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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 Talk for Writing to Improve Progress in the Foundation Stage Course
BC Education

This course will support teachers to use the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach to develop early reading, writing and communication skills. It will focus on how to: • use a core picture book as a model and a stimulus for purposeful writing opportunities • develop competence and confidence in using the full suite of TfW strategies – to impact upon reading and writing attainment. Delegates will be provided with a PowerPoint hand-out, a CD of resources, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Moving Children to Level 6 in Reading and Writing Course
BC Education

This 2 day course will support teachers in the early assessment and identification of potential Level 6 readers and writers, using data and other on-going assessment information. It will support participants to provide the specific teaching that will help to move Level 5 readers and writers to Level 6. It will also give teachers the confidence and knowledge to differentiate activities to challenge and extend... (read more)

£260.00 + VAT
(Duration: 2 days)

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Course_thumb Getting 'Secondary Ready' - Moving Children to Secure Level 4 in Writing Course
BC Education

In response to requests from Head teachers, this course will support teachers to ensure children are ‘Secondary Ready’ by the end of KS2. Teachers will be supported to develop the skills, understanding and strategies to ensure Secure Level 4 writers. Following the success of the ‘Wizards’ course and the impact that this unit has had on end of KS2 results, this new course will provide... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Moving Children to Level 3 in Writing Course
BC Education

Following the success and popularity of the ‘Level 3 - Biscuit Bear’ course, this is a new Level 3 course with a fresh focus and new book as the key resource. It will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how to assess and identify potential Level 3 writers. The course will support teachers with the skills, knowledge and understanding to secure Level 3 writers. It will give ideas and resources for how to... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Doing the Write Thing in Non-Fiction in Years 5 & 6 Course
BC Education

This course will develop teachers’ understanding of how to teach children to write high quality non-fiction texts for meaningful purposes and audiences. It will develop participants’ understanding of the statutory requirements and raised expectations for writing in the new National Curriculum. The course will support teachers to understand a range of key strategies to ensure raised attainment in writing. It... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Doing the Write Thing in Non-Fiction in Years 3 & 4 Course
BC Education

This course will develop teachers’ understanding of how to teach children to write high quality non-fiction texts for meaningful purposes and audiences. It will develop participants’ understanding of the statutory requirements and raised expectations for writing in the new National Curriculum. The course will support teachers to understand a range of key strategies to ensure raised attainment in writing. It... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Doing the Write Thing in Non-Fiction in Years 1 & 2 Course
BC Education

This course will develop teachers’ understanding of how to teach children to write high quality non-fiction texts for meaningful purposes and audiences. It will develop participants’ understanding of the statutory requirements and raised expectations for writing in the new National Curriculum. The course will support teachers to understand a range of key strategies to ensure raised attainment in writing. It... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Doing the Write Thing in Narrative in Years 5 & 6 Course
BC Education

This course will address key issues which will have an impact on raising attainment in writing. It will develop participants’ understanding of the expectations for writing in the new National Curriculum. It will focus on: • Raising expectations for the teaching of grammar and how to apply this learning into writing whole narratives • How to improve writing skills within a creative and engaging context • How to... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Doing the Write Thing in Narrative in Years 3 & 4 Course
BC Education

This course will address key issues which will have an impact on raising attainment in writing. It will develop participants’ understanding of the expectations for writing in the new National Curriculum. It will focus on: • Raising expectations for the teaching of grammar and how to apply this learning into writing whole narratives • How to improve writing skills within a creative and engaging context • How to... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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Course_thumb Doing the Write Thing in Narrative in Years 1 & 2 Course
BC Education

This course will address key issues which will have an impact on raising attainment in writing. It will develop participants’ understanding of the expectations for writing in the new National Curriculum. It will focus on: • Raising expectations for the teaching of grammar and how to apply this learning into writing whole narratives • How to improve basic writing skills within a creative and engaging context •... (read more)

£150.00 + VAT
(Duration: 1 day)

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