School Development Team

The School Development Team are a small team within the Learning Improvement Service, that co-ordinate a training programme for school-based staff and governors: Cumbria's Training Events for School Based Staff and Governors. 

Find out more about what we offer:

Cumbria's training events for school based staff and governors

Cumbria's training events for school based staff and governors brings together high impact, evidence informed professional development and conferences, designed to address key areas of school and setting improvement, based on our best intelligence of current needs in Cumbria.

Some of the courses featured in the programme can be offered as a bespoke training event or as part of an 'INSET day' for your school. Please contact the School Development Team who will be happy to arrange this for you.

In normal circumstances, we usually produce a brochure of all training included in the programme, however, this year this has not been possible. Due to Covid-19 we are unable to deliver face to face training and are planning to deliver all training virtually. As new events are arranged, we will advertise these directly to schools via the SLA Online website, email to the school office, Schools Portal and via our Facebook page.

Naturally, new training courses may be added throughout the year, and others changed or postponed, so SLA Online is the most up to date place to browse.  We will also let you know about these developments through direct emails to schools and updates on our Facebook page.

Booking arrangements

Places for all events can be booked in three ways:

Bespoke training events

Some of the courses featured in the programme can be offered as a bespoke training event or as part of an 'INSET day' for your school. Bespoke sessions can also be arranged for cluster training. Please contact the School Development Team who will be happy to arrange this for you. 

What are the benefits of bespoke training?

  • Sharing of work practices/resources with colleagues from similar settings
  • Supporting colleagues form other schools within your cluster
  • Receiving support from form other schools within your cluster
  • Possible shared training costs with other schools
  • Tailor made training at a time and venue suitable to you

Modern Governor e-Learning

Modern Governor modules are designed to help school governors develop their skills through e-learning which supplements traditional 'face to face' training and development opportunities. Whether you are a newly elected governor or an established governor looking to increase your existing knowledge, Modern Governor has something for you.

Modern Governor subscriptions are now available through the School Development Team. Subscriptions can be ordered through SLA Online, by selecting the "Modern Governor" on SLA Online via the 'services' tab, then click the buy now and complete the order.

If you have any questions or queries regarding Modern Governor please do not hesitate to contact the School Development Team by email: or telephone: 01228 221315.

What is SLA Online?

SLA Online is a Business to Business E-commerce platform, primarily used in the UK by Local Authorities to trade with educational settings.

Having started life in 2010, SLA Online is now used by over 60 Local Authorities for trading services to a range of schools, other education settings, and the wider business community.

Here in Cumbria we use SLA Online to advertise and manage bookings for CPD training events for teams within the Council along with events from our partners in the CASL / LASL's / PHA / CASH and Teaching Schools.

Key Features of SLA Online

  • Easy service setup and School/Client Management
  • Shopping basket ordering system
  • Programmed and ad-hoc training
  • Service booking / appointments
  • Documents, news and interactive messaging
  • Groups / forum style communication
  • Simplified billing / income tracking
  • Numerous, simple to use reports
  • Automated alerts and notifications
  • Unlimited schools/clients, services and users

How can I access SLA Online?

Our training events can be viewed and booked by online by registered users

If you are not a registered user of the system, please contact the School Development Team who can set you up -

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The School Development Team are currently working from home but can still be contacted either by email or telephone (mobile) listed below.

School Development Team - contact details  


The Parkhouse Building
Barron Way
Kingmoor Business Park


School Development Team Facebook page

School Development Team Leader

Pam Clark (full time)


Telephone: 01228 226817

Mobile: 07787 842963

School Development Project Officer

Mel Housby (full time)


Telephone: 01228 221354

Mobile: 07776 482665

Business Support Officers

Angela Nixon (Monday to Wednesday lunch time)


Telephone: 01228 221316

Mobile: 07884 014381

Wendy Underwood (Tuesday to Thursday)


Telephone: 01228 221315

Mobile: 07881 848327

Tara Robertson (Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, term time)


Telephone: 01228 221312

Mobile: 07879 872785