Category Archives: FE

Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) in Colleges and Schools: Pitfalls and Tips

The Performance Development Review process (PDR) is gaining prominence in many schools and colleges, in an attempt to standardise and formalise performance management conversations. Depending on the mindset and skills of managers and staff, this process can be experienced in … Continue reading

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Advanced Practitioner Research and Development Programme: Book now!

AP development programme As part of an exciting ETF project with research on and professional development for Advanced Practitioners, there are places available for a three-day development programme this term. Information and booking details below. Book now as this is … Continue reading

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Webinar with Joanne Miles and Emily Barrell: Approaches for Tackling Mentoring Challenges

Mentors and coaches often encounter challenging conversations and have to decide on the best approach to take at that moment. In this webinar, Emily and I discuss a range of mentoring situations and reflect on some different responses to them. … Continue reading

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Making the most of the teaching and learning coach/advanced practitioner role in your school or college

It is encouraging and exciting to see many FE colleges and schools investing in the teaching and learning coach/advanced practitioner role, as it can play a positive part in developing staff and driving up TLA quality. In my work as … Continue reading

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The Learning Leader in FE: Have we defined this role yet?

It is very encouraging to see some FE colleges introducing a new role called the learning leader, in an attempt to enhance the focus on T&L. Incorporating actual roles into college structures could be helpful in a range of ways: … Continue reading

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The journey to ungraded developmental lesson observations: Some mid-year reflections

Working with colleges and schools on the journey to developmental observations is a complex, rich and rewarding experience. I am currently at a review point with several institutions and some recurrent themes emerge from their feedback. The overriding impression is … Continue reading

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Questioning Skills and Techniques for the Classroom

Video clips http://teachlikeachampion.com/resources/sample-videos/ Short video clips of “Teach Like a Champion” questioning techniques in the sample section – Right is Right, Wait Time and Check for Understanding Blog posts and web links http://www.theconfidentteacher.com/2017/03/the-questioning-collection/ https://teacherhead.com/2013/01/22/great-lessons-1-probing-questions/ http://sayersjohn.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/questioning.html https://www.edutopia.org/blog/new-classroom-questioning-techniques-todd-finley https://reflectingenglish.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/responsive-questioning-and-the-art-of-listening/ https://reflectingenglish.wordpress.com/category/questioning/ https://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/08/17/28-hinge-questions/ https://belmontteach.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/better-questioning-thinking-about-thinking/Continue reading

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