Support staff are a key foundation stone in most schools but the phrase covers a wide variety of roles – from one-to-one learning support for a child with special educational needs through to the administrative manager of the front-office team.
Windsor Academy Trust seeks to offer excellent development opportunities to all support staff across WAt and the local region, and has been identifying, facilitating and hosting innovative programmes for many years. The current range of programmes that we run for support staff can be seen in this flyer – CPD for Support staff.
We also work with a partner to offer a wide range of on-line training resources to staff, including much mandatory training. Important functional development opportunities can therefore be offered to keep staff operating with the most current knowledge and skills.
Since May 2017 all schools have been paying a proportion of their salary budget into the Government's Apprenticeship Levy Fund and at Windsor Academy Trust we see this as an excellent opportunity to develop new professional learning programmes particularly for support staff. Leadership and Management development, funded through the levy and accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, is one of the first programmes of its kind and supports the strategy across our family of schools, developing closer working practices and furthering career opportunities in the non-teaching professions.
Most schools have had their share of medical emergencies and a daily crop of minor ailments. It is therefore really important to have a good coverage of staff with First Aid expertise. We run accredited training including the one day Emergency First Aid and the longer First Aid at Work programmes, running these in a school environment and acknowledging the priorities of schools.
Changes to legislation regarding Paediatric First Aid mean that in Early Years settings there should be one person who has a current paediatric first aid qualification on the premises at all times when children are present, and must accompany children on outings. We have run this course as a blended learning programme where delegates undertake six hours of on-line learning and then attend a one day face to face session.