DOT - Developing Outstanding Teaching Programme


Designed by the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers from a range of secondary and primary schools, the Developing Outstanding Teaching programme gives good and outstanding teachers a set of high level skills and strategies that will enable them to become consistently outstanding teachers who are better placed to support other colleagues through coaching and mentoring and lead changes back in school.  The course will provide opportunities to explore a range of pedagogical approaches and also provide delegates with the ability to coach colleagues in their own school to help raise performance levels.  

This four day course is aimed at teachers who are already delivering consistently good and outstanding lessons, have a strong  commitment to Teaching and Learning and wish to further develop and enhance their practice and that of others.  They will have a commitment to professional development and the ability to reflect on their own practice.  Teachers who would benefit may already be involved in coaching or mentoring or have the potential to take on this type of role to help raise the quality of teaching and learning in their schools.  

During the course, which will be held at a range of different schools and settings, delegates will be given structured opportunities to reflect on teaching approaches and their quality and impact.  It will also introduce and consolidate new knowledge and skills and focus on what makes teaching and learning outstanding through a series of lesson observations aimed at encouraging participants to reflect on what makes effective teaching and learning and how this can be applied to their own practice.  The course will also introduce coaching and mentoring skills which will be invaluable in helping to disseminate that good practice back in school.  A series of gap tasks will help consolidate knowledge and give colleagues opportunities to innovate by trying out new strategies and techniques in the classroom as well as strong emphasis on sharing good practice back in their departments to the benefits of others.

£299.00 per delegate, to include all resources, lunch and refreshments at each session. 

Secondary DOT programme

Spring / Summer 2020

Date Venue Time
Thursday 12th March Camboune Village College 08.30-3.00
Tuesday 24th March Comberton Village College 08.30-3.00
Tuesday 28th April  St Peters School 08.30-3.00
Monday 8th June Comberton Village College   08.30-3.00


Summer 2020

Date Venue Time
Tuesday 2nd June Saffron Walden County High School 09.00-3.00
Thursday 11th June Saffron Walden County High School 09.00-3.00
Tuesday 16th June Saffron Walden County High School 09.00-3.00
Tuesday 23rd June Saffron Walden County High School   09.00-3.00


Primary DOT programme 

Spring term 2020 - West Town Primary Academy 

Date Venue Time
Thursday 16th January  West Town Primary Academy 09.00-3.00
Thursday 13th February West Town Primary Academy 09.00-3.00
Thursday 19th March  West Town Primary Academy 09.00-3.00
Thursday 2nd April West Town Primary Academy  09.00-3.00


Spring term 2020 - Saffron Walden schools

Date Venue Time
Monday 20th January  Katherine Semar Schools 09.00-3.00
Thursday 6th February RA Butler 09.00-3.00
Wednesday 26th February  Katherine Semar Schools 09.00-3.00
Wednesday 11th March tbc 09.00-3.00

To book a place on one of our DOT programmes, please complete the online booking request form on this page, alternatively please email Lindsay Kerrison, CTSN Administrator

DOT Booking Request

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