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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 An Introduction to Musical Futures: Nottingham Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Course_thumb An Introduction to Musical Futures: Sussex Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Course_thumb An Introduction to Musical Futures: Kent Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Course_thumb An Introduction to Musical Futures: Bethnal Green, London Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Creating a real life primary curriculum with global citizenship Course
Oxfam Education

A workshop to help you identify opportunities for global citizenship across the curriculum, enabling pupils to engage with real world issues. A follow-up session is available to help you plan lessons and activities using Oxfam resources.

£450.00 + VAT for primary schools
(Duration: We can adapt the length to your needs on all our bespoke CPD courses.)

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Course_thumb Teaching geography through enquiry in the new National Curriculum (London) Course
Geographical Association

The 2014 National Curriculum states ‘A high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world’. This one-day course focuses on how enquiry-based approaches to learning can be developed in the geography classroom to inspire your students. The course will help in planning for the new geography National Curriculum and the ideas can also be... (read more)

£190.00 (no VAT on this item) GA members
£294.00 (no VAT on this item) GA members with the New Member Package
£320.00 (no VAT on this item) Non-members
(Duration: One day event)

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Defining your global citizenship ethos Course
Oxfam Education

A workshop to help you identify which aspects of global citizenship pupils, teachers, parents, governors and your local community feel most passionately about. We can then help you reflect your findings in your school ethos.

£450.00 + VAT Primary Schools
£550.00 + VAT Secondary Schools
(Duration: Bespoke CPD sessions can be adapted to your needs.)

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Course_thumb The Exciting New (2015) OCR A-Level Sociology Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

The New and the Old: What's changed? What's stayed the same? (relevant for OCR)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Preparing for the New 2015 AQA A-Level Sociology Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

Gain an insight into the new AQA specification and explore delivery ideas for teaching the linear course (relevant for AQA)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Masterclass: Inspiring Approaches for Teaching Particle-, Quantum- and Astrophysics for A-Level Course
Philip Allan Events

Keep your own subject knowledge up-to-date with ideas and demonstrations drawn from Particle-, Quantum- and Astrophysics (relevant for all A-Level and IB Physics teachers)

£289.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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