Category Archives: FE

What are the potential benefits of unseen observation?

Models and cycles are valuable tools to aid reflection and development and I use them regularly in my practice as a CPD trainer and coach in schools and colleges. The GROW model of coaching, the Supported Experiments cycle and the … Continue reading

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All you need to know about the return to school and college sites plus the Ofqual consultation, 26th May 2020

Face-to-face return to college sites delayed until mid-June 2020 at the earliest: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/24/boris-reveals-college-face-to-face-plans-must-be-delayed-until-15-june-at-earliest/ Latest government guidance on the return to school and college sites: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings Comprehensive practical guidance on the return to college sites from the Sixth Form Colleges Association: … Continue reading

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Reads For Teachers on Wellbeing, Mental Health and Resilience: How can we support and enhance them?

Ways to look after wellbeing and build resilience: https://schools.au.reachout.com/articles/wellbeing-and-resilience 8 key elements of resilience: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/science-choice/202005/the-8-key-elements-resilience Practical approaches for building your own resilience in the pandemic: https://www.everydayhealth.com/coronavirus/how-to-build-your-resilience-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ How may people be feeling at this stage of the pandemic?: https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/deviced/202005/grumpy-sad-and-anxious-week-9-quarantine My CPD … Continue reading

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The Return To Schools and Colleges: Official Guidance and Think Pieces

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings   Apprentices ALSO expected to receive face-to-face training from June: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/15/apprentices-also-expected-to-receive-face-to-face-training-from-june/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response   … Continue reading

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Planning a CPD Strategy: Some Questions For Reflection or Discussion

  What is the purpose of a CPD strategy, for you? And for others? What is the benefit of devising a strategy for CPD? What will the strategy help you to do? What ethos and values do you want to … Continue reading

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CollectivED webinar programme: Let’s Talk About…Better Professional Conversations

In lieu of our planned CollectivED / GCI conference in June (now rescheduled for November 9th) we are hosting a new webinar series drawing on the conference themes of Better professional conversations; enhancing education one discussion at a time. I … Continue reading

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Pandemic Pedagogy: Questions For Exploring TLA Practices In The Virtual Realm 080520

As teachers develop new ways of working in virtual spaces with learners throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, I am hearing conversations starting about the nature of pandemic pedagogy. For many teachers it has been a complex and challenging journey to bring … Continue reading

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