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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 Biomimicry to promote creativity  Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training session and resource addresses ways in which design can be taught in the classroom using biomimicry. Biomimicry is one way of problem solving and generating innovative design ideas or systems and can be used in conjunction with many other design activities. It provides teachers with an industrial context and examples of the use of biomimicry in textiles, product design, engineering, food packaging and food production.

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

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Course_thumb Using Biomimicry to promote creativity  Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training session and resource addresses ways in which design can be taught in the classroom using biomimicry. Biomimicry is one way of problem solving and generating innovative design ideas or systems and can be used in conjunction with many other design activities. It provides teachers with an industrial context and examples of the use of biomimicry in textiles, product design, engineering, food packaging and food production.

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

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Course_thumb Using Biomimicry to promote creativity  Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training session and resource addresses ways in which design can be taught in the classroom using biomimicry. Biomimicry is one way of problem solving and generating innovative design ideas or systems and can be used in conjunction with many other design activities. It provides teachers with an industrial context and examples of the use of biomimicry in textiles, product design, engineering, food packaging and food production.

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

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Course_thumb Using Biomimicry to promote creativity  Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training session and resource addresses ways in which design can be taught in the classroom using biomimicry. Biomimicry is one way of problem solving and generating innovative design ideas or systems and can be used in conjunction with many other design activities. It provides teachers with an industrial context and examples of the use of biomimicry in textiles, product design, engineering, food packaging and food production.

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

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Course_thumb Using Biomimicry to promote creativity  Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training session and resource addresses ways in which design can be taught in the classroom using biomimicry. Biomimicry is one way of problem solving and generating innovative design ideas or systems and can be used in conjunction with many other design activities. It provides teachers with an industrial context and examples of the use of biomimicry in textiles, product design, engineering, food packaging and food production.

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

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Course_thumb Using Biomimicry to promote creativity  Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training session and resource addresses ways in which design can be taught in the classroom using biomimicry. Biomimicry is one way of problem solving and generating innovative design ideas or systems and can be used in conjunction with many other design activities. It provides teachers with an industrial context and examples of the use of biomimicry in textiles, product design, engineering, food packaging and food production.

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

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Course_thumb Developing iterative design processes Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training event and resource looks to explore how Iterative Design (ID) has been used in industry and how we, as design and technology teachers can use a similar process to improve the quality of our students' work, particularly in the development section of a 'design portfolio'. Iterative design is designing but more specifically, understanding what one is designing through actually creating it. Alistair... (read more)

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

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Course_thumb Developing iterative design processes Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training event and resource looks to explore how Iterative Design (ID) has been used in industry and how we, as design and technology teachers can use a similar process to improve the quality of our students' work, particularly in the development section of a 'design portfolio'. Iterative design is designing but more specifically, understanding what one is designing through actually creating it. Alistair... (read more)

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

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Course_thumb Developing iterative design processes Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training event and resource looks to explore how Iterative Design (ID) has been used in industry and how we, as design and technology teachers can use a similar process to improve the quality of our students' work, particularly in the development section of a 'design portfolio'. Iterative design is designing but more specifically, understanding what one is designing through actually creating it. Alistair... (read more)

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

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Course_thumb Developing iterative design processes Course
The Design and Technology Association

This branch training event and resource looks to explore how Iterative Design (ID) has been used in industry and how we, as design and technology teachers can use a similar process to improve the quality of our students' work, particularly in the development section of a 'design portfolio'. Iterative design is designing but more specifically, understanding what one is designing through actually creating it. Alistair... (read more)

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

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