High quality coaching

There is a large amount of research and debate around mentoring and coaching and what their differences are. What educational research shows is that both are invaluable both for developing one’s own practice, as well as developing in one’s career. So which...

Staff formatively evaluate their own practice

‘Staff formatively evaluate their own practice’ Why is it important to evaluate? Evaluation is not just about working out what’s worthwhile, evaluation is a key part of professional learning itself. When colleagues evaluate what works, what worked...

CPD is informed by pupil needs

CPD is often driven by headline pupil data. For example, school priorities might include ‘literacy’, or ‘underachieving boys’. Whilst this obviously relates to pupils, it doesn’t always translate to pupil focussed CPD. When engaging in...
Testing is Key to Long-Term Learning

Testing is Key to Long-Term Learning

A guest post from Kathy Rastle (@Kathy_Rastle), Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Head of Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London. We are now well into the summer term, and are faced with the usual arguments over the appropriateness of standard...