Best Practice: Research and Evidence-based CPD

BestpracticeResearch and evidence-based continuing professional development is crucial to ensuring best practice, ultimately offering the best education for our children. Aspire Teaching Trust offer a selection of professional development opportunities that are open to teaching and non-teaching staff from any school – not just those in Aspire Academy Trust. 

We ensure that the best teachers and leaders are delivering high-quality professional development; we can tailor courses to meet the needs of schools, also offering coaching and mentoring to ensure effective implementation. The impact of professional development is evaluated to ensure maximum value and effective implementation.

Leadership development and leaders at every level is something that we are extremely passionate about. Identifying strengths and qualities in individuals to help them to fulfil leadership roles in the future is a key part of this. We are committed to developing future leaders including helping more women and leaders from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to become senior leaders. As part of our wider Trust, we have built strategic governance and partnerships to ensure our leadership development is of the highest quality.

Just some of the development opportunities we are supporting this year include:

Developing Leadership In a MAT

An opportunity to build and develop skills to support leadership across more than one school. Cost to non-Aspire staff: £95 per day

Day 1  25th January 2019   9.30am—3.00pm
Day 2      3rd May 2019       9.30am—3.00pm

Incremental Coaching

This course aims to build participants’ understanding of how coaching can be used to transform practice and drive school improvement. Cost to non-Aspire staff: £95 per day. New dates to be confirmed. 

ICT & Digital CPD

A range of ICT CPD is available - please see our Digitial Learning Cornwall page for more details. 


To book a place on any of the above courses, please visit the Training page and book via the Eventbrite system. The cost of attendance will be managed by way of invoicing following the event. 


Collaborative CPD Available

We've teamed up with Teaching School Alliance partners in Cornwall and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), the Research Schools Network to offer a range of CPD.

Education endowment foundationResearch Network


Making the best use of Evidence (for Specialist Leaders of Education)

For colleagues who are designated as Specialist Leaders of Education, this is a free professional development workshop covering research, understanding evidence, successful implementation and discovering what works. There are two dates available, however places are strictly limited.

14th March 2019 Exeter Court Hotel, Exeter 9.30am - 3.30pm
4th April 2019 Truro College, Truro 9.30am - 3.30pm


Maximising the Impact of Pupil Premium

Three days of high-quality CPD for Heads of School and Pupil Premium Champions. Programme places: £295 per person or £395 for a team of two  

Day 1 (Cohort 1) 14th January 2019 Wadebridge
Day 1 (Cohort 2)  15th January 2019  Wadebridge
Day 2 (Cohort 1) 28th February 2019 Wadebridge
Day 2 (Cohort 2) 1st March 2019 Wadebridge
Day 3 (Cohort 1) 1st April 2019 Wadebridge
Day 3 (Cohort 2)  2nd April 2019 Wadebridge

Bookings for both of the above can be made by emailing