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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 Very Creative Maths for the Primary Classroom 10th February 2015 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Very Creative Maths for the Primary Classroom - How to teach mathematics (very) creatively in primary schools with Trisha Lee. Our brains are hardwired to make sense of the world through story. Children’s fantasy play is rich with metaphor and imagery, language and sound - we just need to bring these stories into the maths classroom for some serious and effective learning. This unique... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Getting It Right for the Gifted and Talented Learners 11th February 2015 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Getting It Right for the Gifted and Talented Learners - How teachers can identify and meet the needs of our most able children through a range of practical strategies with Dr David George. Stretching our more able children is not something schools should do because Ofsted expects it but because, in doing so, everyone benefits. This new day-course by the venerable Dr David George... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Very Creative Maths for the Primary Classroom 12th February 2015 Manchester Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Very Creative Maths for the Primary Classroom - How to teach mathematics (very) creatively in primary schools with Trisha Lee. Our brains are hardwired to make sense of the world through story. Children’s fantasy play is rich with metaphor and imagery, language and sound - we just need to bring these stories into the maths classroom for some serious and effective learning. This... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Getting It Right for the Gifted and Talented Learners 3rd March 2015 Manchester Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Getting It Right for the Gifted and Talented Learners - How teachers can identify and meet the needs of our most able children through a range of practical strategies with Dr David George. Stretching our more able children is not something schools should do because Ofsted expects it but because, in doing so, everyone benefits. This new day-course by the venerable Dr David George... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Positively Brilliant Teaching and Learning for All 24th March 2015 Birmingham Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Positively Brilliant Teaching and Learning for All - Making every classroom experience a positive one – for children as well as for teachers with Nina Jackson. From SEND to G&T, from inclusion to behaviour, from demotivated children to exhausted teachers, this new day-course is a one-stop shop when it comes to getting the best out of everyone in the classroom. Full of workable,... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Positively Brilliant Teaching and Learning for All 25th March 2015 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Positively Brilliant Teaching and Learning for All - Making every classroom experience a positive one – for children as well as for teachers with Nina Jackson. From SEND to G&T, from inclusion to behaviour, from demotivated children to exhausted teachers, this new day-course is a one-stop shop when it comes to getting the best out of everyone in the classroom. Full of workable,... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Dirty Teaching 5th May 2015 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Dirty Teaching - The Almost Complete Guide to Taking Your Teaching and Learning Outside with Juliet Robertson. Everything you need to know to enjoy the many benefits of taking your classroom outside - whether you have school grounds, a field or just a square of tarmac. This event is a practical, hands on day-course with one of the UK’s leading practitioners when it comes to taking teaching and learning beyond the confines of the classroom, whatever environment lies beyond your classroom door.

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Dirty Teaching 7th May 2015 Manchester Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Dirty Teaching - The Almost Complete Guide to Taking Your Teaching and Learning Outside with Juliet Robertson. Everything you need to know to enjoy the many benefits of taking your classroom outside - whether you have school grounds, a field or just a square of tarmac. This event is a practical, hands on day-course with one of the UK’s leading practitioners when it comes to taking teaching and learning beyond the... (read more)

£249.00 + VAT 1 delegate
£469.00 + VAT 2 delegates
£699.00 + VAT 3 delegates
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Advance Knowledge in Drawing and Talking  Course
Drawing and Talking Ltd

Many people who have completed the Foundation to Drawing and Talking have expressed a desire to know more about the technique and Jungian Theory that underpins it. Drawing and Talking Ltd are delighted to offer the Advance Training course to anyone who has completed the Foundation to Drawing and Talking.

£180.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 Day - (9am-3pm))

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Course_thumb Foundation to Drawing and Talking Therapy  Course
Drawing and Talking Ltd

Drawing and Talking is a safe, easy to learn method of working with pupils, in both primary and secondary schools, to help with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning and behaviour. The core of the method is encouraging pupils to draw with a person with whom they feel comfortable, regularly, at the same time each week, and this person asking some non-intrusive questions about the... (read more)

£180.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 Day - (9am-3pm))

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