At the end of last term, seven local primary schools from across East Bath joined up to share best practice and support professional development. 

The East Bath Learning Partnership (EBLP) – consisting of St Saviour’s Junior school, St Saviour’s Nursery and Infant School, Bathford Primary School, Batheaston Primary School, Bathampton Primary School, St Stephen’s Primary School and Swainswick Primary School – spent a day at St Saviour’s Junior School as part of a staff training day. During the day, 130 teachers and school staff took part in workshops and networking opportunities aimed to support their professional development. These included growth mindset, e-safety and outside learning, to name just a few.

Mr Joe Beament, the Headteacher at St Saviour’s Junior School, said “Training days like these are vital in supporting staff’s professional development. Teaching is a demanding but extremely rewarding career and staff training is vital to improving practice. All the Headteachers and Governors of the EBLP schools are committed to sharing training and ensuring we offer the best possible school experience to the children in our community. It was a pleasure to host the day and welcome so many hard working and skilled professionals.”

Along with training focusing on teaching and learning, staff well-being was another important part of the day. All the schools believe that in an ever-changing educational landscape it is important to spend time to reflect, relax and re-energise, so workshops including yoga, mindfulness and well-being were also offered. 

Mr Ed Harker, Headteacher of St Saviour’s Infant and Nursery School, added, “The partnership between our local schools has been a key development over recent years and is now stronger than ever. A shared approach to school development is always the best approach and working together for the whole community means all the children have the best start to their education.”

After the training day and a relaxing half-term. the school teams will be ready to tackle what is sure to be an exciting and busy Christmas term.