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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 Using Games with Children Course
Place2Be

Explore the use of games through practice and discussion, and gain skills to use them in a variety of settings with children of all ages.

£145.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Partnerships with Parents Course
Place2Be

This one day workshop focuses on developing a better understanding of the needs of parents and explores strategies for effectively building parental relationships for sustained working together.

£145.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Resilience - Wellbeing without Words Course
Place2Be

This one day workshop focuses on building resilience with young people through mediums other than speech. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of behaviour through the exploration of mental health, attachment theory and communication skills such as creative listening.

£145.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb The Talented Teacher Programme Course
Place2Be

The Talented Teacher Programme supports participants in applying their Teacher Training knowledge, facilitating reflective practice and enhancing their own wellbeing as practitioners.

(Duration: 4 half day training workshops, supported by small group Place2Think consultation sessions (1.5hrs))

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Course_thumb Teaching French to Young Learners Course
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Smalltalk Languages(from 3 reviews)

This course is aimed at nursery/primary staff who are currently introducing French into their early years/primary curriculum or intend to do so. Suitable for both complete beginners and people with prior knowledge of the language, the main focus of the course will be on language learning and practical methodology.

£110.00 (no VAT on this item)
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Team Teach Course
New Directions

Provides training for child and adult services in positive behavioural strategies, designed to reduce anxiety, risk and restraint.

£110.00 + VAT see website for dates
£90.00 + VAT 6 or more
(Duration: 2 days)

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Course_thumb Safeguarding Level 1 Course
New Directions

Safeguarding children and young adults is a critical aspect of all roles that are involved with children and young adults.

(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb History New Teacher Subject Days - 2014/15, Cambridge Course
The Prince's Teaching Institute

A course of 6 Saturdays, spaced throughout the year, for school-based History Teacher Trainees (e.g. School Direct, TeachFirst), Newly Qualified Teachers, Second and Third Year Teachers. In depth lectures by eminent academics are complemented by teacher-led workshops with practical advice and resource sharing.

£200.00 (no VAT on this item) Participants are eligible to apply for 30 Master's-level credits from The University of Warwick
Free Travel bursaries are available to all participants who complete the course. The value of the bursary will vary based on the region that the participant's school is located and the venue of the course.
(Duration: 6 Saturdays, spaced throughout the year)

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Course_thumb English B New Teacher Subject Days - 2014/15, Cambridge Course
The Prince's Teaching Institute

A course of 6 Saturdays, spaced throughout the year, for school-based English Teacher Trainees (e.g. School Direct, TeachFirst), Newly Qualified Teachers, Second and Third Year Teachers. In depth lectures by eminent academics are complemented by teacher-led workshops with practical advice and resource sharing.

£200.00 (no VAT on this item) Participants are eligible to apply for 30 Master's-level credits from The University of Warwick
Free Travel bursaries are available to all participants who complete the course. The value of the bursary will vary based on the region that the participant's school is located and the venue of the course.
(Duration: 6 Saturdays, spaced throughout the year)

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Course_thumb Mathematics New Teacher Subject Days - 2014/15, Cambridge Course
The Prince's Teaching Institute

A course of 6 Saturdays, spaced throughout the year, for school-based Mathematics Teacher Trainees (e.g. School Direct, TeachFirst), Newly Qualified Teachers, Second and Third Year Teachers. In depth lectures by eminent academics are complemented by teacher-led workshops with practical advice and resource sharing.

£200.00 (no VAT on this item) Participants are eligible to apply for 30 Master's-level credits from The University of Warwick
Free Travel bursaries are available to all participants who complete the course. The value of the bursary will vary based on the region that the participant's school is located and the venue of the course.
(Duration: 6 Saturdays, spaced throughout the year)

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