Evaluating CPD: hard but not impossible

* At a time of shrinking budgets, there is a need for reliable formative and summative feedback about the efficacy of professional learning. It is not acceptable to assume that, however well intentioned or well received a school’s CPD programme is, it is necessarily right for it to continue. If it is not having anContinue reading “Evaluating CPD: hard but not impossible”

Can Checklists Improve Teacher Development?

I am lucky enough to observe lessons. I get to see the full gamut of age and experience, from trainees and NQTs to more experienced and senior colleagues. I am under no illusions that observing others teach is both a great privilege and a great responsibility – deciding upon what and how to feedback is,Continue reading “Can Checklists Improve Teacher Development?”

What Makes Great Training? 10 ideas for developing subject knowledge and pedagogy

The need to improve the quality of professional training for teachers is, I think, becoming increasingly well understood. In a time of shrinking budgets and teacher shortages, improving professional development has in some ways become as important about teacher recruitment and retention as improving student outcomes. Recent publications have provided clarity to where leaders shouldContinue reading “What Makes Great Training? 10 ideas for developing subject knowledge and pedagogy”

Collaborative teaching cycles: from scrutinising learning to understanding learning

I’m not really a big fan of the practice of book scrutiny. What is book scrutiny? Book scrutiny usually involves a head of department or key stage co-ordinator collecting a sample of students’ books from across the teachers of a year group and evaluating the quality of student progress against some form of rubric orContinue reading “Collaborative teaching cycles: from scrutinising learning to understanding learning”

How do you explain a concept like Growth Mindset?

I have written before about my thoughts around Growth Mindset. Whilst I appreciate the valid concerns expressed by others about the dangers of overstatement and the need for coherent informed implementation, I very much believe that Dweck’s theories about learning and growth have an important role to play in educating young people – for nowContinue reading “How do you explain a concept like Growth Mindset?”