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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 Purposeful Project Based Learning Action Research Programme Course
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Enliven Education(from 16 reviews)

An extended action research programme that supports primary teachers to raise achievement and motivation with the new primary curriculum through cross curricular and real world learning.

£325.00 (no VAT on this item) per person for 1:1 or small group support
£250.00 (no VAT on this item) for additional teachers taking part from the same school and at the same time
£1,200.00 (no VAT on this item) for the programme to be run in-house for up to 10 people
(Duration: Duration: This programme runs either as 3 pm or 4 twilight sessions for up to 12 people or as a series of 5 1:1 or small group meetings. It can extend over 1 term or a full academic year.)

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Course_thumb Teaching a Creative Curriculum with Rigour Course
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Enliven Education(from 16 reviews)

This training can run as a short workshop, a full day or an extended action research programme for individuals or a group. It is suitable for teachers of all kinds who wish to explore how to develop a creative approach to teaching and learning whilst achieving high standards of behaviour and achievement.

£400.00 (no VAT on this item) for a half day workshop
£600.00 (no VAT on this item) for a full day's training
£1,200.00 (no VAT on this item) for extended in-house training and action research for up to 10 participants (or £325 for one to one available online or face to face)
(Duration: a half day; a full day or extended training over a timescale to meet your needs )

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Course_thumb Embedding Good Habits of Learning Workshop Course
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Enliven Education(from 16 reviews)

A short talk followed by workshop activities for teachers of all kinds who wish to explore the kinds of practice that allow students to embed good habits of learning for successful and resilient life long learning.

£285.00 (no VAT on this item) for a short workshop
£600.00 (no VAT on this item) for a full day
(Duration: 1.5 hours to a full day)

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Course_thumb Building Resilient Mindsets Course
(5)

Enliven Education(from 16 reviews)

Our personal and collective mindsets are commonly fixed in ways that leave us less capable of thriving in the fast changing and challenging world of the 21st century. This CPD provides the opportunity for educators of all kinds to explore how we can unlearn the unsustainable thinking that holds us back.

£400.00 (no VAT on this item) for a half day workshop
£600.00 (no VAT on this item) for a full day's training
£1,200.00 (no VAT on this item) for extended in-house training and action research for up to 10 participants (or £325 for one to one available online or face to face)
(Duration: short talks; a half day; a full day or an extended training and action research programme)

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Course_thumb Achieving Top Grades in GCSE MFL Course
Dragonfly Training

Achieving the top grades in MFL at GCSE level requires more than just an ability to memorise language - it requires flair and the capacity to genuinely interact and think on your feet. This day will focus on effective methods to build in during the GCSE course to allow students to build their confidence to truly express themselves creatively and with variety - key facets of achieving top grades.

£260.00 + VAT
£220.00 + VAT When you book 2 courses
£210.00 + VAT When you book 3 courses
(Duration: 9am - 3pm)

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Course_thumb Preparing to Thrive under the New GCSE English Curriculum Course
Dragonfly Training

In September 2015, teachers in England will start to teach a new GCSE English curriculum. The changes range from an increased emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar to the study of the Romantic Poets. This course will explain clearly what these changes mean to classroom teachers and how they can be embedded into Schemes of Work.

£260.00 + VAT
£220.00 + VAT When you book 2 courses
£210.00 + VAT When you book 3 courses
(Duration: 9am - 3pm)

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Course_thumb Using Art to Tackle Poverty and Disadvantaged Learners Course
Dragonfly Training

RAISING THE ASPIRATIONS AND SELF-BELIEF OF STUDENTS OF ALL ABILITIES

£260.00 + VAT
£220.00 + VAT When you book 2 courses
£210.00 + VAT When you book 3 courses
(Duration: 9am - 3pm)

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Course_thumb The Non-Tick Box Guide to Outstanding Teaching Course
Dragonfly Training

This updated course features easy-to-apply ideas for busy teachers who want practical and proven teaching strategies guaranteed to impress any observer. Manageable, high-impact ideas that work across all key stages and ability ranges will be shown via straight-talking advice: no faddy gimmicks, no pseudoscience.

£260.00 + VAT
£220.00 + VAT When you book 2 courses
£210.00 + VAT When you book 3 courses
(Duration: 9am - 3pm)

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Course_thumb Behaviour Management Masterclass Course
Dragonfly Training

This innovative course contains straight-talking, myth-busting, back-to-basics, step-by-step common sense from start to finish. It is a no-holds-barred look at why lessons go wrong and what we can do about it today. Expect an honest appraisal of the strategies that hold us back and an easy-to-apply antidote to the touchy-feely stuff that we all know just doesn’t work! Practical with a capital P and brimming with pragmatism -... (read more)

£260.00 + VAT
£220.00 + VAT When you book 2 courses
£210.00 + VAT When you book 3 courses
(Duration: 9am - 3pm)

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Course_thumb French poetry and fables Course
The Prince's Teaching Institute

Discover diverse authentic sources and develop greater appreciation of the beauty of spoken and written French This day is for you if: You teach French at KS3, 4 or 5 You want to teach beyond the constraints of exam specifications You’d like to expand pupils’ horizons with a range of cultural material You want to stimulate linguistic creativity and experimentation You’d like ideas and resources to take back to school

£195.00 (no VAT on this item)
£145.00 (no VAT on this item) £145 for PTI Schools Programme Members
£75.00 (no VAT on this item) £75 for further places
(Duration: 1 day)

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