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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 Planning for and measuring progression in D&T (02.12.14) Course
The Design and Technology Association

The removal of levels and level descriptions that accompanied previous versions of the National Curriculum programmes of study for D&T means that it is now for schools to decide how they will identify and track pupils’ progression through and between key stages. The D&T Association have been developing a ‘D&T Progression Framework’ to help inform the planning of schemes of work and enable tracking of... (read more)

£20.00 + VAT Member Rate
£30.00 + VAT Non Member Rate
(Duration: 4.30pm-6.30pm)

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Course_thumb Planning for and measuring progression in D&T (19.11.14 Course
The Design and Technology Association

The removal of levels and level descriptions that accompanied previous versions of the National Curriculum programmes of study for D&T means that it is now for schools to decide how they will identify and track pupils’ progression through and between key stages. The D&T Association have been developing a ‘D&T Progression Framework’ to help inform the planning of schemes of work and enable tracking of... (read more)

£20.00 + VAT Member Rate
£30.00 + VAT Non Member Rate
(Duration: 4.30pm-6.00pm)

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Course_thumb Planning for and measuring progression in D&T (27.11.14) Course
The Design and Technology Association

The removal of levels and level descriptions that accompanied previous versions of the National Curriculum programmes of study for D&T means that it is now for schools to decide how they will identify and track pupils’ progression through and between key stages. The D&T Association have been developing a ‘D&T Progression Framework’ to help inform the planning of schemes of work and enable tracking of... (read more)

£20.00 + VAT Member Rate
£30.00 + VAT Non Member Rate
(Duration: 4.30pm-6.00pm)

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Thumb Integrate & Evidence Outstanding Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development Course
Optimus Education(from 1 review)

The definitive event to move SMSC development in your school to Outstanding. Leave with practical strategies to evidence impact, gain staff buy-in, and create a whole-school vision that embodies SMSC.

£299.00 + VAT Primary standard rate - Get £30 off this when booked before 30.01.15
£379.00 + VAT Secondary standard rate - Get £30 off this when booked before 30.01.15
£429.00 + VAT LA standard rate - Get £30 off this when booked before 30.01.15
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Governors: Options for Working Collaboratively Course
National Governors' Association

The purpose of this session is to inform governors about the options available to them when considering working with other schools and to discuss the benefits and challenges.

(Duration: 2/3 hours)

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Course_thumb Governors: Asking Challenging Questions and Holding Courageous Conversations Course
National Governors' Association

The purpose of this session is to develop governors' skills in holding the school to account for its performance.

(Duration: 2 hours)

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Course_thumb Governors: Staff Appraisal and Performance Management Course
National Governors' Association

The purpose of this session is to increase governors' knowledge and awareness of staff appraisal and how staff are performance managed in schools.

(Duration: 2 hours)

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Course_thumb Governance Health Check Course
National Governors' Association

The purpose of a governance health check is to work with a governing body to determine whether it is operating efficiently and effectively.

(Duration: 3 hours)

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Course_thumb Academy Governance  Course
National Governors' Association

The purpose of this session is to ensure that academy governors are aware of and fully understand their role and responsibilities.

(Duration: 2 hours)

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Course_thumb Governors: Creating a New Vision Course
National Governors' Association

The purpose of the session is for the governing board and senior leadership team to start the process of developing a new vision for their school.

(Duration: 3 hours)

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