Thornton Professional Development Guarantee

Thornton Primary School recognises the school is a 'learning community' where everyone is involved in a process of continuous improvement and enrichment.  The school is committed to fostering a positive climate for learning and development, ensuring that all feel valued and have a clear career path in teaching.
As a result, a comprehensive professional development structure is in place for all teachers to participate in.
  • Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) are assigned a dedicated mentor, who is an experienced teacher, to fully support them during their first year.  They receive weekly non-contact time, a tailored training programme run in-house by Senior Leaders and gain accreditation from Services for Education for completing the statutory induction process.

  • Recently Qualified Teachers (RQTs) are also assigned a dedicated mentor who is there to support them during the second year of teaching and provide professional guidance.
  • Following their RQT year, teachers are encouraged to take responsibility for an area or subject to lead across the school.  Training to support this role is provided by SSAT's accredited 'Leaders for the future' course.
  • Teachers then have the opportunity to participate in the nationally recognised National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) and National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) courses which allow project focused work to support whole school improvement.  These courses are fully supported by the Senior Leadership Team who act as mentors.