Exploring what matters

Exploring what matters

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Is your school ready for the next generation of teacher PD?

Posted by Graham Newell on 24 September, 2020


Summary of the EEF report on Remote PD

“School professionals can gain knowledge and skills from remote PD, ultimately leading to gains in pupil outcomes” (EEF, August, 2020)

Professional Development has been an unfortunate casualty of the current crisis with the Education Endowment Foundation acknowledging that the Covid-19 pandemic has made traditional PD exceptionally difficult to deliver. Alongside Durham University, the EEF undertook a rapid evidence assessment aimed at summarising the efficacy of remote professional development and reviewed evidence into fully remote and blended approaches to PD. 

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Putting Evidence to Work - An Implementation Guide for Schools

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 1 March, 2018

As a school leader you are undoubtedly always striving to improve your school and do better for your learners. In doing so, you more than likely work hard to adopt and embed new strategies that encourage teachers to try new things and learn from their experiences.

But, do you ever stop to think about how you introduce new ideas? Or how you manage the changes that come from adopting new strategies, in order to maximise their chances of success?

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The value of action research: Broadening evidence base for teachers

Posted by Owen Carter on 9 September, 2016

The DfE standard for teachers’ professional development couldn’t make it much clearer: high quality professional development is as complex as high-quality teaching. Great CPD ‘requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other’.

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6 ways to encourage teachers to become researchers

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 1 December, 2015

Teacher research is a powerful tool for professional learning. It has the potential to enhance and improve teaching and learning as well as increase teachers’ motivation and boost confidence (read about one teacher’s experience here).

It can also give teachers an added feeling of professional autonomy because, unlike conventional training courses, it’s driven and conducted by teachers themselves. The National Education  Association list various other benefits here.

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John Hattie research: what works best in education?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 15 July, 2015

How do we increase the expertise of all teachers?

This is the key question addressed by renowned education expert, John Hattie, in his new report: ‘What Works Best in Education: the Politics of Collaborative Expertise’. 

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John Hattie: 10 myths about student achievement

Posted by Rosie Neill on 12 January, 2015
John Hattie’s 15 year meta-analysis of over ¼ of a billion students worldwide has enabled him to identify what really aids student achievement. In an interview with Sarah Montague for BBC Radio 4, he dispels some popular myths about what does and doesn't matter in your school.
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