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How to choose the right CPD provision and provider

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 22 August, 2018

Investing in CPD in general is unlikely to dramatically improve a school nor provide value for money. As a school leader, you need to make informed decisions to invest in professional learning that is tailored to your schools and teachers’ needs. But where do you start?

Before exploring the CPD opportunities on offer, it’s important to first establish the type of CPD provision you need, because different skills gaps will require different learning formats.

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10 Inspiring Summer Reads for Teachers

Posted by Morgan Stacey on 3 July, 2018

 Summer is on its way which means one thing - barbecues, beaches and books by the pool.

The holidays are a great opportunity to grow and learn as an educator, but choosing the right books is essential. So, whether you’re on the hunt for inspiring reads that demonstrate concepts and strategies for engaging lessons, or you’re struggling with behaviour management and need new ways to motivate students, we’ve got it covered. 

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What I learned from recording my teaching practice

Posted by David Rogers on 8 May, 2018

Guest blog from David Rogers, a multi-award winning geography teacher and Deputy Headteacher at Focus Learning Trust, Hindhead. Find him at david.rogers.blog and @davidErogers

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10 steps to getting results from your ISSP

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 19 September, 2017

The improvements to professional practice that ISSPs can make are impressive. But they aren't guaranteed. Unless your school has the necessary culture to allow them to thrive, you won't see such dramatic improvements. Below is a checklist of steps that you can take in order to make the most your ISSP.

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