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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 Implementing the New AQA A-Level History Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

Identify opportunities for positive changes within your A-Level teaching (relevant for AQA)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Implementing the New OCR Chemistry A-Level Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

Ensure that you are fully prepared for the upcoming changes to the OCR A-Level Chemistry specification (relevant for OCR)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Implementing the New AQA Chemistry A-Level Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

Gain a deeper understanding of the new A-Level reforms (relevant for AQA)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Practical Skills Workshop for the New A-Level Biology Course
Philip Allan Events

Increase your confidence with preparing students for practical work, endorsement and assessment (relevant for AQA and OCR)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Implementing the New Edexcel Biology A-Level Specification Course
Philip Allan Events

Are you fully prepared for the upcoming changes to the Edexcel A-Level Biology specification? (relevant for Edexcel)

£245.00 + VAT
(Duration: Full Day)

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Course_thumb Implementing the New AQA A-Level Biology Specification Course
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Are you fully prepared for the upcoming changes to the AQA A-Level Biology specification? (relevant for AQA)

£245.00 + VAT
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Course_thumb Getting the Learning Right 23rd June 2015 London Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Getting the Learning Right. A Joint Independent Thinking and IAPS Conference. If a school isn’t about teaching and learning then what is it about? At a time when there is so much pressure on us all to tick boxes, cover the curriculum and chase those test results, we can sometimes lose sight of what schools should be about – creating rich and exciting learning experiences that engage all young people. To... (read more)

£195.00 + VAT Per Delegate
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Emotional Wellbeing Conference 8th May 2015 London  Course
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Emotional Wellbeing Conference. A Joint Independent Thinking and IAPS Conference. This conference is open to schools of all classifications and age range. A series of outstanding inputs will explore areas such as emotional intelligence, values, coaching and self-talk. This important event is designed to be interactive, thought provoking and enjoyable as well as give practical, workable strategies and... (read more)

£195.00 + VAT Per Delegate
(Duration: 1 Day)

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Course_thumb Developing computational thinking and programming in key stage 2 Course
onefourseven

The national curriculum for computing requires all primary teachers to spend a significant amount of subject time on the teaching of computer science knowledge, skills and understanding. Programming and logical reasoning feature throughout and all key stage 2 teachers are now expected to be familiar with programming languages in order to teach children to design, write and debug programs, for... (read more)

£175.00 + VAT
Free to onefourseven member schools
(Duration: 09.30 to 15.30)

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Course_thumb Getting started with programming and coding in key stage 2 Course
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Part of the computing curriculum that presents challenges for many teachers is how to teach children to use computers for computer science and programming, sometimes referred to as coding. Nevertheless, computer science is fundamental to the computing programmes of study and the importance of teaching programming has a much greater role to play in the new computing curriculum. This course is... (read more)

£175.00 + VAT
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(Duration: 9.30 to 15.30)

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