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Pupils

Target the learning of specific pupils

  • Professional development is most effective when you're aiming to improve the learning of a specific group of pupils.
  • To maximise the benefit, decide on the specific pupils and a clear learning goal for them before you choose a course, event, expert or resource.
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Time

Sustain the CPD for at least two terms

  • A one-off training event rarely changes habits effectively, you need to actively pursue a new idea or skill for at least two terms, or more than 50 hours if you want to see a long-lasting change. Sustained experimentation and refinement is the best way of embedding a theoretical idea in everyday classroom practice.
  • A single course could kick-start this process or act as a refresher during the learning process, but shouldn't be undertaken without a plan to continue the learning back at school or college.
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Meeting

Work with colleagues to plan & observe

  • You're much more likely to succeed in improving your teaching habits if you work with colleagues.
  • You need to find time to identify ideas, share and discuss the progress of new ideas regularly including trying out new approaches, plan lessons/interventions together, observe each other, examine work samples and assessments and keep adapting and improving. To do this you must allocate time for the regular giving and receiving of constructive feedback.
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Book

Consult an expert, course, or resource

  • The most effective professional development requires an outside voice to support, challenge your beliefs and assumptions and guide the implementation of new ideas, as well as a mentor or coach to facilitate your learning.
  • If you keep everything in-house you may be recycling ideas that are less effective, choosing sub-optimal strategies, making mistakes that others have already made, and you may stop investigating before you've fully an explored an idea.
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Measure

Evalute the effect on pupils' learning

  • Throughout the learning process you should keep evaluating how the learning experience of your pupils has changed. Just because you've change your practice doesn't necessarily mean they're learning any more effectively.
  • Use a variety of ways of evaluating learning: tests, homeworks, surveys, work-samples, observations or video, and of course simply asking pupils.
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Course_thumb The Philosophy Shop Resource
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The Philosophy Foundation(from 8 reviews)

The Philosophy Shop is jam-packed with ideas to get anyone thinking philosophically. For use in the classroom, after school clubs, philosophy departments, philosophy groups or even for the lone reader, this book will appeal to anyone who likes to think. Winner of the BESA Best Educational Resource Award 2013.

£14.99 (no VAT on this item)

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Course_thumb Thoughtings: philosophy through poetry Course
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The Philosophy Foundation(from 8 reviews)

Learn how to use thought-provoking poetry in your class to develop children's literacy and deepen their thinking skills.

£180.00 (no VAT on this item) Book included
(Duration: Staff meeting)

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Course_thumb Stage 1 PhiE training Course
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The Philosophy Foundation(from 8 reviews)

The Philosophy Foundation's flagship training course, providing you with the skills and tools run philosophy sessions with your class.

£318.00 (no VAT on this item) With free book
(Duration: 2 days)

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Course_thumb Enquiry across the curriculum Course
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The Philosophy Foundation(from 8 reviews)

A one-day introduction to using philosophical enquiry across the curriculum with strategies and resources that can be implemented immediately

£1,050.00 (no VAT on this item) Full Day Inset
£630.00 (no VAT on this item) Half day Inset
£150.00 (no VAT on this item) Staff meeting
(Duration: Full day/Half day)

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Thumb Questioning Technique Pocketbook Resource
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Teachers' Pocketbooks(from 4 reviews)

Teachers’ questions play a critical role, not just for the thinking they provoke, but in the modelling of questioning skills and the development of curiosity. Using cartoons, diagrams and visual prompts to support the text, this highly practical Pocketbook is suitable for all teachers. It separates out the elements of questioning – framing them, delivering them, and responding to the answers – and offers both simple tweaks... (read more)

£8.99 (no VAT on this item)

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Thumb Asperger Syndrome Pocketbook Resource
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Teachers' Pocketbooks(from 4 reviews)

Expert advice and practical strategies for understanding and overcoming the challenges posed by Asperger Syndrome.

£8.99 (no VAT on this item)

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Course_thumb Enquiry in the Curriculum Course
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The Philosophy Foundation(from 8 reviews)

This programme is run in the classroom alongside the teachers helping them to understand how to develop and when to use enquiries to assist their everyday teaching.

£1,100.00 (no VAT on this item) for total course
£995.00 (no VAT on this item) for two or more teachers / classes for total course
(Duration: 10 weeks (15 hours))

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Thumb The Engaged Learner Course
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tutor2u(from 27 reviews)

The Engaged Learner is a new CPD course from tutor2u that is packed full of practical ideas and resources to improve the quality of teaching and learning within every classroom. This course is suitable for all teachers across the curriculum (Key stage 3, 4 and 5)

£195.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb TBBLE (The Best Business Lesson Ever) Course
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tutor2u(from 27 reviews)

The Best Business Lesson Ever 2013 - a resource-packed CPD course for all Level 2 and Level 3 business studies teachers

£190.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Level 1 Philosophy for Children (P4C) courses held throughout 2014 Course
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SAPERE - Philosophy for Children(from 3 reviews)

Philosophy for Children (P4C) is a powerful teaching method that boosts children’s thinking skills, reasoning ability and overall academic performance. Around 3,000 teachers a year are trained in the P4C pedagogy, reaching around 50,000 pupils per year.

£295.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 2 consecutive days -12 hours tuition at various venues)

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