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** Covid-19 **
With the present situation regarding Coronavirus, we are offering a mix of online and face-to-face CPD. We have been refining our online webinar skills so we can continue to deliver high-quality CPD to you.

Unity Schools Partnership, through Unity Professional Development present a number of high-quality CPD opportunities whether you are an NQT, Early Career Teacher, senior leader, aspirant senior leader or a class teacher wishing to hone your skills and expand your knowledge. Click on this link to view our CPD offer for Autumn-Spring 2020-2021

Unity Research School provides evidence-informed CPD for teachers, TAs and school leaders. Our courses are developed in collaboration with the Education Endowment Foundation and Research School Network and deliver high-quality, evidence-informed strategies that can be implemented in your school context. Click on this link to take you to our Unity Research School Events webpage.

Unity Schools Partnership Governance’s programme has been developed by Becky Poynter to use
the expertise we have in the Trust, supplemented with that of Schools’ Choice, to provide a comprehensive suite of courses to support
governance in USP. Click on the button below to view the CPD offer for Governors.

Click on the links above to view more details of the CPD on offer.

Featured, stand out and stand-alone events below:

September 2020

Coming soon…….

Previous Events and Resource Links

June 2020

The Forgotten Third: Do a third of pupils have to fail for two thirds to pass?
Edited by Roy Blatchford



This free webinar marks the launch of a book that brings together essays from leading thinkers and influencers in UK education to consider the ‘forgotten third’ of pupils, and pose solutions to shape a ‘levelled up’ education system.

Four of the book’s authors, Marc Rowland, Rachel MacFarlane, David Laws and Roy Blatchford, will discuss their contributions to the book and ‘Tackling Disadvantage’ from their viewpoint of experience and expertise.

There will be a short series of follow-up videos from other contributors to the book, available to ticket holders after the event.

See our dedicated page

Recommended Pre reading:

Canaries Down the Coalmine: What Next for Pupil Premium Strategy?

Blog – Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium Adviser, Unity Research School

researchED Norwich: Promoting Independence Through Least Help First: Using the TA Scaffolding Framework



Part of a larger online researchED Norwich conference, Andy Samways, Director of Unity Research School and Unity Professional Development presents presents the evidence around Making The Best Use of Teaching Assistants and highlights strategies and a useful planning tool, particularly useful when planning for the return of children to schools after this extended period of uncertainty, during COVID-19.

researchED Norwich information:

Norwich Research School is excited to be leading this collaboration. With key themes including cognitive science there will be something for everyone. An impressive line-up of speakers will share their knowledge and expertise around how research evidence can support our work in schools and in our classrooms.

Recommended Reading:

From Mitigation to Success:
Maximising the achievement of disadvantaged learners



A free seminar for primary, secondary and special school teachers, leaders and those working in advisory roles with Suffolk schools.

Marc Rowland (Pupil Premium Adviser, Unity Research School), Clare Flintoff (CEO, Asset Education) and Phil Palmer (Deputy CEO, Asset Education) will present evidence alongside experience. They will discuss ‘Tackling Disadvantage’ – a subject particularly pertinent during the current pandemic – and will answer two main questions:

  • What does research evidence and good practice tell us?
  • How can we implement this in our own settings?

There will be opportunities to ask questions to the panel.

Recommended Pre reading:

Distance Learning through the Lens of Disadvantaged Pupils

Blog – Marc Rowland, Pupil Premium Adviser, Unity Research School