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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Do schools give the best learning opportunities to their pupils whilst denying the same to their teachers? Find out why courses and conferences may be a waste of time and money when it comes to quality continuing professional development. And if this is the case, what alternatives do we have?
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KEY IDEAS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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KEY IDEAS ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT An Article introducing Professional Learning.

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: CPD

Nothing has promised so much and has been so frustratingly wasteful as thousands of workshops and conferences that led to no significant change”. Michael Fullan, 1991, and still the standard response to professional learning needs is to go on a course or a one-day conference and, if we're lucky, cascade it back to colleagues in an already packed twilight session.

To be honest, one off, off-site experiences do have their value and their place - and they are right for some purposes and for some learner preferences. But the assumption that 'going on a Gifted and Talented course', will somehow suddenly fix all our challenges with more able learners, is a flawed assumption. We may get some tips and some techniques but the real change, the real professional learning, requires more than a day in a hotel and a soporific lunchtime buffet.

Research suggests that professional learning is most effective when a quality coaching and mentoring programme is in place within a school context of collegiality. This means that we teachers are continually learning about our craft and frequently share what we learn. It also means that we have access to (or are) trained coaches delivering high quality professional support.

Why not test this idea out?

Think of the best one day course you've ever attended as a teacher. What made it so good? What lasting changes did you make to your classroom practice because of the course alone?

Now think of any professional coaching and mentoring you've had. What did you learn about yourself and your practice? What lasting changes did you make because of this work?

Maybe the one-dayers do work for you? Maybe coaching has changed your life? Whatever works for you is the real message here. Professionals should have control over their profession (by definition). So professional learning should be guided by the individual learner themselves (you).

What CPD opportunities are open to you? How much control do you have?


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Do courses work? Research and anecdotal experience imply 'not as well as they should'. A one-off training day may inspire and energise; may spark debate and provide a call to action, but the resulting impact on classroom practice and pupil outcomes is usually woefully small. 

Over the years I have looked closely at what works - the research, my own experience, and feedback from colleagues. While training events have a necessary place, they only deliver when backed up by high quality coaching and mentoring.

My training around professional development includes bespoke combinations of training, coaching and mentoring, live video coaching, executive coaching and demonstrations. Professionals learn in different ways so I create diverse opportunities for them.

For more information about Professional Development training for your school please Make an Enquiry or visit the Training Page.

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Professional Learning

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Professional Learning An Article suggesting we need an enhanced approach to CPD - one we've already been offering to our pupils for many years.

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Other Subject, Educators

Tags: CPD Personalised Learning Learning Styles

Using Video for Professional Development

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Using Video for Professional Development An Article that addresses some of the issues around using video for continuing professional development.

A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
Joyce Brothers

Acting is a form of confession.
Tallulah Bankhead 
 
What is Video CPD? Why do it and what are the rules? 

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Categories: Article, Professional Development, Educators, Media

Tags: Real Time Coaching CPD Video Trust

Well-Being Planner

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Well-Being Planner A simple Resource to support greater personal well-being. Inspired by New Economics Foundation research.

Categories: Other Resources, Professional Development, PSHE, Secondary, Tertiary, Educators

Tags: Happiness Emotional Intelligence Well-Being Mindset
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Tips for Professional Self-Assessment

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Tips for Professional Self-Assessment Teaching Tips for self-reflection. Three simple techniques to get you thinking about yourself and your qualities: 25 Wordle; 5 Why Self-Chat; Hi-Lo-LetGo.

Categories: Teaching Tips, Professional Development, Educators, Any Subject

Tags: Self Knowledge Personal Development Reflection
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How Children Succeed
by Paul Tough

How Children Succeed <br>by Paul Tough Find out about grit, hard work and how character influences success.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development, Assessment

Tags: Character Success Thought Leader Growth Mindset

Eat That Frog
by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog<br>by Brian Tracy List then rank every task you have to do today - A1, A2, A3...B1, B2...C1, C2, C3 etc. A1 is your frog. Eat (do) it now! Otherwise you'll spend the rest of the day on the Cs. And Ds (checking email/making another coffee).

This is the most effective time management idea I've ever used. It's simple and sustainable and many of the folks with whom I work have used it to raise their productivity and effectiveness in school. It's a short read (as all time management books should be) that shows you how to find your frogs and how to put good habits into place. Find out how to do what matters most, first.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development

Tags: Effectiveness

Learning with the Brain in Mind
by Frank McNeil

Learning with the Brain in Mind <br>by Frank McNeil An introduction to brain function and its links to effective learning in school. Covers neuroscience, attention, emotion, memory and brain plasticity. Frequent points for reflection make this an excellent CPD source text.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development, Transition

Tags: Neuroscience

7 Habit of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey

7 Habit of Highly Effective People <br>by Stephen Covey The Definitive Work on Habits for effectiveness and success.

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Categories: Professional Development, Suggested Books, Leadership

Tags: Effectiveness Habit

Contemporary Theories of Learning

Contemporary Theories of Learning Get really stuck in to the nuts, bolts, bones and essence of what learning is with 16 great thought leaders.

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Categories: Suggested Books, Professional Development, Learning Styles

Tags: Research Thought Leader

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Outdoor Learning Resources

Outdoor Learning Resources A wide collection of resources linked to fresh air learning.

reviewing.co.uk/outdoor/outindex.htm

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Categories: Websites, Professional Development, Boys' Learning

Tags: Outdoor Learning Activity

The 4 FISH Principles

The 4 FISH Principles Make work, learning and leadership fun – follow 4 FISH principles.

www.icoachu.com.au/fish-principles.php

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Categories: Websites, Professional Development, Leadership

Tags: Thought Leader

Resume: 7 Habits of Effective People

Resume: 7 Habits of Effective People A resume of the 7 Habits of Effective People. 

www.businessballs.com/7habitsstevencovey.htm

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Categories: Websites, Professional Development, Leadership

Tags: Effectiveness Habit

Intro to Adult Learning Styles

Intro to Adult Learning Styles An excellent introduction to adult learning styles from John T. Beaver on the slideshare website.

slideshare.net/jtbeaver/adult-learning-styles-master

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Categories: Websites, Professional Development, Learning Styles

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The Royal Society of Arts

The Royal Society of Arts The Royal Society of Arts finds practical solutions to today’s social challenges with the aim of enhancing human capability. From this page you can download its latest studies and reports around educational access, engagement and innovation.

thersa.org/learning-cognition-creativity/education

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Categories: Websites, Professional Development, Creativity

Tags: Innovation