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Built-in CPD. Our new model.

This is the cover of our newly published CPD booklet that sets out our master plan for next year.   ‘Continuing’ has somehow morphed into ‘Continual’ which I rather like!  I’m thrilled that, after some consultation with parents, governors have approved our new built-in CPD approach.  This follows the model used at John Tomsett’s Huntington School … Continue reading

HGS CPD. Festival of Learning Part 2: The Ideas Marketplace

This post follows directly from Festival of Learning Part 1. The Teachmeet.  The second part of our CPD day was based on a model that we developed when I was at KEGS – reported in this post.  The marketplace model was always going to be one of the ideas I imported.  The basic instruction to … Continue reading

RSA Essays: Licensed to Create? Incentives for improving teacher quality.

Today, the RSA has published a collection of 10 essays on the theme of improving teacher quality and the concept of licensing.  This has been, in part, stimulated by Tristram Hunt’s policy proposals.   I was delighted to have been invited to contribute an essay and I have included mine in full below.  Interestingly, the … Continue reading

Contemporary educational ideas all my staff should know about

As I look ahead to starting my new job at Highbury Grove,  I’m thinking about all the conversations we are going to have about learning.  To a large degree I want my teachers to be as up-to-date as possible within their own subject domains. They should know the latest OfSTED position ( eg with Moving … Continue reading

Barriers to Effective CPD

This is a slide from  the presentation I gave at the SWAT Conference in Poole – the full slides are embedded in this post.  However, without a commentary, the presentation is not entirely self-explanatory so someone asked me to flesh this bit out.  My talk was about setting up an effective CPD culture.  In one … Continue reading

Making CPD Count: Notes from Mastering the Dragon

KEGS Research-as-CPD Marketplace 2014.

Every teacher at KEGS is involved in a teaching and learning group called a ‘workshop’. We meet several times across the year to explore a particular aspect of pedagogy.  Teachers select who to work with and what to work on.  In May each year we have a non-pupil day that we call a ‘Leading Edge’ … Continue reading

Scale: CPD, research, and getting the basics right.

In our quest for a deeper understanding of our work as educators, across all the debates, conferences and blogs,  I sometimes think that we lose perspective on the relative scale of different aspects of raising achievement in schools. There are hundreds of variables and we’re rarely able to make like-for-like comparisons  that  help to identify the relative … Continue reading

Evaluating and Improving our Practice: A Paradigm Shift

In the last week, a series of events and meetings at my school signalled collectively that we’ve turned a corner with our view of some key processes. How we evaluate and improve the quality of teaching overall. The role of lesson observations The way we regard our action research activities as a feature of self-evaluation and … Continue reading

Lesson Study: Preparing for AS Essay Writing

Following on from my first foray with Lesson Study, documented in this post, I had the pleasure of joining forces with the two-person Economics team at KEGS to form another Lesson Study trio.  Using the NTEN guidance, we went through the following process: Initial meeting:  Discussion of a possible focus and plan of action.  Jon … Continue reading


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