David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to give every child attending one of our schools a world-class education.



The aim of our CPD is that all staff, at all stages and levels, have access to a high quality programme of support and development that ensures they become the best teachers they can be.

This will result in a positive impact on learning and outcomes in all academies across the Trust.

Every academy has a teaching and learning coach who will work with individuals to rapidly improve their teaching. Coaches have an annual training session. Last year we were delighted to welcome the leading author Isabella Wallace who delivered a development day for our coaches.

We hope to further increase our cadre of coaches this year.

In each hub the ‘Challenge for Outstanding’ programmes are delivered so that teachers have the opportunity to observe high quality teaching in different academies and discuss pedagogy.

Within each hub, strong classroom practitioners are trained as facilitators, to deliver these programmes. The programmes are based in the Academies and delivered by the Academies. AILs work with Academy Principals to ensure that the most appropriate teachers engage with the programme so that improvements are focused where most needed.

Challenge for Outstanding Level 1

This course is aimed at teachers who would like their teaching to be consistently graded as ‘good’ over time.

It has been proven that 80% of teachers move securely into “good” upon completion of the course.

Core objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn the key concepts underpinning ‘good’ practice in the classroom
  • Understand the impact of these concepts on ‘good’ Teaching and Learning
  • Be able to deliver these concepts through consistent practice

Challenge for Outstanding Level 2

This course has been developed by the Trust and is aimed at teachers whose teaching is judged to be good and aspire to be consistently graded as ‘outstanding’ over time. It is also for teachers who have completed the Challenge for Good programme.

Core objectives

Participants will:

  • Look at the pedagogy that underpins outstanding learning
  • Look at classroom data and understand the impact for all students

Consider where this might lead – coaching, mentoring, facilitating?