Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Our Commitment

The 3–18 Education Trust is committed to the development of all our staff.  Our aim is to promote a culture of continuous professional development by empowering our colleagues to learn, develop their own practice, innovate and share knowledge with colleagues within our schools and beyond.

Recruit - Develop - Retain


Our ambition is to be the employer of choice in our county.  We are passionate about recruiting and retaining high performing and committed staff who can deliver excellent outcomes for our pupils.  Our School Led Teacher Training programme (Salop Teaching Partnership) offers an exciting opportunity for aspiring teachers to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable skills, knowledge and professional attitudes.  Our teacher training programme has a strong record of recruiting, developing and retaining new teachers who strengthen our Trust year on year and our support staff career pathways empower our dedicated staff to thrive and grow within our Trust.


We are passionate about ensuring that all staff have the opportunity to develop and pursue their ambition to progress in their careers.  We place a huge emphasis on collaboration; by giving our teachers, support staff and leaders time to share best practice and learn together, we develop as professionals.  In addition, it is our priority to provide high quality professional development to all staff at all stages of their career.    We utilise the knowledge and expertise of our Trust Improvement Consultants to facilitate a wide range of training opportunities, aiming to keep the skills of all staff fresh and develop competence.  Our external partnerships also allow us to offer a broad range of development opportunities including National Professional Qualifications, apprenticeships and coaching.  

Our Aspire Leaders programme is aimed at potential leaders within our schools who want to learn more about becoming successful leaders and progressing onto the next stage in their career journey.  We believe that effective leadership is essential for sustainable school improvement and are determined to recruit, develop and retain the best leaders in our schools. 


As a trust, we aim to harness the abundance of skill and experience we have within our current workforce and identify new talent to take us to the next step in our journey.  Succession planning is important to us so that we are able to retain our high quality staff within our schools and ensure that those staff feel empowered to develop their careers further, whilst always feeling valued and motivated. 

The Variety of Roles at The 3-18 Trust

Learning Mentor/ Pastoral Staff
Teaching Assistant – Level 1/2/3/HLTA
Cover Supervisor
Class Teacher
Phase Leader/ Head of Department
Assistant Headteacher/ Deputy Headteacher
Key Stage Leader/ Head of House
School Site Assistant/ Supervisor/ Manager
Administrator/ Office Manager/ PA/ School Business Manager
Exam Invigilator
HR/ IT/Finance Officer/ Manager
Trust Improvement Consultant
Trust Executive Team/ Deputy CEO/ CEO

Our Staff

Take a look at the career journeys that some of our staff have experienced whilst working with our Trust.

Staff Benefits

The 3-18 Education Trust is a great place to work. But don’t take our word for it, take a look at all the benefits of being with us.

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Career Pathways

Where will the 3-18 Trust take you?

We have mapped out a number of career journeys that you could take. Have a look at how the right CPD can elevate your position with our Trust

Teacher to Leader

Support Staff

Admin Staff

Site Staff

Training & Development

Initial Teacher Training and Early Career Framework
  • STEP is one of only 87 Teaching School Hubs announced in February 2021 by The Department for Education. It is based at one of our secondary schools, The Priory School.
  • STEP works in partnership with local schools to support initial teacher training; deliver the new Early Career Framework for new Teachers and their mentors and act as an appropriate body under the new statutory changes.
  • STEP is an inclusive partnership comprising  Salop Teaching Partnership (STP), The Alliance of Leading Learning (ALL)  Shropshire Primary Partnership (SPP) and Severn Training and Schools Alliance (STSA) representing all phases and contexts, including Special and Alternative Provisions, across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
  • Step offer teacher training to become an Early Years, Primary or secondary teacher. They work with the University of Chester to provide high quality teacher training, locally delivered by outstanding practitioners and with placements in successful and outstanding local schools across Shropshire & Telford and Wrekin.
  • STEP works to deliver the Early Career Development Programme which delivers high-quality professional development and support to all teachers in the first 2 years of their careers, with the aim of retaining high quality practitioners.
  • In order to find out more about Initial Teacher Training and support provided to any Early Career teachers who work for schools within our trust, please click on the following link: Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership – Home (
Safeguarding Training – our offer

Our Safeguarding Consultant, Sadie Howson, leads safeguarding across the trust.  Training available to our trust schools focuses on the following key areas:

  • Child Protection Training for all staff
  • Filtering and Monitoring training
  • E safety training
  • Training on use of Every, for all school SCRs.

Sadie also runs half termly safeguarding network groups for all our school’s Designated Safeguarding Leads, a chance to collaborate and share good practice.

SEND Training – our offer

Our SEND Consultant, Sadie Howson, leads SEND across the trust.  Training available to our trust schools focuses to the following key areas:

  • Supporting schools with legal paperwork and compliance
  • Supporting SEMH needs within schools
  • Supporting pupils with neurodivergence
  • Attachment training
  • Adaptive teaching 

Sadie also runs half termly SEND network groups for all our SENDCOs, a chance to collaborate and share good practice.

3-18 Leadership Development

We are passionate about ensuring that all staff have the opportunity to develop and pursue their ambition to progress in their careers.   Our external partnerships allow us to offer a broad range of development opportunities including National Professional Qualifications, and we actively encourage middle, senior and head teachers to take part in courses such as: NPQSL, NPQH, NPQEL, to further develop their skills and knowledge and, of course to develop networks and further collaborate both inside and outside our trust.

In addition, we offer our aspiring leaders our own leadership programme, The Aspire Programme. This is underpinned by our Trust values and is an exciting, high-level programme for both support staff and teaching staff, which aims to bring individuals together, from across the Trust, to collaborate and grow together. Specialists in leadership and associated subjects facilitate this dynamic programme, where action learning is a strong component. The skills and characteristics developed by participants on this programme is transferable back into their teams and departments to drive improvement and the careers of our participants can be enhanced as a result of attending the programme.

3-18 Teaching & Learning Development

At The 3-18 Education Trust, our Trust Improvement Consultants have developed a bank of training courses to support our schools to develop in key areas.

These consultants are also able to provide bespoke support to individual schools by providing face to face visits, reviews, carrying out observations and supporting departments to create action plans.

Please watch the following video to find out more about our team of consultants:

Our Coaching Programme

Here at the 3 – 18 Education Trust, we offer an extensive coaching programme in order to develop and assist our middle and senior leaders to achieve specific personal or professional goals by providing training, guidance, challenge and support.  Our programme offers training in how to be a coach within schools and also provides individuals with regular coaching sessions to support them to achieve their goals and be part of a high performing team.  

As part of this programme, our headteachers and our central team also take part in 360 reviews, focusing on strengths and development areas by providing each other with high quality, detailed feedback which is fed back via a coaching session.

Governor Training
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3-18 Apprenticeship Pathway

We actively engage with the Apprenticeship Levy, which provides our Trust with a powerful opportunity to invest in talent development with our current workforce and which also provides the opportunity to bring in fresh talent.

Through the levy, we are able to fully fund professional qualifications for all our staff; ranging from diplomas, through to professional qualifications, including both at degree and masters level. This not only fills any skills gaps but provides our staff with personal development opportunities within their profession.


The levy empowers us to choose which apprenticeships to offer, how many, and when. It’s a strategic investment in our workforce’s growth and success

HR Training at The 3-18 Education Trust

At The 3-18 Education Trust, we offer a wide range of HR training courses, led by our HR team.  These courses cover areas such as:

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Every training
  • Induction
  • Probation
  • Performance Management
  • Grievance
  • Disciplinary
  • Managing Sickness
  • Managing Conflict
  • Stress Awareness
  • Menopause Awareness
  • Embracing Flexible Working
  • Equality and Diversity
IT Training at The 3-18 Education Trust
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Finance Training at The 3-18 Education Trust

SBM Finance Training 

  • Monthly Accounts
  • School Fund
  • Budget Monitoring
  • Budget Setting

Finance Assistant / Officer Training

  • School Fund (Quickbooks)
  • Purchase Ordering
  • Invoice coding and processing
H&S Training at The 3-18 Education Trust

Every Compliance for SBMs / Site Managers – (DW)

  • Introduction to Every Compliance

H&S Training for all relevant staff – Sarah Mellor (Salopian H&S – our H&S Auditors)

  • Manual Handling
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • COSH


The 3-18 Annual Conference

Each year, we organise a Trust Conference to which we invite all school staff.  It is important to us that the whole team feel part of something special and, above all, feel valued.  ​

Our first conference was really successful and, using the staff feedback we received from our first conference, we are planning another exciting agenda for our next conference in November 2024.​

Please watch this video to find out more about our annual conference: 

Trust Wide Conferences

In addition to our annual Trust Conference, we also organise annual conferences in the following key areas:​

  • Safeguarding​
  • SEND​
  • Teaching and Learning​
  • IT​
  • HR​
  • Finance