosity to focus learning, and promotes respect for the school community against a back drop of high expectations and without limits on their potential. Positive relationships based on unconditional positive regard is the foundation on which to build aspirational expectations of our students with explicit teaching activities that stimulate their interest and engages them across the curriculum.

Jenny Cross

Teaching & Learning Lead – Teaching & Learning Leader / Professional Mentor (ITT, NQTs and RQTs) & PE teacher

I am in my 14th 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 a Teaching & Learning Leader and Professional Mentor for ITT, NQTs and RQTs.

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


John Larner

Teaching & Learning Lead (LT) – Assessment

I’m in my 10th year of teaching. I was previously the Head of Geography at Myton School for 4 years.

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
  • Metacognition


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