The Key for School Leaders was used in three-quarters of all schools in England during 2014. Looking at how all these school leaders use our websites – what they view and the information they request – gives us a real insight into the full range of leadership issues that affect them. We’ve taken our analytical scalpel to the brains of headteachers and deputies, as well as middle leaders, for example, and found that the staff area of our website is where they view most articles. I was keen to unpack this a little more. In particular, I wanted to know what’s on the minds of school leaders who are looking for information on managing continuing professional development (CPD). For every hundred school leaders who used The Key during 2014, we recorded around thirty views of articles on CPD in our staff area. Articles on specific topic-based CPD accounted for the biggest share of these, closely followed by articles that dealt with identifying staff CPD needs. These were viewed more than articles on managing CPD, or on CPD targeted at the leadership team. We can see the mix of themes more clearly by looking at the individual articles on CPD that were viewed the most during 2014:
- Do you have a skills audit for teachers based on the Teachers’ Standards?
- How can we present the new National Curriculum at an INSET day? (this one’s no longer visible – we update our articles as changes are announced, and sometimes we ‘retire’ them)
- How can coaching raise staff performance?
- Are there any examples of skills audits for teaching assistants?
- Do you have a skills audit for the new computing curriculum?
- Can you suggest materials for staff training on differentiation strategies?
- How can I develop my leadership team?
- How can we develop a CPD programme?
- How can peer observation be used to support CPD?
- Do you have any resources to assess staff knowledge of phonics?
Nathan is the insights manager at The Key. He collects and analyses data on how members of The Key use the services and considers what insights it provides about the challenges facing schools. The Key provides impartial, trusted leadership and management support to over a third of the schools in England and Wales. Our high-quality information, guidance and events help busy school leaders and governors work with increased confidence, knowledge and capacity. At the heart of everything we do is a passionate commitment to supporting schools in delivering better outcomes for children and young people. @TheKeySupport @TheKeyNathan Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author