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The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust


We aim to offer high quality CPD, provided by school leaders, as well as external partners; encouraging collaboration and sharing of best practices across the Trust.  Examples include:

  • BWCAT Networks – We offer a range of collaborative networks for staff across the Trust, including curriculum meetings, Early Years Network, SENCO Forum and our RE Network.
  • BWCAT Curriculum Leadership Group – Staff across the Trust, are working together as part of our Curriculum Leadership Group, to enhance our curriculum development. This collaborative approach, is having a positive impact on curriculum quality, as well as staff workload and wellbeing.
  • COLDS Networks – Staff within our secondary schools have access to school improvement networks, ensuring effective collaboration across the diocesan secondary schools.
  • Assistive Technology Champions – Staff from across the Trust, are working with an external training provider, in order to investigate ways in which Assistive Technology can be used to support pupils in our schools.

The National College


BWCAT staff have full membership of The National College, which allows all employees to have access to the CPD opportunities available.

BWCAT Leaders of Education (BWCAT LE)


The significant benefit of working as part of our Trust, includes the capacity that we can bring collectively for high quality teacher and curriculum development, within a healthy and thriving culture. 

The school review programme enables us to have a detailed understanding of the strengths and areas for improvement across our schools.  The development of a recognised group of BWCAT Leaders of Education provides the opportunity to implement school to school support by developing leadership capacity across the Trust.   Being designated a BWCAT LE provides formal recognition for staff who work cross-trust to develop the capacity and capability of other leaders, so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools.

The development of the BWCAT LE role, recognises staff who have contributed to cross-trust development work by:

  • Developing areas of work as outlined in the Trust Strategic Plan.
  • Actively contributing to workforce development including the Early Career Framework and NPQs.
  • Participating in school-to-school improvement work.
  • Taking responsibility for the organisation of a Trust network.
  • Making a positive contribution towards the BWCAT Curriculum Leadership Group.