Monthly Archives: June 2015

Evidence-based teaching: A list of links related to research and practice

Research The evidence-based teachers network – a good place to start with this topic Evidence-based teaching overview and reading from Geoff Petty. Lots of links here that are useful, including Supported Experiments as a model for exploring evidence-based … Continue reading

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Lesson Observation: New approaches, new possibilities (Slides and Handouts from the Conference on June 17th 2015) If you missed this major event on lesson observations, you can catch up on the link above with the presentations and handouts from the keynote speeches and workshops. Blog posting on the event My reflections on the day

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CPD Training Skills: Self-Assessment Tool For Trainers

  CPD trainer skills Scale 1-4; 1= no skills,4=high level of skill Tick 3 priorities for development 1. Diagnose needs and preferences before designing the training 2. Design the training materials to address differentiated needs and preferences 3. Engage participants … Continue reading

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Passion, professionalism and pioneer spirit: Reflections on the “Lesson Observations: new approaches, new possibilities” conference at University of Wolverhampton, June 17th 2015 #obsconf2015

Still reeling, in a good way, from Lesson Observations: new approaches, new possibilities conference last week. I attend and present at plenty of FE conferences and they rarely create this level of buzz beforehand or deliver such excitement on the … Continue reading

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The new Common Inspection Framework for FE 2015: The documents, slides and guides from Ofsted

Guidance Documents Video clips Matthew Purves, Ofsted’s Head of Education Inspection, introduces upcoming changes: Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted’s National Director for further education and skills – inspection changes: Andy Wilson, college principal, talks about his experience … Continue reading

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Some useful clarifications from the new Ofsted handbook for FE, June 15th 2015

“Ofsted has no preferred teaching style. Inspectors judge the quality of teaching by its impact on learning. Providers are not expected to use the Ofsted evaluation schedule to evaluate teaching or individual lessons, or to undertake a specified amount of … Continue reading

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Developing Great Teaching: A significant report for the FE sector

This report is a key read for staff involved in planning and delivering professional development in the FE sector. It will also be of interest to practitioners who want to develop their own practice, skills and thinking. DevelopingGreatTeachingSummaryReport2015 DevelopingGreatTeachingFullReport2015 Here … Continue reading

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Embedding English Effectively In Plans: Ten Top Tips For Teachers

Identify naturally occurring opportunities to embed English – don’t fake it!   On your plans, note down the one or two aspects of English you are actively developing in that lesson/module – don’t overload it.   Pick out the 5 … Continue reading

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Fostering effective collaboration in teams: Great reads for managers and leaders Interesting points coming out of research at Harvard Business Review On approaches to collaboration for managers Key features of effective collaboration

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