Knottingley High School and Sports College

When I joined Knottingley High School and Sports College, I had used the NAPTA programme at a previous school so I knew how easy and concise the process is for support staff.

I introduced NAPTA to staff by using the PowerPoint presentation that comes with the programme. I worked with small groups and then offered support once they began the online reviews.

The support staff welcomed this acknowledgement of their need for professional development. They thought the process was simple and effective and liked the NAPTA Web site.

Having been seconded to the local authority as a consultant to support the training needs of all staff within school, I am able to help people plan individual paths to suit their progression. I will be helping staff to create their CPD folders and, of course, the school will have excellent records of training for the support staff and their professional competencies to date.

In a school where there was little documented evidence of support staff training and development, we have swiftly addressed this with the NAPTA professional review. It takes a little time, but with planning it can be done easily and with excellent results.

Sharon Fry, Senior Cover Supervisor, Knottingley High School and Sports College, Wakefield

NAPTA, 1-2 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 8BB — tel 01223 224930 — email