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St Thomas More

Catholic School

Continuing Professional and Leadership Development

Each school within the alliance offers a wide range of varied CPD opportunities. 

Associate Senior Leadership Scheme

The “Associate Senior Leadership” (ASL) scheme is an established developmental programme, facilitating the rapid progression of talented staff of varying levels of experience by placing them as full members of the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT).  This programme is supported by a one of our SLEs, an expert external mentor, who meets regularly with ASLs.   Each ASL is assigned different areas of responsibility, including one major responsibility for which they must demonstrate impact on pupils and staff.  The mentor meetings help ASLs to reflect on their progress as well as engaging in discussion about the principles of effective leadership.


The scheme is also available to other schools. If your school is interested in participating in the scheme then please contact Simon Bent via


Teaching and Learning Circle

The alliance holds regular Teaching and Learning Circles, informal but informed discussions exploring contemporary issues in education.

Past Discussion Topics:
“Everyday sexism: Should schools become gender neutral zones?” 
"Why do we need school when we have Google?"
"Is flipped learning the future?"
"What constitutes as outstanding A Level teaching"
"How can I stretch my higher ability pupils?"