CPD


Getting started with metacognition theories

8 April 2019

Many trainee teachers will have been introduced to metacognition theories and strategies for learning. Kate Sida-Nicholls looks at how we can begin to filter these into our teaching


CPD: Ensuring everyone is on board...

3 April 2019

When planning your whole-school CPD programmes, it is vital that staff are on board. Bethan Hindley looks at five tenets of change management and achieving staff CPD buy-in


Are you a coach or a mentor?

20 March 2019

Would you make a good mentor or coach? With these approaches forming a core part of professional development and support in schools, John Dabell looks at what makes for effective practice


Exploring your school’s ethos and culture

20 March 2019

What does the ethos of your school look like? And what do you want it to look like in the future? Archie McGlynn sets out ideas for fostering professional and practical discussions among school staff to help improve your school’s culture


Getting work scrutiny right

6 March 2019

Book scrutiny (or sampling) is too often about criticism and too often conducted in a Big Brother atmosphere of distrust. Instead, it must be about improvement, development and sharing best practice. Adam Riches and Roy Watson Davis offer their advice


A CPD case study: Creating the Wow Factor!

6 March 2019

In a bid to encourage, inspire and share creative teaching ideas across the school, Marlborough Science Academy has launched its Wow Factor and Creativity Week CPD programme. Deputy head Mark Fitzgibbon explains all


School-to-school collaboration to deliver effective CPD

27 February 2019

The benefits of school-to-school collaboration for effective CPD delivery can be far-reaching. Maria Cunningham looks at some practical steps schools might take to overcome the barriers and make inter-school CPD collaborations work


Thriving CPD on a tight budget

30 January 2019

Taking a mixed approach to the professional development of staff and making sure that every element links to school priorities can help to protect CPD spending as budgets bite, says Liam Donnison


CPD workshop: Middle leadership – vision into practice

23 January 2019

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at how new middle leaders can put their vision and ideas into practice


Domestic abuse: Spotting signs & training teachers

16 January 2019

One in five secondary-aged children have been exposed to domestic abuse and around 130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse. Dr Julie Leoni looks at what schools can do to spot the signs, support victims and train their teachers



NQT development: Thriving – not just surviving

5 December 2018

With half of his workforce being new to teaching, headteacher Adrian Kidd describes the systems of support and CPD that allow his NQTs to thrive in their first years at the chalkface


NQT Special: An NQT Christmas Carol

28 November 2018

In a period of dark mornings, darker nights, budget cuts and teacher workload, Sean Harris – with a little help from Charles Dickens and a few others – considers how NQTs might achieve levels of optimism and prioritise their development and progress as a teacher in their NQT year:



Metacognition: Classroom strategies

21 November 2018

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit ranks metacognition and self-regulation practices as among the most effective. Matt Bromley continues his focus on these strategies by offering six teaching approaches for the classroom


CPD workshop: How teaching assistants can support student learning

7 November 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at how to ensure teaching assistants are best able to support students’ learning and progress


Getting observations right

10 October 2018

In the first of two articles, Archie McGlynn offers us a practical guide to how schools and teachers can work together to improve the quality of learning through ‘better’ classroom observation and evaluation


Podcasts and videos for teachers of computing

19 September 2018

Computing is still a relatively new subject on our curriculum and, as such, on-going CPD is essential if our teachers are to excel. Terry Freedman lists 10 podcasts and 10 online video channels that could help you stay up-to-date, or which could provide classroom support


CPD: Getting coaching right in your school

12 September 2018

Investing more time in coaching approaches to professional development could pay dividends for your school, says assistant principal Laura Mackay. She offers some tenets of good practice


CPD workshop: Leading your team effectively

5 September 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at developing the skills and knowledge of those new to middle leadership


Scottish Learning Festival 2018

30 August 2018

The theme of this year’s Scottish Learning Festival is ‘collaborating for improvement’, with the usual range of CPD, seminars and exhibitors on show at next month’s event in Glasgow




Retention: Keeping your teachers

27 June 2018

Retaining talented teachers is a major concern for schools. Liam Donnison finds out about one school’s approach – the creation of an ‘academy improvement group’

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