Bright Futures Professional Development Institute is a vibrant, innovative organisation made up of a number of hubs and networks at the heart of Bright Futures Educational Trust.
In January 2021, after significant national reforms to the teaching school policy Bright Futures was designated with two new large-scale Teaching School Hubs, which replace the Alliance for Learning Teaching School. The areas we serve are: LWY6 – 291 – Manchester, Stockport LWY8 – 192 – Salford, Trafford. This growth and expansion in our outward facing work brings about a significant increase in accountability and reach. The two Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs are designed to provide strong strategic regional leadership to build robust partnerships to support teachers and leaders in every phase and type of school, at each stage of their development. A crucial part of the hub remit is carefully ensuring structured collaboration. The Teaching School Hubs are at the forefront of providing high quality professional development, playing a significant role in the implementation and delivery of: The Early Career Framework, National Professional Qualifications (NPQ), Initial Teacher Training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD). The Hubs work directly with the Department for Education and national NPQ/ECT providers. In addition to this, the Hubs enhance the professional development needs of Bright Futures schools and academies.
Within this outward facing area of Bright Futures Educational Trust, we have a commercial offer run through Bright Futures Training which provides first-class school improvement services and CPD to over 700 schools, further complementing the work of our Teaching School Hubs.
Our School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Bright Futures SCITT is also an integral part of the Teaching School Hubs, with over 10 years’ experience and judged Good by Ofsted, we offer Early Years, Primary and Secondary teacher training programmes. Within the Bright Futures Professional Development Institute, we are also proud to have a Maths Hub: NW1 Maths Hub offering a wide range of maths specific high-quality professional development opportunities and training/coaching to 500 schools.
Bright Futures SEND Outreach is another service which we provide for our own schools but also the Northwest. We support schools with SEND Reviews, bespoke SEND CPD, advice and guidance to ensure that all children get the same rich opportunities.
We have also been designated as an Early Years Stronger Practice Hub in the Northwest, to provide advice, share good practice, and offer evidence-based professional development for all Early Years’ practitioners (across schools, private nurseries and childminders).