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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 Behaviour Management (Promoting Learning Relationships) Course
Advocating Creativity

A practical insight of the importance of creating learning relationships with your students. A sometimes humorous but always a thought provoking and challenging experience that will help you truly understand learning needs and how to facilitate them. The aim being to promote classroom engagement and limit conflict.

£135.00 (no VAT on this item) Individual course delegate attending the workshop
£590.00 (no VAT on this item) For schools wishing to run a CPD session. Up to 10 delegates.
£300.00 (no VAT on this item) 1:1 course and two coaching sessions
(Duration: The introductory course is 4 hours. There is the option for an extended classroom action research period and a findings evaluation session.)

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Course_thumb New Heads' conference Course
NAHT

This NAHT conference for new head teachers has been formulated by successful and experienced head teachers from all sectors. It provides a balance of inspirational ideas and sound foundations, so that you return to your school equipped to develop and deliver your vision, as well as prioritising the daily demands of your new role.

£349.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member rate
£299.00 (no VAT on this item) Member rate
(Duration: Two day conference)

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Course_thumb Ofsted and the SENCO: the new framework and expectations Course
NAHT

The course will give SENCOs and senior leaders in mainstream schools a better understanding of Ofsted’s new expectations with regard to outcomes for disabled pupils, those with special educational needs and those with mental health needs.

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-members
£225.00 (no VAT on this item) Members
(Duration: 09:00-15:30)

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Course_thumb Building leadership capacity for new deputy and assistant head teachers Course
NAHT

Designed for newly-appointed deputy and assistant head teachers, this course explores your role and responsibilities and helps you identify a personal development plan to support or complement your induction into your new position. Feeling confident and being competent to take on new roles and responsibilities is vital if your school is to maintain its focus and continue to progress the priorities in your school plan.

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-members
£225.00 (no VAT on this item) Members
(Duration: 09:00-15:30)

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Course_thumb Improving school achievement through effective self-evaluation Course
NAHT

Continuous and rigorous school self-evaluation is at the heart of school improvement.  This course will guide you to focus your improvements on the areas that matter.  The course will be a mixture of informative, reflective and practical activities delivered by a specialist consultant in their field.

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member price
£225.00 (no VAT on this item) Member price
(Duration: 09:00-16:00)

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Course_thumb Exploring academy status Course
NAHT

The academies agenda is here to stay and most schools’ governing bodies may at some point consider whether they should become an academy.  Some schools may find themselves propelled along the route due to floor standard issues.  No matter what the reason, this comprehensive and practical course presents you with a unique and impartial overview of the pros, cons and consequences of moving towards academy status.

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member price
£225.00 (no VAT on this item) Member price
(Duration: 09:00-16:00)

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Course_thumb The New Inspection Framework: understanding, preparing and managing Course
NAHT

This new course is designed to bring leaders up-to-date with Ofsted’s new common inspection framework (September 2015).  The changes will be explained and you will have the opportunity to examine each aspect of the new inspection in relation to your own school.  In doing so, you will be able to check the readiness of your staff, the accuracy of self-evaluations, the quality of your strategic planning, and reflect on the impact of your current provision on the outcomes for your pupils.

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member price
£225.00 (no VAT on this item) Member price
(Duration: 09:00-16:00)

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Course_thumb Improving quality and standards in the Early Years Course
NAHT

In September 2014, Ofsted introduced an additional judgement for early years in primary schools.  Quality and standards in the early years are now reported explicitly in section five inspection reports.  This new course is designed to help you understand best practice in ensuring that provision is having a positive impact on your children.  This key aspect of leadership and management is about using... (read more)

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member price
£225.00 (no VAT on this item) Member price
(Duration: 09:00-16:00)

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Course_thumb Planning for your future Course
NAHT

As a valued member, the NAHT is committed not only to support you during your professional career but we also want to help you consider your choices leading up to, as an alternative to full retirement.  This seminar has been designed to help you consider your options and make informed choices.  

£140.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member price
£99.00 (no VAT on this item) Member price
(Duration: 09:00-13:30)

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Course_thumb NAHT Education Conference Course
NAHT

The 2015 Education Conferences focus around the theme "Catch the energy - release the potential" and feature a number of workshops and keynote speakers who will challenge us all and help us to catch the energy of our schools and release their potential.

£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-member price
£245.00 (no VAT on this item) Member price
(Duration: 09:00-16:00)

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