Leadership and Career Progression

BDAT is committed to developing its staff at every stage of their career from Pre-ITT through to Executive Headteacher, from apprentices to Executive Business Managers and all the teaching and associate staff support roles in between. To support staff in identifying the available development opportunities we have developed the BDAT Career Map for teaching and associate staff. This document identifies the various stages that exist within a career pathway in schools for teachers and associate staff and lays out the various opportunities that are on offer to develop you as a leader within your current role or on your next step up the careers ladder. It is also used by line managers to support both appraisal and annual careers discussions.

What opportunities are available?
The opportunities that are ultimately available are varied; some involve giving you an insight in to the various aspects of work within the Trust, for example, attending governors’ meetings, subject networks or spending time in another Trust school. Other opportunities involve participation in particular programmes or training, either developed and delivered by Trust staff or by chosen external providers. There is also the opportunity for high performing staff to be recognised as BDAT Leaders of Education or Specialist Leaders of Education with the chance to lead on Trust initiatives or be involved in school to school support.

How can I access the map?
A version of the map is available here A more detailed version is made available to the staff who undertake your performance management.

How can I access the opportunities laid out on the map?
The opportunities outlined in the career map can be discussed at your annual performance management meeting and, for those staff who wish to take advantage of them, at any annual careers discussion you may have. Please consider the opportunities that are laid out in the document; you may wish to raise them with your Line Manager at your performance management meeting or may choose to do so when you feel it appropriate to take on further development opportunities.

The career map is also not a static document and the Trust is constantly looking for additional features that will enable us to develop ALL our staff, whatever role they have within the Trust. Please do come back to look at the map on a regular basis to find out what is new and being offered.

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