Children’s Workforce Development

comment Our service at a glance

Untitled-5The Children’s Workforce Development team provide a comprehensive range of training at competitive rate, consultancy, networking and development opportunities for maintained schools, independent schools, academies and other educational establishments.

The extensive range of high quality continuous professional development, open programme training courses, online learning, qualifications and bespoke provision, are delivered by professionally qualified and highly experienced staff on a various payment options so you can select and purchase the support relevant to your needs.

Our training offer also includes opportunities to access workshops from across Children’s Services including safeguarding, e-learning modules etc.

On behalf of Walsall Council, we act as an appropriate body (AB) for the newly qualified teachers (NQTs). School who appoint an NQT(s) have a statutory duty to register them with an appropriate body for their induction year. We offer a range of continuing professional development courses to support NQT Induction Tutors and NQTs during their induction, developing their professional and personal conduct through their transition from trainee to leader of learning.


Why choose us?

In Walsall we pride ourselves with the quality of leadership and aim to develop leaders for the future, encouraging schools to have a succession plan and develop quality leader. The team works in partnership with teaching schools, sector leaders, Regional Providers of Assessment (RPA) and specialist staff in the development, delivery of all aspects of learning and teaching, CPD, career progression, management and leadership for teaching and non-teaching staff.

Our NQT Induction programme has an excellent track record of completion that is supported by the School Improvement team. Robust Quality Assurance Systems are in place to ensure both schools and NQT have a successful, supported induction year that exceeds recommended standards.


Don’t take our word for it

“It was a fantastic, eye opening course!” – Self Assessment – Self Development

“Excellent course – very useful” – Practical Strategies for Assessment for Learning in the Classroom for NQT

“I thought this was very helpful in highlighting and making me reflects on my planning, teaching and assessment strategies” – Practical Strategies for Assessment for Learning in the Classroom for NQT

“Useful strategies to use that also help all other children” – Supporting the Education of Looked After Children

“A clearer focus of our roles within school and a tool to identify the way forward” – Preparing to be a Deputy Head


Our Offer

We understand the importance of NQT induction; from 2016, we have included additional support as part of our Core Package.

Following the success of the collaboration with our Teaching Schools and school-to school support this will continue with a greater emphasis on sourcing specialist training, further supporting our schools to share specialism and best practice and brokering bespoke training already provided by Walsall schools.

We also offer a coordination support of the workforce development requirements at your establishment. Please get in touch with us if you would like to develop a course, run a session, host a Q&A session, offer coaching of mentoring or any other learning event and we’ll help you set up, organise, advise on charging, advertise, manage attendance, certificate and evaluate for a small commission.


Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

There are two induction packages to which schools can subscribe to when they appoint an NQT.

The core package is mandatory and covers:

  • Acting as the ‘appropriate body’ for the induction of NQTs in line with national statutory guidance
  • Receipt, processing, monitoring and quality assurance of assessment forms
  • Determine the length of the induction period
  • Provide guidance and resources to support NQTs including portfolio
  • Provide guidance and resources to support NQT Induction Tutors including handbook
  • Dedicated helpline, named contact and email contact for NQTs and induction tutors
  • Reporting and inclusion to the NCTL and/or DfE
  • Provide telephone and email support for schools when an NQT is experiencing difficulties or is at risk of failing to meet the Teachers’ Standards
  • Knowledgeable, experienced adviser who will support schools with the NQT induction process and give advice where NQTs are at risk of failure
  • Final decision on whether the NQT has made satisfactory progress against the Teachers’ Standards, based on the Headteacher’s/Principal’s recommendations
  • Notification of completion of NQT induction to the NCTL


Primary Schools Offer

The extended package for Primary and Special schools, Children’s Workforce Development are working in partnership with Elmwood, Lindens Teaching School, Rushall Primary, Ryders Hayes Teaching School and St. John’s Teaching School to provide an innovative programme of tailored events that will inspire NQTs throughout their induction year, with the focus primarily on developing the support and expertise within schools.

There are also events that will take place at different schools, giving NQTs the opportunity to experience a variety creative learning environments.



Secondary Schools Offer

The extended package for Secondary schools provides the following:

  • All relevant network meetings and training events
  • Personalised training, support and guidance for induction tutors


Support Staff specialist training

We offer a range of specialist training for TAs to increase their impact through advanced skills. These include:

  • HLTA Preparation for Assessment (2 days)
  • Assessment
  • Level 4 Leadership Qualification


School Business Management

The Diploma in School Business Management (formerly CSBM) is an internationally recognised programme for school business managers. It has been designed to develop professional knowledge, understanding and competencies so that those completing the qualification can contribute effectively to key areas of school business management.


Additional training events

A range of training events that cover various topics and/or level of development such as LAC, Middle Leaders development etc.

Safeguarding e-learning module.

Please check Children’s Workforce Development website regularly as further information will be added from time to time.


cost Costs

Please call for clarification


search Find out more

For further tailored support packages and cost, please contact Children’s Workforce Development team via:

Phone: 01922 650715