Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We offer a wide variety of professional development for teachers and support staff looking to improve their own classroom practice or to support the development of others.

National Professional Qualifications in Leadership

Beacon Academy Teaching School Alliance is delighted to be working with St Richard’s Catholic College/Rother Teaching School Alliance and Leadership CoLab at UCL Institute of Education to offer professional development opportunities for educational leaders.

Applications for two levels of National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) are now open:

  • National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership: NPQML – Leading a team
  • National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership: NPQSL – Leading across a school

NPQs will develop talented leaders from all backgrounds who can deliver educational excellence in a self-improving system and high-quality outcomes for students.

The programmes have been developed collaboratively between school leaders, UCL teaching staff and researchers and are built upon high-quality leadership practice, evidence and research. They offer a varied programme of study that enables participants to self-reflect and apply their learning in their own context.

Beacon Academy Teaching School Alliance and St Richard’s Catholic College/Rother Teaching School Alliance will run a joint cohort of Middle Leaders and Senior Leaders starting in November 2020.

For further information, please view the flyers via the links below:

NPQML (Autumn 2020) Beacon Academy

NPQSL (Autumn 2020) Beacon Academy

To apply, please visit The application deadline is 2nd October 2020.

Beacon Partnership CTeach Programme

Beacon Academy Teaching School is proud to be working within Beacon Partnership, alongside the Sussex Teaching School Alliances, St Mark’s Teaching School Alliance, Rother Teaching School Alliance, University of Sussex and East Sussex County Council.

Beacon Partnership has been selected by the Chartered College of Teaching, the professional body for teaching, to deliver the prestigious Chartered Teacher (CTeach) Programme in East and West Sussex, Kent and Brighton and Hove.

Based on similar programmes around the world, the CTeach Programme celebrates the excellent teaching and practice occurring in classrooms every single day and is designed to further the expertise of experienced practitioners.

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Apply now to join the next CTeach cohort with Beacon Partnership

We are not currently accepting new applications but if you have an enquiry about future programmes, please email

Find out more about Beacon Partnership CTeach Programme

Developing and Enhancing Professional Practice

Our CPD sessions are usually open to trainees, NQTs, recently qualified teachers and any colleagues who would like refresh or develop their practice. Once we are able to host these in school again, we will publish the full programme here.

Excellent Teaching Programme

The Excellent Teacher Programme (ETP) is a five week course that runs twice in every academic year at Beacon Academy. The programme brings together successful teachers who are keen to develop their practice further. Each session focuses on one or more of the Beacon Six Principles of Learning. Accessible, relevant and thought-provoking ideas from the best current educational writers and researchers are used as a springboard for planning exceptional teaching. Participants share and discuss their pedagogy in a supportive and highly motivational setting. Their feedback consistently reflects their enjoyment of the course and its positive impact on their planning, teaching and outcomes. If you are interested in participating please email

School Experience Programme

Please check back to find out the dates of our next School Experience Programme, or visit the Department for Education site, Getting into Teaching for more information.