Academies Put Teacher Wellbeing First Trust Invests in Digital Partnership to Support Staff

A Multi Academy Trust is leading the way in supporting teachers during the pandemic by investing in a new digital partnership which puts wellbeing first. 


St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust – a family of 25 schools in Derbyshire and the surrounding counties – is using Pathway, a new online programme which delivers professional and personal development to primary and secondary schools. Launched by the award-winning ed-tech company Discovery Education and teaching union NAHT, Pathway is used by thousands of teachers across the UK. 


Designed to support ‘the whole teacher’, Pathway is a holistic programme with a strong focus on wellbeing. By bringing professional and personal development together online, it offers a unique approach to CPD, helping teachers at St Ralph Sherwin CMAT to flourish at this challenging time.


Written and presented by some of the UK’s leading education experts, the Pathway programme provides a wide range of easy-to-access courses, webinars, resources and tools to help teachers develop professionally and personally. Delivered fully online and available on demand, Pathway will enable teachers from the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT to access training, advice and support as they deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Jeremy Spencer, Senior Director of Performance and Standards at St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said: 


“Investing in, and looking after, our staff team is one of our absolute priorities at the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT. We looked hard to find a programme that would balance the personal development of our staff with a strong focus on their professional development. The Leadership Pathways Programme, from Discovery Education, provides staff with exactly what we were looking for. We look forward to enabling more teachers to benefit from this innovative and high-quality resource.”


Pathway includes a special wellbeing programme, written and presented by Professor Tim O’Brien and Dr Dennis Guiney, designed to help teachers stay healthy and motivated. A new advice hub, powered by NAHT experts, will also help schools to keep abreast of the latest education policies and guidelines. 


Andrew Hammond, Senior Director of Learning and Community at Discovery Education said:


“We believe that teachers’ wellbeing, motivation and creative ambitions deserve as much consideration as their professional skills. We’re delighted to partner with St. Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust to bring the Pathway programme to schools across Derbyshire and the surrounding counties, helping teachers to stay motivated and feel supported at this exceptionally challenging time.”


Pathway’s contributors are some of the UK’s leading education experts and include Hywel Roberts, Dr Debra Kidd, Professor Tim O’Brien, Pranav Patel, Julie Keyes and Professor Max Coates.


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