Category Archives: Professional Development

Lesson observations – quality assurance or quality improvement?

http://blog.optimus-education.com/lesson-observations-quality-assurance-or-quality-improvement The blog on the link above includes some thoughts on the importance of gaining staff feedback on observation practices and seeing observation as a tool for professional learning and quality improvement as opposed to mere quality assurance. There is … Continue reading

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The challenges of sustaining joined-up CPD

I am working with Optimus Education to deliver some workshops around creating sustainable, joined-up CPD cycles and here is a link to a blog on this topic, covering some of the common pitfalls and ways around them. Details of the … Continue reading

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Training on creating a sustainable, joined up CPD cycle

I am working with Optimus Education to present several half day events to help schools and colleges develop sustainable, joined up CPD cycles.┬áThere will be plenty of practical approaches shared as well as chances to network with others from the … Continue reading

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Classroom Practice Development – A different approach to CPD?

As a freelance trainer and coach in schools and colleges, I am often invited to deliver training on a staff development day. This can give staff access to research insights and expose them to different classroom approaches as well as … Continue reading

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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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Making Supported Experiments Happen: Presentation from Joanne Miles at Research Ed FE London, December 3rd 2016

Research ED FE and Vocational event in London on December 3rd 2016 was a really interesting and enjoyable event so thanks to Tom Bennett from Research ED for pulling it together.The Twitter hashtag on the day was #rEdFE if you … Continue reading

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The evolution of the teaching and learning coach: Becoming an internal consultant

As part of my training and consultancy work, I often support schools and colleges with setting up and developing coaching networks. In mature coaching networks, I am noticing an exciting evolution of their role from 1:1 coach to the broader … Continue reading

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