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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 An Introduction to Musical Futures: Manchester Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Course_thumb An Introduction to Musical Futures: Forest Hill, London Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Course_thumb An Introduction to Musical Futures: Yorkshire Course
Musical Futures

This introductory course will provide practical suggestions, ideas, guidance and resources to enable you to begin Musical Futures in your classroom.

Free (Duration: 1 day course)

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Course_thumb Sorting Out Behaviour Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Sorting Out Behaviour - How to build an effective whole-school approach to behaviour from the top down. Rather than looking at behaviour from the perspective of the classroom, head teacher Jeremy Rowe looks at this important topic from the perspective of the school leader. In a straight-forward, down-to-earth and pragmatic style, this course will ask you to examine specific school-based scenarios and explore ways in which solutions... (read more)

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Course_thumb The Chasm Course
Independent Thinking Limited

The Chasm - Helping Children make the Leap from Primary to Secondary (and what to do when we let them fall). A practical guide to improving transition for all by working more creatively and collaboratively between schools and across your community. In 2009 education guru David Hargreaves said that transition was education's biggest unresolved issue. Five years on, we suggest, it still is. With so much pressure on schools to address countless other... (read more)

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Course_thumb Primary Mathematics for Primary Teachers Scared of Primary Mathematics Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Primary Mathematics for Primary Teachers Scared of Primary Mathematics. How to overcome your fear of maths to deliver lessons that make maths sparkle. In this practical and hands-on course, primary maths specialist Nick Tiley-Nunn will share with you his proven and winning formula for outstanding primary mathematics. You will leave the course fully enthused and ready to transform... (read more)

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Course_thumb Primary Mathematics for Primary Teachers Scared of Primary Mathematics Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Primary Mathematics for Primary Teachers Scared of Primary Mathematics. How to overcome your fear of maths to deliver lessons that make maths sparkle. In this practical and hands-on course, primary maths specialist Nick Tiley-Nunn will share with you his proven and winning formula for outstanding primary mathematics. You will leave the course fully enthused and ready to transform... (read more)

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Course_thumb The Trivium Course
Independent Thinking Limited

The Trivium. Rethinking Independent Learning. We can better prepare children for the future by better understanding the lessons we can all learn from the past. The battle for what education is all about has been raging for millennia. By understanding the educational pendulum we can design the best possible classroom opportunities for our learners – and not be at the mercy of the next big swing. Drawing on his experience as an outstanding... (read more)

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Course_thumb How to Teach Without Losing Your Soul Course
Independent Thinking Limited

How to Teach Without Losing Your Soul. How to ensure you’re the teacher you always wanted to be – and stay that way - despite everything. It can be difficult to stay true to the teacher you once wanted to be. You went into the profession to excite and inspire yet, in today’s system, children's emotions and feelings are practically irrelevant. But you can teach in ways that are emotionally engaging and produce results and... (read more)

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Course_thumb Lessons Worth Behaving For Course
Independent Thinking Limited

Lessons Worth Behaving For. How to plan and deliver outstanding active lessons that motivate and engage all learners – and silence the elephants in the room. You can try and make children behave or you can plan wonderfully creative, effective lessons in which children simply learn – despite themselves. This is the secret behind Hywel’s award-winning Oops! book and one that he shares with teachers of all phases and backgrounds in... (read more)

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