School Workforce

NQT Special: So, what are you good at?

25 June 2015

As a new teacher you will be starting to think about your skills and talents and where they might take your teaching career. Margaret Adams advises


NQT Special: Sun, summer and selfies

25 June 2015

After finishing what is one of the hardest years in teaching – your NQT year – it is vital that you take a proper break this summer. Margaret Adams advises how



The key tenets to successful whole-school CPD

11 June 2015

A review of international research into effective professional development has set out a number of common approaches to structure and content that make CPD successful. Sarah Coskeran explains


How school inspection has to change

11 June 2015

When evidence shows the need for inspection to evolve, Ofsted is always too slow to act. Dr Mary Bousted explains how Ofsted must change to meet the needs of today's education system


Is there trust in your school?

21 May 2015

Low trust between teachers and school leaders can lead to toxic cultures in our schools. David Weston discusses possible solutions to this dangerous situation



CPD: Introducing seven-minute coaching

7 May 2015

Coaching is accepted as an effective professional development tool, but finding the time during a busy school day is always a challenge. Amy Benziane discusses the concept of ‘quick coaching’


Improving diversity among leaders

7 May 2015

A government scheme is helping BME teachers into school leadership roles – where they are currently sorely under-represented. David Hermitt explains



Supporting your SENCO's CPD

30 April 2015

Central funding has gone for the National Award for SENCO training programme, but this vital CPD programme continues to be prioritised by headteachers. Jane Friswell looks at how the training is changing


Appraisals and mid-year staff reviews

23 April 2015

Mid-year reviews are often seen as a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Former school leader Denise Inwood advises on how to ensure that they effectively inform CPD and staff development.


At the chalkface: Photo oops!

26 March 2015

Crash lives in a big estate. His father builds houses, which he’ll never afford. His mother’s an NHS nurse, soon to be sacked. His hobbies are being terrifically angry, kick-boxing, steam trains, and fishing in the toxic waters of the Grand Union Canal –


Seven common CPD problems for schools

26 March 2015

The Teacher Development Trust has audited the CPD plans, procedures and culture in more than 50 schools. David Weston explains the most common problems they found, and offers some solutions


Effective ways to engage with local businesses

19 March 2015

How can schools encourage and support collaboration with SMEs to improve young people’s employability skills and transition into work? Michelle Judkins shares insights from new research.




CPD and your subject

5 March 2015

The more we tell teachers about generic best practice in the classroom, the less they will focus on students’ learning, says David Weston. He argues for a subject-centred approach to CPD.


Case study: The Success Squad

26 February 2015

A project that trains support staff to take on a mentoring role has helped to boost the performance of borderline students in both English and mathematics. Jennifer Kenwright explains.


Research-engaged schools – a self-review tool

26 February 2015

Knowing where to start when creating a research-engaged school is difficult. Getting an understanding of what’s involved and recognising where you are on the journey is crucial. Caroline Fisher advises.



The links between CPD and ITT

5 February 2015

The recommendations of the government-commissioned review of initial teacher training could also apply to schools’ CPD strategies. Bridget Clay explains.


Identifying education’s CPD priorities

5 February 2015

How can we give teachers the freedom to lead and innovate? This was the topic under discussion at a recent education roundtable debate. Keith Wright reports.



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