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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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Inspire Maths Introductory Workshops: The Singapore Approach to Teaching Mathematics Course
Oxford University Press

Our introductory workshops provide an opportunity for new users to discover the value of the Singapore Approach to Teaching Mathematics and the potential of the Inspire Maths School Improvement programme to support your school.

Free Introductory Workshop: 1 day, 1 place Free (Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Clerk as Adviser (Clerk to Governors) Course
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C2G Training(from 2 reviews)

Legislation states that the governing body "must have regard to advice from the clerk as to the nature of the governing body’s functions.” (The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013) As an outcome of this session, Clerks to Governors will understand how they can support their governing body confidently and appropriately, will know where to find relevant information and will... (read more)

£350.00 (no VAT on this item) per group. Max group size 25. Cost per participant - from c.£15
(Duration: 3 hours)

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Inspire Maths School Improvement: Central Training Course
Oxford University Press

Teachers will be fully supported to ensure the most effective implementation of the Inspire Maths School Improvement programme, transforming the teaching and learning of mathematics in their school.

£1,600.00 + VAT Central Training: 5 days, 2 places
£850.00 + VAT Central Training: 5 days, 1 additional place
(Duration: 5 days)

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Inspire Maths School Improvement: INSET Training Course
Oxford University Press

Teachers will be fully supported to ensure the most effective implementation of the Inspire Maths School Improvement programme, transforming the teaching and learning of mathematics in their school.

£5,000.00 + VAT 5 days, 30 places maximum
(Duration: 5 days)

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Course_thumb Transforming Learning Workshop Course
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Family Links(from 2 reviews)

This one day training introduces the key principles and activities of the Nurturing Programme. The Programme provides a whole-school approach to creating a calm, kind respectful school community, encourage positive relationships and prevent bullying. The core concept of the Nurturing Programme is that all behaviour has a reason and is driven by our feelings. By enabling adults and children to understand and manage their own... (read more)

£250.00 (no VAT on this item) per attendee
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb The Governors' Monitoring Role Course
C2G Training(from 2 reviews)

The Governors Handbook sets out that one of the three key duties of the governing body is holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff. Governors need to reassure themselves that their school is effective and efficient in what it does. However, governors cannot rely purely on what they are told by the head. They need to monitor and... (read more)

£250.00 (no VAT on this item) per group or governing body. Maximum size 25. Cost per participant: from £10
(Duration: Two hours)

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Course_thumb New Governor Induction Day Course
C2G Training(from 2 reviews)

A one-day introduction to the role of the governing body, the statutory duties and responsibilities, the work of committees and governors with special responsibilities, and the expectations of Ofsted around governance. Aimed at newly appointed governors or a whole governing body seeking a refresher course.

£450.00 (no VAT on this item) per group. Maximum group size 25. From £18 per participant.
(Duration: 6 hours)

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Course_thumb Governors' Roles and Responsibilities Course
C2G Training(from 2 reviews)

Governors will feel more confident in undertaking their role, and will have a focus on the outcomes for pupils. They will know the three key roles of the governing body, will be clear about the difference between the strategic and operational responsibilities of the school leadership, and will understand the importance to Ofsted judgements of evidenced challenge and support by the GB. This course is designed for an... (read more)

£250.00 (no VAT on this item) per governing body (around £25 per delegate)
(Duration: 2 hours)

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Course_thumb The role of the staff governor Course
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C2G Training(from 2 reviews)

A fast-track introduction to the work of the governing body, the statutory duties and responsibilities, the membership of the GB, protocols and pitfalls. Aimed at newly appointed staff governors, and aspiring heads and deputies who have not previously attended governing body meetings, or who wish to be updated on recent and forthcoming changes to legislation around governance. Example review: "Impact: The course was... (read more)

£250.00 (no VAT on this item) per group. Max group size 25. Cost per participant - from £10
(Duration: Two hours)

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Business Management Course Course
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Dev School(from 1 review)

This is a short term course

£29.00 + VAT
£19.00 + VAT
£30.00 + VAT
(Duration: 6 weeks)

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