Linking performance management to professional development (CPD) can immediately improve specific areas of learning across the school, Carol Taylor advises CPD leaders

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A network of CPD leaders visited schools in the US to explore good practice in leadership of professional development. Barbara Dutton, coordinator of the network in Warrington, reports on what the group learned, and describes how they’ve been putting it into action

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We’ve been collecting your stories about the inspiring and encouraging experiences you’ve had at work during 2008. Here is a collection of the CPD themed responses you sent to the question, What has been your most positive experience at work this year?

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Motivation helps educational staff to develop both personally and professionally, and should be a focus for all CPD leaders. But what does it mean to foster school-wide motivation?

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What kind of characteristics are necessary in an effective CPD trainer when they are ‘teaching teachers’?  Elizabeth Holmes builds on her first e-bulletin on the subject, and asks EAL advisory teacher Frances Carron for tips on facilitating this kind of development in schools

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‘Teaching teachers’ is a positive way of facilitating development within your school. Elizabeth Holmes discusses how to tackle this challenging area of CPD

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This CPD Week explores the benefits that encouraging whole-school engagement in Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) can bring for professional development

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We are in a season of culture change and transformation for CPD, according to speakers at the 4th annual CPD Update conference for professional development leaders

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This resource offers a number of theoretical case studies where child protection could be a concern, intended for staff discussion. It then follows each scenario with suggested points for consideration

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Flexibility in postgraduate professional development is allowing increasing numbers of teachers to take a masters in teaching and learning, raising the status of the profession as a whole. This CPD Week looks at some of the current themes in M level study and ways in which schools can encourage staff to find out more

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Graham Handscomb and John MacBeath put forward the case for teacher enquiry and benefits of research engagement for professional learning

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With pupils who are often more computer-literate than teachers, informed CPD coordinators can do a lot to combat cyberbullying says Dr Jo Bruce

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Does spending time and money on teacher training and professional development actually make a difference? Sara Bubb looks at the arguments for fresh and creative professional development for teachers, and getting value for money

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This CPD Week looks at strategies for getting staff started on professional development portfolios, and explores the various formats they can take 

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Professional development portfolios are the focus of this CPD Week – what they are, why it’s a good idea to implement them in your school, and the possible limitations they pose. Elizabeth Holmes also offers ideas for their structure

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The second CPD Week to explore the value of keeping a reflective learning journal as part of a professional development process, which examines the finer details and considerations involved

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Pupils’ challenging behaviour tops the list as the most stressful part of teaching; but can it be managed by teacher training? The effects of CPD on behaviour management are investigated by Elizabeth Holmes

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Reflective learning journals can be a very valuable part of the professional development process. CPD Week explains why, as well as the importance of thinking critically

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As a generation of teachers near the end of their careers the role of leadership development becomes an increasingly important one, as this issue of CPD Week explains

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ICT can help teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) through the use of websites, CD-ROMS and DVDs, explains Cheryl Instan-Smith

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In the second CPD Week to concentrate on cascading information to staff, this issue looks in detail at the methods available to coordinators trying to keep staff up-to-date on essential professional development information

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This issue of SENCO Week discussees the attention that should given to SENCO’s professional development (CPD) and the importance of taking a well-rounded professional approach to the role

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This article discusses the GTC’s Making SENse of CPD resource, which includes a summary of research findings about the effectiveness of CPD for SEN, as well as the emerging themes in CPD for SEN

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Induction can be a scary time for newly qualified teachers (NQTs), and a challenging one for those steering them through it. This issue of CPD week gives CPD coordinators advice and ideas on how to give NQTs the most effective early training possible to help them with the rest of their careers

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers to increase parental involvement in the learning process, here exploring why communication is at the heart of engaging parents

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, here focusing on the best use of classroom space

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, in this case examining how an effective use of wall display space in classrooms can have a powerful impact on learning

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This free resource is part of a series to help teachers improve learning environments for children, concentrating on what a creative thinking space is and how it can stimulate learning

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This free resource provides ideas on how to empower teachers to take control of their own professional growth, helping to ensure that CPD is an ongoing part of day-to-day school life

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This issue of Curriculum Briefing focuses on a coherent and comprehensive approach to developing the professional development of all staff as a key way of improving teaching and learning in your school read more

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Author: Edited by Su Clark

CPD Update is an essential newsletter for any professional development leader.

“Invaluable. Concise, relevant, helpful and increasingly necessary. If you have a people job in a school, you need it! It has helped tremendously by keeping me informed and up to date. It is also very good as a collaborative resource.”
David Eggleston, Deputy Headteacher, Wakefield Girls’ High School

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Personal development and well-being at work are the themes of the last issue of CPD Week this school year

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‘Cascading’ information to staff can help to ensure that you are as effective as possible in your role in professional development

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Early professional development is a crucial issue for CPD leaders to tackle. CPD Week offers tips for getting it right read more

Online learning could enhance and facilitate professional development in your school. CPD Week offers tips to CPD leaders, for making online learning work read more

Induction for NQTs lies at the heart of early professional development. This week we discuss the new guidance NQT induction and what it means for CPD leaders read more

This week we explore the role that coaching and mentoring can play in this quest. We also take a look at the newly announced National Challenge to improve schools that are deemed to be under-performing read more

Blue sky thinking − even schools cannot escape this management cliché! But there is a nugget of value to be found within this particular style of brainstorming, especially when it comes to professional and personal learning. With this in mind, we explore how to make it work in schools

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What purpose does professional learning have in your school? Does it fulfil its purpose or is there a disparity between the ideal and the reality? This week we take a close look at these issues with a view to preparing for the next academic year read more

In celebration of our 100th issue, here are CPD Week’s 100 top tips for professional learning leaders, gathered from our issues to date. We have themed them for ease of use, so dip into them right now or keep them as a reference for the future. Either way, we hope they ease your load and contribute to your expertise!

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While professional development for teachers is improving and CPD is being given more priority in schools generally, the support given to the wider workforce may be lacking in comparison. To help address this situation, we provide ten top tips for improving the development on offer to teaching assistants in your school. We also examine the need to support the improvement of grammar skills in school staff, following useful research by the University of Exeter and the DCSF. read more

We explore how CPD leaders can support colleagues who are interested in working towards headship read more

We explore the possibilities of career intelligence through this week’s practical tips read more

Top practical tips for supporting the career aspirations of staff as they prepare to move schools read more

How can you remember your calling as a teacher and integrate those thoughts, ideas and philosophies into your professional learning?

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Practical tips for helping colleagues with their interview technique, plus a look at the TDA’s School Improvement and Planning Framework read more

In this issue we explore ways of utilising PLTs to further the development opportunities in your school. We also take a close look at changes in the world of geography teaching and learning.

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