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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 Composing at KS2 with Kirsty Devaney Course
Music Education Solutions Ltd

This course is designed for primary music coordinators, class teachers, instrumental teachers and teaching assistants and will explore all aspects of composing at KS2.

£35.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1.30pm-4.30pm)

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Course_thumb Composing at KS4 & 5 with Kirsty Devaney Course
Music Education Solutions Ltd

Gain understanding of strategies and activities to encourage high quality composition at GCSE and A Level.

£35.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 9.30am-12.30pm)

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Course_thumb Musical Basics with The Stringcredibles Course
Music Education Solutions Ltd

Develop your own understanding of ‘the inter-related dimensions of music’ and the skills to teach these to your pupils.

£50.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 4pm-6pm)

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Course_thumb KS2 Music and Movement Course
Music Education Solutions Ltd

Learn how to use music and movement activities to support composition, notation and singing work at KS2.

£40.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 2pm-5pm)

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Course_thumb KS1 Music and Movement Resource
Music Education Solutions Ltd

To learn how to use music and movement activities to improve your KS1 pupils’ creative and academic skills.

£40.00 (no VAT on this item)

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Course_thumb Singing Strategy Symposium Course
Music Education Solutions Ltd

This one day event is for Singing Strategy leaders and vocal staff from Music Education Hubs. The day will comprise a mixed programme of debates, seminars, workshops & practical sessions, allowing participants to gather and share ideas for singing strategy. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, along with a trade fair showcasing vocal music workshop and publishing companies. Presentation slots will be available for hubs who wish to formally share aspects of their singing strategy work.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 10am-4pm)

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Maths subject leader meeting - middle schools Course
Jayne Spiller education

This meeting provides a forum for subject leaders to be updated on, discuss and feedback on the impact of national and local priorities for the teaching and learning of primary mathematics on pupil attainment and progress. It will also further promote collaborative ways of working within the LA by sharing good practice in leading on mathematics, teaching and learning.

£90.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1/2 day)

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Maths subject leader network meeting Course
Jayne Spiller education

Termly network meeting for new/ established/ aspiring subject leaders of mathematics in primary schools.

£90.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1/2 day)

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Improving subject knowledge to support children's learning  Course
Jayne Spiller education

A two day course for teaching assistants which focuses on understanding the concepts of calculating and the procedural approaches used to calculate. We'll also look at how a good understanding of these concepts are needed when working with fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion. Just for good measure we'll throw in some geometry as there's more than meets the eye about shapes. The two days will... (read more)

£76.00 (no VAT on this item) non WGSP schools
£69.00 (no VAT on this item) WGSP schools
(Duration: 2 days)

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Subject knowledge and the NC 2014 – including strategies for securing recall of maths facts Course
Jayne Spiller education

A day for KS2 teachers and teaching assistants who would like to further develop their subject knowledge as a result of the increased expectation of the content of the National Curriculum 2014 – fractions, ratio and proportion and not forgetting algebra - with strategies on how to teach these concepts to children. With a focus on developing and applying arithmetic... (read more)

£76.00 (no VAT on this item) non WGSP schools
£69.00 (no VAT on this item) WGSP schools
(Duration: 1 day)

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