So, what can you do to get the training you need? Here are five cost-effective ideas for you and your school to consider…
1. Letting teams and individuals within schools choose their CPD
The Teacher Development Trust is clear that ‘teachers are more likely to improve when their experience, needs and their vision of pupils’ success are taken into account during development processes’(3). Department, pastoral and other teams within schools often have clear understanding of where they would like to develop – but even being asked will improve engagement with the process.
2. Providing support for external CPD
An increasing amount of high-quality CPD is offered outside schools – through events such as researchED or SouthernRocks(4) or through subject associations such as the ASE (for Science)(5) or Geographical Association(6). Many schools offer support now for these by paying for travel or cover costs in return for delegates sharing their findings internally – could your school benefit this way?
3. Subscribing to online courses
Online training is a huge growth area, set to reach $325 billion by 2025 according to one report. There is therefore a huge amount of content for teachers available. Some excellent content is free – check out Future Learn for example(7), while other training providers such as Optimus Education(8) have a subscription model that allows schools to access a huge amount of useful training.
4. Engaging with the latest research
One of the huge benefits of the new Chartered College of Teaching(9) is the access it offers to the latest research – action research from schools reported in the College’s magazine Impact as well as academic research which you can access via a deal with the University of Bristol. Just having one member from your school gives access to a huge amount of useful material to circulate and discuss.
5. Creating your own CPD through lesson observations
The most personal forms of CPD are surely direct feedback on your own lessons and the chance to observe your peers teaching your classes. We’ve written about the concept of Lesson Study in a previous blog, but at ONVU Learning we’re taking this to a higher level. At schools that have a number of our Lessonvu camera systems, teachers come together regularly in teams to share actual lesson footage and highlight areas for advice.
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