Staff Development

Part of our alliance vision is to deliver the best experiences and outcomes for staff.

This can only be done by delivering high quality, innovative CPD and staff development to ensure excellent practice is shared.

Staff development is vital for the future of any school. An effective staff development policy will be linked to the school improvement plan. The profile of staff development has been raised in recent years by reforms in schools’ workforces and the greater emphasis on continuing professional development.

NCTL, ‘Managing HR in Schools’

Staff development encompasses a wide range of methods:

  • training courses, external and internal
  • action learning
  • coaching
  • work shadowing
  • mentoring

Shires Alliance can offer all of these, both in structured CPD and also coaching and support tailored to the needs of your staff within their context.

Here are your facilitators:

Anna Ingram : Assistant Head Teaching & Learning, Head of Teaching School

Anna Ingram

Assistant Head Teaching & Learning, Head of Teaching School

English, leadership of CPD

I began teaching in 1995 even though I hadn't initially thought that teaching was the career I wanted to follow. Once I was in the classroom however, I realised that I was being paid to teach reading and writing and it was fabulous! Teaching children means that every day, without fail, there's always something that makes me laugh. Having moved from leading an English department to senior leadership, the real joy is in facilitating others on their journey to greater understanding of building teams and delivering on the core purpose of educating children. As Head of Teaching School, this has given me the opportunity to recognise and utilise the strengths across our alliance to bring together the right people to ensure the best outcomes for both pupils and staff.


Kevin Lister : Assistant Headteacher at Stratford upon Avon School

Kevin Lister

Assistant Headteacher at Stratford upon Avon School

Assessment, leadership of curriculum, Maths

Before teaching I spent 10 years at Jaguar Land-Rover as an engineer and project manager, and became accredited as a Chartered Engineer whilst studying part time for an MBA. I decided to re-train as a teacher and have never regretted it.
As a teacher of Maths I spent one year at Chenderit School, Oxfordshire and at Stratford upon Avon school as Curriculum Leader for Maths, a post that I held for 3 years. I have been in my current role as Assistant Headteacher for almost 3 years, where I am responsible for student progress and data, oversee years 9-11 and line manage half of the curriculum teams.
I am keen to develop the use of data as a force for good in the classroom and to ensure that policies and procedures are developed such that the best thing to do is also the easiest thing to do. I believe strongly in leadership and empowerment at all levels, with decisions always taken with the child in mind.


Adam Hodgkinson : Assistant Hedateacher, Stratford upon Avon School

Adam Hodgkinson

Assistant Hedateacher, Stratford upon Avon School

I started in education by training to teach at the University of Bath, before completing 2 years teaching at Fullbrook School in Surrey. I then moved to Stratford upon Avon School in 2009 as a teacher of Physics. I have since held posts as KS3 co-ordinator and Learning and Teaching lead within science, leading to my current role as whole school lead for Learning and Teaching. I have recently completed a Masters in Education with a twin focus on developing constructivist learning methods within Physics and leading whole school change and development. I am espoused to the ideals of distributed leadership to empower people to be a part of whole school issues.


Laura Laszcz : Assistant Headteacher (acting), Teaching & Learning and ITT at Henley in Arden School

Laura Laszcz

Assistant Headteacher (acting), Teaching & Learning and ITT at Henley in Arden School

I read Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester, before completing my initial teacher training at Leeds. I am a teacher of history but am also passionate about teaching RE (which I was given an opportunity to teach early on in my career and have continued to do so ever since).  I lead the faculty of Social Sciences and work with new entrants to teaching; I have worked in schools in West Yorkshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. I also ensure that Henley-in-Arden's own approach to teaching and learning is outward facing.


Richard Mahoney : Director of Sport, King Edward VI Stratford

Richard Mahoney

Director of Sport, King Edward VI Stratford

After a career in professional sport, the next best thing was to teach sport to others! Having been a Physical Education teacher in London and now Director of Sport at KES, I thoroughly enjoy the chance to support high performance students with their pursuit of sporting excellence as much as enabling others to find a vehicle to a healthy and active life style.

My passion was in competitive sport, this has now been funneled into leadership, managing and building teams and different strategies to get the very best out of myself and those connected to the sports programme. I'm really looking forward to engaging in the TSA and discussing new concepts, sharing ideas and forging clear philosophies.


Richard Barfoot : Head of Computer Science, King Edward VI Stratford

Richard Barfoot

Head of Computer Science, King Edward VI Stratford

Originally a Modern Linguist, I decided to alter my career trajectory after 12 years’ MFL teaching, including additional roles as second of department, KS3 Strategy Manager and Key Skills Coordinator. I undertook an MSc course in Computer Science before joining King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, where I have spent the last 11 years refusing to debug students’ dodgy code. In 2014 I established the CAS Stratford Hub and the Recursion Computer Science Fair.