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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 Drive for Literacy Resource
Driver Trust

Dyslexia, affecting up to 1 in 10 children, is often misunderstood and sidelined in many of our schools. Chances are you know someone with dyslexia, but what you may not realise is that 1 in 4 children fail to master the basics of writing at the end of primary school and for reading this is 1 in 9, having a life long impact for some. We empower whole school teams to recognise, understand, teach and support pupils with literacy... (read more)

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Course_thumb Moving towards algebra in the primary school Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Moving towards algebra in the primary school: From pattern-seeking to generalisation. In the revised National Curriculum, algebra is explicitly included in the programme of study for Year 6, however algebraic thinking can be developed throughout the primary school. This course will help schools identify practical, engaging activities that can be used to develop children’s early algebraic thinking. It is aimed at... (read more)

(Duration: 4 hours, ideally 2x 2 hour sessions)

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Course_thumb How to say ‘no’: Drama workshop for Primary and/or Secondary School students Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

One of a series of drama workshops to address the issues that some students face. This half-day workshop explores situations which put young people under pressure to do something they do not wish to through role play and forum theatre.

(Duration: One half day)

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Course_thumb Team Teach 6 Hour Foundation Course [for Oxfordshire Primary Schools] Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

This TEAM TEACH 6-hour foundation course is aimed at staff working in a mainstream Primary School in Oxfordshire where TEAM TEACH training has already been delivered It is aimed at those who have either missed their own school’s training, are a new member of staff to the school or whose current TEAM TEACH certificate has expired.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1 x 6 hour session)

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Course_thumb Dealing with Bullying Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Drama workshop for students

(Duration: Tailored to suit the needs of your school.)

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Course_thumb Putting problem-solving at the heart of the mathematics curriculum Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

The aims of the new National Curriculum for mathematics require that all children can reason mathematically and solve problems. This course will help you ensure that you integrate opportunities to develop these skills into every mathematics lesson.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) For OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour session)

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Course_thumb Effective use of iPads in Primary Schools Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Presentation and discussion of activities and ideas for the development of effective iPad use in primary schools. This will include an overview of a suite of useful iPad apps with discussion and evaluation of learning impact. There will also be an opportunity to discuss some practical implications of implementing iPads. The material for this session will also include a case study of successful primary classroom practice.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) For Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hours)

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Course_thumb Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation - Making it Meaningful Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

This one-day course will help develop teachers’ subject knowledge and confidence in teaching spelling, grammar and punctuation. Explicit teaching of spelling is key in developing a range of strategies for children to draw on and approaches to this will be explored. Grammar and punctuation are taught most effectively within the context of reading and writing and the course will focus on how to achieve this... (read more)

£150.00 (no VAT on this item)
£135.00 (no VAT on this item) for Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 6 hour session)

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Course_thumb Phonics and Early Reading: Principles and Practice Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

This course will provide a range of active and enjoyable classroom approaches and activities to support phonics learning. Clear guidance for the provision of a systematic, synthetic phonics programme following the pace and progression of Letters and Sounds will be given. Participants’ subject knowledge will be strengthened with the aim of developing their overall confidence in teaching phonics. Consideration... (read more)

£150.00 (no VAT on this item)
£135.00 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 6 -hour session)

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Course_thumb Supporting and Developing Children as Writers Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Course members will explore ways to develop effective classroom contexts and routines which will enthuse and support children as writers and raise achievement. The course will examine aspects of the classroom literacy environment and key routines for writing. We will look closely at the important contribution made by quality texts and the use of playful and creative approaches in preparing for writing.

£150.00 (no VAT on this item)
£135.00 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1x 6-hour session)

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