Monthly Archives: February 2015

Are you a teacher or coach who wants to develop their assessment and feedback skills?

This will be a really practical, interactive and engaging day of training for teachers, Advanced Practitioners and T&L Coaches. Developing formative assessment and feedback skills, Sector Training, June 18th 2015, Birmingham:

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Lesson Observation – new approaches, new possibilities: Cross Sector Conference

I am delighted to be involved with this major event for the sector on the hot topic of lesson observation. The event includes speakers from the world of research as well as case studies from colleges and insights from consultants … Continue reading

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CPD Leaders in Schools: Develop your Training Skills at an Optimus Education Event

I am very pleased to be delivering a full day on skills and approaches to use for CPD sessions in schools. Details on the link. Train the Trainer – a one day CPD leader event, Optimus Education, May 7th 2015, … Continue reading

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The Learning Revolution: National Conference for the FE Sector, March 26th 2015

This will be an interesting conference for FE leaders, managers, coaches and practitioners. Some strong speakers and a wide range of workshops, I think. Hope to see you there.

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To grade or not to grade lesson observations? Some interesting reads

1. Classroom Observation: it’s harder than you think by Professor Robert Coe: 2. Dr Gary Jones  with the research basis: Dr Matt O’Leary on the largest research study in the UK on lesson observation: 3. Article by … Continue reading

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Checklist for Colleges on Embedding English and Maths from Catherine Langstreth

Embedding Maths and English   Complete Action The directive for all staff to gain Level 2 qualification in maths and English has been given. Mandatory training on how to embed maths and English into every session has been delivered across … Continue reading

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Have you got a cross college strategy for embedding English and maths? by Catherine Langstreth

English and maths are vital skills needed for learners to progress onto higher level courses and/or employment. In order to develop learners’ English and maths skills it is important that the two subjects are embedded into every session. I have … Continue reading

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The Changing Landscape of CPD in FE, Part One: Sharing Practice and Looking Beyond

The landscape of CPD in FE is changing, evolving in response to the pressures on time and budgets, but also as a result of teachers looking for less formal, more flexible and personalised models of development. In the last year … Continue reading

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Developing Strong Performers in an Ungraded Lesson Observation or “What do I do?? There were no areas for development!”

I am doing lots of consultancy right now related to the transition from graded to ungraded, developmental observation cycles in the FE sector and an interesting query has arisen from several different observers. What happens in an ungraded lesson observation … Continue reading

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