The experience and continuing professional development (CPD) that you gain working with King’s Group will last you a lifetime. As an educational organisation CPD is embedded in Group culture to ensure that our teams live our values. We believe that to impart or share knowledge, we must first ensure that the team is equipped with the relevant skills and comprehension themselves.
Our people are our core strength and we truly believe that the Group can only achieve our passion for excellence, if our employees are excellent themselves. For this reason, the investment that we make in CPD, coupled with clearly defined professional development plans, make sure that King’s staff are truly at the cutting edge of their chosen profession. We strongly believe that whatever development path you choose, you’ll be able to take the knowledge and insights you’ve gained with you.
As an international organisation, King’s Group offer far more than just localised technical “on the job” training. Thanks to our globally spread network, there are opportunities and accessible support that can be gleaned from all corners of the organisation, developing your cross-business relationship skills.
Our Group HR & Training division, are in place to identify and work with you to establish the development path most suited for your career goals, skills and aspirations, to ensure that you gain the necessary knowledge and confidence to guide you on your career path.
Within King’s Group there are three core aspects to your professional development:
- On the job skills training
- Coaching / mentoring
- Formal courses / training
Organisational culture fundamentally ensures that you can work to the best of your ability and on the career path to which you aspire, because ultimately we know that that means our students and customers will benefit too.
CPD at King’s
At King’s Group we are committed to providing professional development for all our staff, allowing them to remain at the leading edge of their profession.
A large number of CPD initiatives are offered, from short online top-up and refresher courses through to extensive programmes leading to a qualification. Compliance training is also an essential component of our training programmes and areas such as First Aid, Safeguarding and e-safety are covered by external experts and course providers.
All schools, Central Services and business units staff members benefit from ongoing CPD programmes and many training activities are organised centrally, such as the CPML Programme for Middle Leaders and the Professional Development Weekend. Training allows staff to develop to their full potential whilst ensuring skills and knowledge are kept fully up to date.
The COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders (CPML)
This programme is designed for ambitious middle leaders who wish to develop their management skill. The framework sees participants undertake a 10 month programme which leads to a recognised qualification and prepares staff for the next stage of their careers in educational management. Over the past two years over 60 members of staff from King’s Group have taken part.
King’s Group “Professional Development Weekend” (PDW)
Offers in-depth workshops and keynote speakers on a multitude of topics to over 400 delegates every year. The main objectives of the PDW are to promote reflection and learning and allow staff to keep up to date with the latest thinking in key areas and developments in the curriculum, as well as take advantage of the networking opportunities to meet staff from other schools in the Group and sharing best practice.
Central Services TeamSpirit Day
At King’s Group we want our staff to feel part of one big team, working together to achieve the King’s Group vision, whilst developing professionally and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues in a supportive environment. It is an on-going process that helps a work group to evolve into a cohesive unit. Our team members not only share expectations for accomplishing group tasks, but trust and support one another and respect one another’s individual differences.
Nexalia Masterchef competition
The first Nexalia Masterchef competition took place at King’s College Soto de Viñuelas in December 2017. Kitchen staff put their culinary skills to the test in each of the categories (Starter, Main Dish, Dessert) and entries were assessed by a panel of experts. This type of best-practice sharing helps our catering teams develop their culinary expertise by releasing their creativity and driving friendly competition between colleagues.
Living in a foreign country is not easy, especially if you do not speak the language. King’s Group is committed with all the staff to improve their foreign language skills. We provide our staff with English, Spanish and Latvian courses to help them improve their level of the language and settle in to the new environment with confidence.