Lesson observations – quality assurance or quality improvement?


The blog on the link above includes some thoughts on the importance of gaining staff feedback on observation practices and seeing observation as a tool for professional learning and quality improvement as opposed to mere quality assurance.

There is also a discount code for a forthcoming event about fostering professional learning through lesson observations, which I am co-presenting with  Dr Matt O’Leary.

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A collection of blogs about revision skills

There are some bloggers who are able to produce really interesting and useful posts on a regular basis and here are some of my favourites, writing on topics related to revision. Thanks to all of them for their work and generous sharing!

The “Do’s and Don’ts” of Revision from Dan Williams:



The revision collection from Alex Quigley:



Sequencing lessons in the run up to exams by Andy Tharby:



Improving recall in GCSE English Language and Literature: some practical suggestions from Andy Tharby:



Why use visuals from Dan Williams:



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Want to set yourself up as a freelancer in education? Blog posts on how to make it happen

I worked in colleges and schools for twenty years and now I work for myself as a sole trader, managing the business side of being a freelancer and also the training/consultancy/coaching delivery into schools and colleges. It is a challenging, exciting, unpredictable and rewarding life so here are some thoughts on making that change in work and lifestyle.

This blog helps you think about what kind of business you want to run and what you can offer to customers/clients:


Here is some advice about the rather dull but absolutely necessary discipline of good record keeping:


Thoughts on using Twitter, Linked In and a website as tools for generating and sustaining your business:


Some thoughts about the pleasures and benefits of working freelance, once you are through the stressful set-up phase:


How to make business travel more palatable!








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The challenges of sustaining joined-up CPD

I am working with Optimus Education to deliver some workshops around creating sustainable, joined-up CPD cycles and here is a link to a blog on this topic, covering some of the common pitfalls and ways around them. Details of the workshops are also included in the link:


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Training on creating a sustainable, joined up CPD cycle

I am working with Optimus Education to present several half day events to help schools and colleges develop sustainable, joined up CPD cycles. There will be plenty of practical approaches shared as well as chances to network with others from the sector. It would be a very useful session for a CPD lead, staff development trainer or Advanced Practitioner/Teaching and Learning Coach to attend.

Here is what previous attendees said about the event:

Brilliant – really useful and time to reflect”
“Excellent opportunity to explore the complexities of CPD and come up with some practical strategies.”

Informative and highly useful”

“Excellent input and discussion around CPD, learned loads! Brilliant input from trainer – thank you!”

“Very practical and thought provoking – good rapport and positive outcomes”

“Informative, great to have opportunities to reflect and network.”

“Informative and reflective. Very practical and useful”

“Thank you – really useful – a lot to take in and back to school!”

The next events in the series will take place in May and June and focus on ways to motivate staff to get involved with CPD and approaches for sharing practice effectively. Details about these two events on the booking link below and non-members can attend for a reasonable fee displayed on the pricing tab:




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Blogs for teachers and coaches on embedding English










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Blogs for managers and leaders on embedding English in FE



Embedding English: How can leaders and managers support and develop their teams?





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