Category Archives: Learning Leader

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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The Role of Leadership in Prioritising and Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Project Report for FETL by Matt O’Leary, Rob Smith, Vanessa Cui and Fadia Dakka

This report presents the findings and recommendations of an independent research project into the role of leadership in prioritising and improving the quality of teaching and learning in further education. The project captures the views and experiences of further education … Continue reading

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Case Studies on Developing Staff and Guidance for Managers in Supporting Advanced Practitioners/Coaches

1.Case Studies on Developing Staff A range of OTLA projects on how staff can be supported to develop their skills and understanding to support their learners more effectively.  Projects include investigations into effective observation practice, peer and virtual observation. https://improving-teaching.excellencegateway.org.uk/assessment-and-development/developing-staffContinue 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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Creating the conditions for CPD to flourish

In schools and colleges there are many real and complex challenges in offering CPD opportunities that both motivate staff to get involved and meet their varied needs and preferences. In my freelance consultancy and training role, here are some of … Continue reading

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The challenges of sustaining joined-up CPD

In the FE sector I see many challenges in creating sustainable, joined-up CPDL cycles and here is a link to a blog on this topic, covering some of the common pitfalls and ways around them. http://blog.optimus-education.com/challenges-sustaining-joined-cpd

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Making Supported Experiments happen: How can coaches and managers collaborate to develop and improve T&L?

Many schools and colleges use models such as Supported Experiments to encourage teachers to develop their practice and own their professional learning. I note that the institutions where these initiatives take hold and come to life often have a team … Continue reading

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