School Workforce

Teacher development: Making CPD more effective

23 May 2018

What makes an outstanding teacher? Last year, Helen Webb wrote about her work developing an in-school teacher development programme. She now updates us on this work, the challenges she has encountered and how the programme has evolved



Teacher-led, in-school CPD programmes

16 May 2018

Teachers working together in-school to improve their classroom practice is an effective and inexpensive form of CPD. With a focus on the curriculum reforms, Helen Webb discusses her school’s approach


CPD workshop: Effective questioning

16 May 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He will offer a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides available on our website. This instalment looks at questioning techniques to support learning and progress


Nurturing tomorrow’s school leaders

16 May 2018

Good leadership development practice is crucial – both for the education system as a whole and for the retention of teachers. Jason Wing explains his approach


The future of making things

9 May 2018

The STEM Learning and Autodesk Design School is helping teachers to get up-to-speed with modern design and manufacturing technology and techniques so that they can incorporate the future of making things into their lessons…


Quick CPD: Improving working memory

25 April 2018

Improving pupils’ working memories can help them, both with exams and in preparation for higher study and working life. Margaret Reeve offers some quick CPD


Vulnerable students: The power of the great outdoors

25 April 2018

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust supports professionals working with young people who are especially vulnerable to mental health problems. In a new series, Clare Stafford talks to experts about how to support our most vulnerable pupils


How can you motivate your students?

18 April 2018

How can we motivate the pupils in our classrooms and schools to want to learn? We asked Matt Bromley to tackle this age-old teaching challenge. He offers some reflections, ideas and guidance for teachers


Planning a lesson for a job interview

18 April 2018

The lesson is a key part of any teaching job interview and often causes the most stress for applicants. Helen Webb looks at how to plan your job interview lessons


Getting career development right

18 April 2018

What does a good career development strategy look like in a school? Maria Cunningham offers her best practice advice


The Academies Show 2018

3 April 2018
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Pupil Premium: Using CPD to narrow the gaps

21 March 2018

The evidence is clear – the quality of teachers and teaching is one of the most important factors in raising outcomes, and disadvantaged pupils are disproportionally affected by the quality of teaching. Maria Cunningham looks at the role of CPD in narrowing the gaps


CPD workshop: Active learning

14 March 2018

Active learning focuses on how students learn, not just on what they learn. Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He will offer a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides available on our website. This ...


Running staff working groups in schools

14 March 2018

Staff working groups can be an effective approach to tackling a range of issues in school, not least planning/delivering CPD or developing practice in specific areas. John Rutter advises


What does 'professional capital' look like in your school?

7 March 2018

Do you recognise and develop the professional capital of the staff in your school? Drawing on research evidence, Ben Solly discusses his take as a school leader on the three key elements – human, decisional and social capital


The great unplanned lesson: Part 1

7 March 2018

You arrive at school and unforeseen circumstances mean that you’re covering a lesson in a subject you know little about – and with no preparation time. In the first of two articles, Gerry Mallaghan offers advice and quick activity ideas to help you survive...


Recruitment: Chemistry, character and trust

7 March 2018

Educating Greater Manchester’s Drew Povey explains to Liam Donnison how chemistry, character and trust plays a part in the recruitment and retention of teachers


Planning ahead for recruitment

28 February 2018

How can you make your recruitment processes more efficient? Rebecca Oram shares some long-term, low-cost strategies for success



Assessment: The feedback conundrum

31 January 2018

Achieving a whole-school marking policy that satisfies students, parents and teachers might just be impossible. Dr Bernard Trafford instead urges a focus on some simple tenets of good feedback...



CPD workshop: Handling difficult people

24 January 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He will offer a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides available on our website. This instalment looks at handling difficult people


Winning on workload

24 January 2018

The themes of workload, stress and pressure continue in education. Julian Stanley urges us to make 2018 the year of effective change to working practices


Leadership & staff retention: A no-blame culture (part 4)

24 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part four, Matt Bromley considers how a no-blame culture is essential to success and what this looks like in practice

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