Title of Case Study
CPD Mornings – Monthly Sharing of Good Practice
A desire from SLT to focus on greater provision of CPD and for colleagues to benefit from the excellent practice observed within the centre by the management teams
We have piloted the following programme this year, it is made up of 3 parts:
1. 'Drip Drip sessions '
These are identified in the academic calendar from the start of the year and they are usually 45minute – 60 min sessions that are run by colleagues at One. Some key areas, as identified through internal progress reviews, are repeated a number of times, so teachers can attend when it is most convenient and so that they can go to all if desired. The themes are generated through a combination of those areas identified as needing improvement during internal inspections or from recommendations made by staff. Some examples are listed below:
- Differentiation – What is it really???
- Moving from a grade 2 to a grade 1 in a lesson observation
- Questioning techniques – purposeful formative assessment in a lesson
- How to demonstrate progress during practical lessons
- Managing low level disruption
- The White Curriculum Restorative practice
- Delivering a presentation
- Generating pace in your lesson
- Your health and safety role at work
- Teaching students with high level autism
2. 'Big Bang events'
- 2 evenings during the year dedicated to Curriculum development in April/May - This will be driven by the teaching teams
- A 2 week window in July that will allow staff to take one day - 'personal development day' to go into industry to shadow a particular role of their choice or to experience something that will help their teaching now or inform their future career plans in education – Paid
- Festival of learning held in October with external speakers and internal sessions on themes such as "emotional intelligence in the workplace", "selling yourself at interview", "the importance of character education", "funding issues affecting sixth form" and "making the transition from teacher to manager"
3. CPD certificates
- Staff delivering sessions - Anyone delivering CPD to any audience of any size will be given a certificate to acknowledge their input and they will be able to add this to their personal & professional development file. Anyone in a senior position who does this on a frequent basis will be given one at the end of each year to acknowledge their contribution over that period.
- Staff attending CPD sessions- Staff will be able to record their participation at CPD sessions by using the online CPD tool that will give them a running total of those attended over the year and they will be able to print this should they need to produce evidence for interviews or appraisals
- 4. CPD website - We are developing a dedicated site to showcase videos of the sessions that are run by the staff during CPD sessions and at other time during the year. This is especially helpful to those part time staff who miss the opportunity to attend otherwise. The level of engagement will not be recorded but staff may be encouraged to look at certain videos following an appraisal or an observation by the line manager
- Staff sign up to events electronically and these are recorded electronically, this ensures a smooth process for the CPD sessions and allows the presenter to take a register that then populates the certificate of attendance at the end of the year. Staff are also able to upload details of external CPD they have attended
- The goal is for Information on courses will be held centrally on here – all emails received on CPD will be directed to HR who will upload the course link onto the website for staff to visit and make requests to their line manager – this is yet to occur.
The feedback from the staff has been very positive indeed. Overall 75% satisfaction levels – comments for improvement are around availability to part time staff and options for non-teachers – both of which will be addressed in the 2nd year of the initiative.
This is the area that we intend to focus on this year – following the pilot year. It is clear that the feedback demonstrates a perception of positive outcomes but we are yet to have measureable data.