Professional development

Become the best teacher you can be

HMC schools are committed to the professional development of their staff. This includes teachers at all levels of their career from trainees, NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers), experienced teachers, those aspiring to – or working in – middle and senior leadership roles, and heads.

HMC schools recognise that professional development is important to help you to become the best teacher you can be and to meet your career ambitions.

There are well-defined and distinctive career paths at HMC schools, which can enable speedy career progression.

For trainees, NQTs and those early in their careers, there is considerable structured professional development support, where external courses and in-school training, can develop your knowledge across a wide range of topics including safeguarding, exam assessment, mental health and how to get the best from your pupils.

An HMC school’s commitment to your professional development will continue as you become an experienced teacher and your career progresses.  There are regular performance development reviews, and courses and training opportunities can be chosen to enable you to broaden and update your knowledge, and keep abreast of new initiatives and innovations.

The approach to professional development at HMC schools is highly personalised and can be tailored to enhance your expertise in your specialist subject or help you to progress your career towards leadership roles, such as head of department or pastoral management positions.

If you are an NQT at an HMC school, your professional development will be a key aspect of your induction programme.  As well as agreeing personalised aims with your dedicated in-school tutor and attending internal training, NQTs whose induction is overseen by the Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip) will attend three IStip training days.  These are run by other independent schools which mean the content is geared towards teaching in the independent sector and you can network with teachers in your subject and key stage, as well as trainers, whose experience is relevant to you.

For those aspiring to – or working in – middle, senior leadership or headship roles, we have our own HMC Professional Development (HMCPD) service.

Training and development by HMCPD is highly contextualised, catering specifically towards the needs of leaders in independent schools, and HMC schools in particular. 

The service aims to encourage and support excellence in teaching, learning and school leadership with the 80 courses and conferences it provides each year.

"In my training year, I achieved QTS with a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Having been awarded these qualifications, the following year I was an NQT and during this time, the position of head of physics came up. I was encouraged internally to apply and was delighted to be successful."

Adam Lambert, head of physics,
Blundell's School
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