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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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Thumb Coaching & Reflecting Pocketbook Resource
Teachers' Pocketbooks(from 5 reviews)

Skills and strategies for improving performance and raising attainment at every level in school.

£8.99 (no VAT on this item)

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Course_thumb Primary NQT Training Programme Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

A series of 7 sessions focussed on the specific needs of newly qualified teachers, including on going discussion of professional development in the first year of teaching.

£400.00 (no VAT on this item)
£350.00 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership and OTSA schools
(Duration: September 2014 to April 2015)

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Course_thumb Using PE and School Sport as a catalyst for learning across the whole school Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

How to use the PE/Sport Premium Funding to meet whole school development plan objectives. PSHE and SMCS elements will be explored as well as how we may use PE/Sport as a tool for improvement across the school

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour theory session)

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Course_thumb Foundation PE Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Exploring the Early Learning Goals through Physical Activity and Fundamentals of Movement.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour gym session)

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Course_thumb Inclusion in Physical Education and School Sport Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Learn how to fully include all young people with physical, learning and/or sensory needs in Physical Education and School Sport.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour gym session)

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Course_thumb KS2 Gymnastic Activities Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

An opportunity to develop your ability to teach gymnastics using apparatus and how to include those with a SEN/D or those that are more able.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour gym session)

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Course_thumb KS1 Gymnastic Activities Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

An opportunity to develop your ability to teach gymnastics using apparatus and how to include those with a SEN/D or those that are more able.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership Schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour gym session)

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Course_thumb KS1 Dance and Movement Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Creating and performing dance using simple movement patterns, including those from different times and cultures. Expressing and communicating ideas and feelings through movement.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour gym session)

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Course_thumb KS2 Dance Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Creating and performing using a range of movement patterns, including those from different times, places and cultures. How to choreograph and be fully inclusive of different genders and those with a SEN/D.

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 hour gym session)

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Course_thumb KS2 Active, Fit and Healthy Course
Oxford Brookes University - Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development

Encourage Healthy Active Lifestyles in and out of school. This workshop will include: Change For Life ideas, Circuits, Exercise To Music, Wake and Shake in French and much more!

£75.00 (no VAT on this item)
£67.50 (no VAT on this item) for OBU Partnership schools
(Duration: 1 x 3 gym session)

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