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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 The TA as a Learning Coach 2nd December 2014 Manchester Course
Independent Thinking Limited

The TA as a Learning Coach - training your pupils to be Resilient Learners. The complete guide to making the most of teaching assistants in order to bring the best out of all learners. A well-trained, carefully employed teaching assistant can mean all the difference between success and failure in the classroom for many learners. A poorly trained, badly employed one is simply an unqualified person... (read more)

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Course_thumb The TA as a Learning Coach 30th September 2014 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

The TA as a Learning Coach - training your pupils to be Resilient Learners. The complete guide to making the most of teaching assistants in order to bring the best out of all learners. A well-trained, carefully employed teaching assistant can mean all the difference between success and failure in the classroom for many learners. A poorly trained, badly employed one is simply an unqualified person sitting... (read more)

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Course_thumb The Secret Neuroscience of Learning 7th October 2014 Manchester Course
Independent Thinking Limited

The Secret Neuroscience of Learning – What Every Teacher Should Know. Bring the best out of all your learners with a better understanding of the relationship between teaching, learning and the human brain. Teaching happens in your classroom. Learning happens in their brain. The more you know about how one interacts with the other, the better both will become. This is at the heart of Andrew's... (read more)

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Course_thumb Knowing Me; Knowing You 4th November 2014 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Knowing Me; Knowing you Using Personality Trait Models to Significantly Improve Motivation, Engagement and Learning. A practical, insightful, inspiring and classroom focused day designed to help you get the very best out of all your learners. Good teachers know that success in the classroom grows out of building great relationships. The better your understanding of yourself and others, the better those... (read more)

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Course_thumb You Look Fine To Me 9th October 2014 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

You Look Fine To Me! How schools can actively and effectively address mental health issues to support both young people and adults in the school community – and overcome stigma in the process. Mental and emotional illness in our schools is such a taboo subject that many fear talking or even thinking about it. Which only makes things worse. This powerful but mindful day-course pulls no punches as it helps you... (read more)

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Course_thumb You Look Fine To Me 14th October 2014 Leeds Course
Independent Thinking Limited

You Look Fine To Me! How schools can actively and effectively address mental health issues to support both young people and adults in the school community – and overcome stigma in the process. Mental and emotional illness in our schools is such a taboo subject that many fear talking or even thinking about it. Which only makes things worse. This powerful but mindful day-course pulls no punches as it helps you... (read more)

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Course_thumb Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Think, Get 'Em Learning 10th October 2014 Manchester Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Think, Get ‘Em Learning. How the science and practice of humour can be used as a tool to engage and motivate all. If threats and bribes are no longer working then this very different day-course is for you. Tapping into neuroscience, psychology, motivation, the science of humour and the tips and tricks of stand-up comedy, this course will help you understand the... (read more)

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Course_thumb Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Think, Get 'Em Learning 14th October 2014 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Make ‘Em Laugh, Make ‘Em Think, Get ‘Em Learning. How the science and practice of humour can be used as a tool to engage and motivate all. If threats and bribes are no longer working then this very different day-course is for you. Tapping into neuroscience, psychology, motivation, the science of humour and the tips and tricks of stand-up comedy, this course will help you understand the... (read more)

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Course_thumb Super Hero Training School 21st October 2014 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Superhero Training School - Staff Wanted. Make learning engaging, relevant and effective by building a 21st century curriculum designed to help children save the world. To discover which superheroes will save the world from global warming, civil conflict and what happens when the oil runs out, look no further than your classroom. But we must play our part – providing all children with rich and relevant... (read more)

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Course_thumb The Emotionally Resilient Teacher 1st October 2014 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

The Emotionally Resilient Teacher - Because It’s Tough Out There. Everything every teacher and school leader needs to move themselves and others from ‘coping’ to ‘excelling’ in trying times. It’s not so much the events you experience but your experience of the events that decides whether you sink or swim. The difference between those who cope, those who thrive and those who drown has nothing to do... (read more)

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