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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 Learning in and through Outdoor & Adventurous Activity Challenges Course
af Thinking & Learning Company

The course was developed in response to the DfE (2013) statutory programme of study for physical education which requires schools to include outdoor and adventurous activities in their curriculum offer to children at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4. It provides you with ideas to promote learning aligned to the National curriculum requirements in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges. We also provide you with a starter resource pack to support learning and progress towards higher standards.

£190.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

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Course_thumb Teaching the New WJEC Eduqas English Literature Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

New Specification event

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Teaching the New WJEC GCSE in English Literature Course
Philip Allan Events

New specification event

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Essential Maths Skills for A-level Psychology Students Course
Philip Allan Events

Maths Skills Webinar Series

£110.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 Hour and 30 mins)

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Course_thumb Essential Maths Skills for A-level Chemistry Students Course
Philip Allan Events

Webinar series

£110.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 Hour and 30 mins)

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Course_thumb Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF) Course
af Thinking & Learning Company

This qualification supports the achievement of the Governments school sport policy and lasting legacy of the 2012 Games. It qualifies you to deliver/support the delivery of low risk activities that contribute to a physical education and school sport programme through curriculum-based and/or extra-curricular activities; and prepares you for employment in a school sport... (read more)

£895.00 + VAT
(Duration: 10 days)

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Course_thumb SLUK Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education Specialism Course
af Thinking & Learning Company

This qualification aims to develop professional practice in order to improve the overall delivery of the physical education curriculum within primary schools and raise standards.

£975.00 + VAT
(Duration: 6 Days)

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Course_thumb Dyslexia - International Programme Course
Dyslexia Action

The Level 4 and Level 5 International Programme courses are designed to strengthen the expertise and confidence of international teachers, teaching assistants and support professionals in order to ensure the progress and achievement of learners with Dyslexia/SpLD from Elementary/ Primary age through to Adult. In order to participate in the course you should be living outside of the UK and be working with English speaking... (read more)

£290.00 (no VAT on this item) Units and Awards, Sept and Nov 2015, Jan, Mar and May 2016 Book Now!
(Duration: 20-30 hours over 6 weeks)

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