Professional Development

As an education establishment we value career and professional development.

Newly Qualified Teachers

Talented NQTs who chose to begin their career with Sir John Deane’s are actively supported and nurtured to become outstanding teachers and valued colleagues. The College is dedicated to NQTs having a great first year and laying great foundations to build upon throughout their successful career.

The College has an established and highly effective specialist NQT programme to support NQTs in their induction year run by our talented Deputy Principal for Curriculum. NQTs will have the opportunity to shadow experienced teachers, and work closely with their departments.  NQTs will have a reduced timetable, to enable them time to attend training and development sessions. Towards the end of the year, NQTs will be offered a placement at a local high school.


Recently Qualified Teachers

We understand that the first years of a teacher’s career are the most crucial. As an RQT you will have regular meetings and will be offered a range of training and development opportunities to help support and develop your teaching practice and further build your career.


Experienced Teachers

If you want to fulfil your ambitions at the highest level, we welcome experienced teachers with a proven track record in achieving good results.  As a specialist A level College at the cutting edge of teaching and learning approaches our teachers are able to focus their attention solely on Years 12 and 13 to allow them to become specialists of their subject, curriculum and exams.

Our experienced teachers often progress into leadership roles and funding and support for NPQML/NPQSL may be available.


Business Support Professionals

The College is supported by specialist non-teaching professionals who support teachers with ensuring that our students obtain the best possible outcomes. We recognise the important role business support professionals undertake and support their progression and development within each specialist area, including: finance, personnel, marketing, estates, IT systems, MIS and student services.


Professional Development

Dedicated professional development events take place across the academic year. Whilst the content and format of such events varies the College always encourages colleagues to get together to share and develop ideas.

The College is committed to enhancing and supporting all colleagues’ professional development and is supportive of requests for development including training events and good practice visits.


All new starters

An induction programme will be provided for all new starters tailored to the role they will undertake.  New starters are supported throughout their first year and beyond with regular meetings, lesson observations, support and development sessions.

We are happy to host any new starters in advance for visits to the department by arrangement.

Teaching somewhere like Sir John Deane’s brings something new and exciting every day. It is a privilege to work in an environment where the energy and drive from both students and colleagues is second to none.There is a great sense of belonging at the College and working here has helped me develop and improve my professional practice enormously. Our students are all hardworking, aspirational and motivated and the satisfaction gained by teachers from helping students grow and achieve their full potential is incredible.

Laurence Potts
Head of Chemistry & Computer Science

As an former student I was aware of the outstanding reputation of the College before I came to work here. Both students and colleagues at Sir John Deane's feel a sense of belonging. The best thing about working here is being part of a team who get to know the students on an individual level. Knowing our team makes a difference to each student, no matter how small, is particularly rewarding for me. Sir John Deane’s is an outstanding place to work, every day is different and you have such a sense of pride working here.

Amy Scott
Progress Mentor Manager

I knew the College would be a place where I could learn to teach among experienced Chemistry specialists, in an environment that fostered academic success. Even from my interview I could tell the students were motivated and wanted to learn and that the atmosphere and expectations were set up for learning. Since I started I have been very well supported by the other members of the department. There is a genuinely positive atmosphere in our staff room which makes it a really nice place to work.

Yusuf Berker
Teacher of Chemistry

I knew that I wanted to become part of a College that’s ethos and values matched that of mine, personally and professionally. My first term was a great experience. I felt supported by all colleagues, no matter their role. The warm nurturing environment has helped me to develop professionally and really find my feet as an Newly Qualified Teacher. If you want to become a specialist in your area and watch your students grow into inquisitive, self-motivated, outstanding young people then Sir John Deane’s is the place.

Sian Aryee
Teacher of Sociology
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