Category Archives: schools

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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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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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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Research on teaching and learning: A list of reports, articles and blogs for FE and schools

Thanks to Tom Sherrington for sharing this great collection of research summaries. He introduces them on his website as follows: There are several superb summaries¬†of educational research that have been compiled into easily accessible websites and articles in pdf format … Continue reading

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A Podcast:Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom with Joanne Miles and Kelly Long

Here below is a link to the podcast I made recently with Kelly Long from Inspiration 4 Teachers We talked about how to encourage innovation, creativity and the sharing of classroom practice in schools and colleges. There is plenty of … Continue reading

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