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10 simple steps to a positive professional learning culture

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 3 June, 2019

Refining teachers skills and practice through continuing professional development (CPD) is a key factor in any school’s success. So, cultivating a positive culture around professional development is essential, but it can be complex.

Here are 10 easy ways to help your school develop a culture where improvements in teaching and learning can thrive.  These tips also support the implementation of the Department for Education’s Standard for teachers’ professional development.


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5 steps for SLT to ensure effective CPD next year

Posted by Edward Williams on 7 May, 2019

As the summer term flies by and we look ahead to the next academic year, now is the time to seriously consider which CPD opportunities are going to be the best options for the future of your school and its staff.

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10 must-read CPD books for teachers and school leaders

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 5 March, 2019

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of professional development books on the market. So, how do you know which ones are worth your time or not? We did some research to find out which books education professionals would recommend, and created this list of 10 books that will inspire, motivate and educate. Take a look…

 

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Teacher wellbeing and CPD, is there a link?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 4 March, 2019

The teaching profession is increasingly associated with stress and burnout. The Engaging Teachers report from National Foundation of Educational Research (2016) found that high teacher workload is associated with poor health and staff feeling undervalued.

The number of teachers seeking support for their mental health via the Education Support Partnerships’ confidential helpline increased by 35 per cent from April 2017 to March 2018.

This is by no means new news, but as we all become more aware of the importance of talking about and addressing mental health, schools are having to take more responsibility for the wellbeing of their staff.


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Training vs professional development - what's the difference and does it matter?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 11 February, 2019

When we think of teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD), it’s often the one-off training courses that first spring to mind. But, as well as single training sessions, the term CPD also covers teaching and learning activities designed to help teachers develop their practice; from research, self-reflection and lesson observations to Lesson Study, feedback and coaching.  

Before we discuss the difference between training and development, and their roles in effective CPD, let’s start by taking a deeper look at what CPD is.

 

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Teachers missing out on vital CPD according to survey

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 1 February, 2019

The vast majority of teachers are facing barriers to accessing essential CPD, a recent survey by the Department for Education (DfE) has revealed.

More than 9 in 10 (91%) teachers have faced barriers preventing them from accessing continuing professional development (CPD). The School Snapshot Survey by the DfE cites the cost of CPD and lack of time as the biggest obstacles.

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