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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 Exscitec Course
Exscitec

14th April 2015 (16:30 - 18:30)

Fully funded by London Schools Excellence Fund

Reaching Further - Walking Tall - bioengineering the human body at Burntwood School SW17 0AQ

A subject-specialist training workshop aimed at Key Stage 5 teachers, NQT's or teachers in their first three years of teaching

(Duration: 2 hrs)

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Thumb Numeracy Across the Curriculum Course
Assetteach

Embedding the teaching of numeracy across the curriculum in subjects including Science, History and Computing.

£20.00 (no VAT on this item) Attendee
(Duration: 1 hour)

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Course_thumb Making Space for Creativity Course
INK Education

Planning for creativity and independent thinking across the curriculum

£195.00 + VAT
£175.00 + VAT for 3 or more members
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Character Development in Schools Course
INK Education

A structured programme for building character and raising academic standards. Hosted by Andrew Hammond.

£195.00 + VAT
£175.00 + VAT for 3 or more members
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Making Maths Magical: Building enjoyment and success into Primary Maths Course
INK Education

Building enjoyment and success into Primary Maths. Hosted by Andrew Jeffrey, 'The Mathemagician' - rated as one of the UK's top maths trainers for primary schools.

£195.00 + VAT
£175.00 + VAT for 3 or more members
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Evidence based practice in the primary classroom Course
The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance

Professor Steve Higgins, University of Durham, is one of the authors of the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit. He has an interest in developing understanding of effective use of research evidence for policy and practice.

£130.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-alliance members
£90.00 (no VAT on this item) Alliance members
(Duration: 3 Hours)

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Course_thumb Assessment Without Levels Course
The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance

This conference will provide an opportunity to consider the positive impact of formative assessment as part of a pedagogical approach that fosters independence, engagement and intrinsic motivation to learn.

£150.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-alliance members
£110.00 (no VAT on this item) Alliance members
(Duration: 4.5 Hours)

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Course_thumb 'Running schools for children' Course
The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance

Mary Myatt is a lead inspector for Ofsted, an adviser, writer and Osiris trainer, who supports schools to think imaginatively about learners’ progress. A former LA adviser, she works in schools talking to students, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum.

£130.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-alliance members
£90.00 (no VAT on this item) Alliance members
(Duration: 3 Hours)

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Course_thumb NQT - Moving Forward Course
The Wroxham Transformative Learning Alliance

This half-day session is designed to help newly qualified colleagues who are about to enter their second year of teaching to reflect on the successes of their NQT year.

£90.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-alliance members
£70.00 (no VAT on this item) Alliance members
(Duration: 2.5 Hours)

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