Great CPD on a Shoestring #ThursdayThunk

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The money being thrown at school improvement seems to know no bounds. Hundreds of millions of pounds in Strategic School Improvement Fund and Teacher & Leadership Innovation Fund projects; yet some schools are struggling to fund even the most basic p..

GCSEs graded 9-1

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Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are revising hard as they sit their GCSEs. But, in England, there have been major changes, with a new 9-1 grading system being phased in to reflect a more demanding curriculum. So what..

Five things you can do to make the most of gained time

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I always remember looking forward to getting some gained time once my Year 11s and 13s had gone. Making the most of that time though is always a difficult thing to do. Something always seemed to get in the way. Whether it was other people asking you of your time with their gained time projects, or helping or training others or going on a school trip in activities week; I found it difficult to get headway in the things I wanted to do such as develop schemes of work, refresh displays, engage in some CPD. Despite the cumulative number of hours gained time gives you, it was difficult to show the impact of that gained time. To help with this I came up with a number of different strategies to make sure I was able to make the most of that time.
Plan! I planned my gain time pretty meticulously and set targets for completion. I recorded these on a calendar and shared this calendar with colleagues. I learned to do this in advance of gained time so that if someone else wanted to work with me in ..

5 Tips for Creating a More Evidence Informed School

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Building an evidence informed school is a process not an event. If you commit; you’ll need to commit for many years to plan and implement a strategy and many more to embed and make it an inevitable part of the culture. Part of everyone’s leadership a..