Subject Specialists at CfBT Schools Trust
Supporting our secondary schools in core areas
The Subject Specialists are a team of six English, maths and science teachers. They support the core departments Trust-wide for three days a week, which are peripatetic, and teach for two days in their base school.
The team work closely with Heads of Department, and their action plans are aligned with school development plans and the strategic direction set by Heads and other leaders.
Three strategies are deployed to achieve these goals:
- supporting Heads of Department (HoDs) to improve departmental processes
- supporting HoDs to develop the team and
- supporting HoDs’ own development.
The team has developed a range of tactics for these, including: a coaching programme which can be cascaded to schools; developing teacher programmes, which improves teaching practice holistically; deep departmental reviews; curriculum and moderation support; and other forms of personalised joint professional development.
Through these tactics, with a focus on coaching and staff taking a lead on their own professional growth, the team is set up to support any kind of department, from vulnerable to outstanding.