We are committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding practitioners onto our teaching and our support teams to ensure that our students achieve their very best and are lead by happy, dedicated and highly skilled staff.
We are committed to ensuring ongoing training and personalised development for all staff. We have an exciting calendar of CPD training events; active and motivating sessions focused on Teaching and Learning, student attainment and staff well-being. We use the Annual Appraisal Cycle to ensure that all professional development is designed to meet the needs of our staff, whatever stage of their career they may be at and whether they are teaching or support staff.
For future opportunities to work at CHS please keep an eye on our Current Vacancies page which will be regularly updated with details of new vacancies.
Investors in People
The value that we place in our staff is reflected in the fact that we are extremely proud to hold the Investors In People Gold Award. We believe that this demonstrates our commitment to the development and success of our staff and a desire to continually improve and grow.
Here at Chorlton High School we recognise that ensuring success for students also means ensuring success for staff and we have worked very hard on our ‘Happiness’ agenda – delivering training for staff and students on ‘how to be happy and resilient’. There are a range of processes and procedures in place, designed to make life easier for our staff and we regularly report to Governors on ways in which staff would like their well-being to be improved. From tea and biscuits every day in the staff room, to aerobics classes, to Line Management meetings, we recognise that through working as a team and having open lines of communication we can all thrive.
We offer a wide range of benefits to staff including: excellent pension schemes (Teachers Pension for Teaching Staff and Greater Manchester Pension Fund for Support Staff), cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers. We also have a strong focus on staff wellbeing, providing support for healthcare costs plus access to counelling and 24 hour telephone heathcare advice through the BUPA Health Cash Plan.
Independent Learning Team (ILT)
There are innumerable opportunities for staff to develop their professional skills at Chorlton High School and teachers who regularly deliver lessons at an Outstanding and World Class level are invited to become part of various teams to share their good practice. One of those teams is our ILT: a group of staff who support Curriculum Areas in developing their planning, resources and teaching activities to enable students to become active, resilient and independent learners. This team has provided whole school training on Independent Learning, have worked alongside Curriculum Leaders to support curriculum development and are regularly observed by other staff in the classroom.
Professional Change Process
This is a bespoke coaching programme lead by our Professional Standards Leader and is designed to support teachers moving to ‘Good’. Teachers will be observed, participate in coaching and reflection activities, undertake Learning Walks across the school, observe colleagues, undertake specially designed CPD sessions to target their needs and get subject specific support from their Curriculum Area Mentor.
Every member of teaching staff is invited to CPD sessions which happen twice every half term. These 45 minute sessions are focused on developing skills in all aspects of teaching and learning and they provide practical strategies for staff to utilise in the classroom, as well as being a forum to work with colleagues from across the curriculum. CPD Monday content is informed by whole school initiatives, audits of professional development needs and the lesson observation cycle – therefore each session is carefully designed to meet staff need, and to be personalised for different cohorts of staff. These voluntary sessions are extremely well attended and positively evaluated by Chorlton High School staff.
Our Chorlton High School INSET days are renowned for their creative approach to developing Teaching and Learning. Recent inset includes CSI Chorlton: where staff forensically investigated student achievement and assessment and ‘Charlie & the Chocolate Factory’ Literacy workshops where staff explored reading and writing strategies via the medium of chocolate! We really do pride ourselves on exciting, dynamic inset which is relevant to our staff and students and genuinely impacts on improving everyday provision.
Feedback from our INSET days has included:
“Simply brilliant! Creative, personalised and extremely useful”.
“I love the fact I could choose what training sessions to attend – it gave me structured time and training to really improve my weaker areas.”
Please see our detailed Teaching Staff Training pages for more specific information on our internal training programmes for Teaching staff.