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What is Effective CPD?  By Jane Hyde-Walsh

3rd December 2017

Research on CPD demonstrates that many teachers and trainers do not participate in professional development activities and the most common reasons given are conflicts in work schedules and an absence of incentives for participation. Add to this a marked decline in investment by schools supported by figures compiled by the Teacher Development Trust earlier this year found…

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Building Leadership Trust By David Pardey

29th November 2017

In my first article in this series (Why leadership and management matter ) I argued that leadership and management were equally important (but different) in getting the best out of people. In the second article (What makes someone a good leader? ) I explored some of the personal qualities that can enable you to be more effective…

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What makes someone a good leader? By David Pardey

5th September 2017

In my first article in this series (Why leadership and management matter) I argued that leadership and management were equally important (but different) in getting the best out of people. I described managers as relying on positional power, the legitimate authority that comes from their role in the organisation, and leaders as relying on personal…

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The Staffroom – Why Leadership and Management Matter By David Pardey

1st August 2017

Organisations are all about people, and people are complicated. Of course, the buildings, vehicles and equipment used in organisations are also important, but without the people they would be machines. If they are well made and looked after well, machines are pretty predictable – turn a switch, provide power, and off they go. Add in…

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Why Learning Intelligence? By Kevin Hewitson

14th June 2017

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle” George Orwell [i] Sometimes the obvious is on our doorstep, often ignored and rarely noticed.  So it is with my experience as a teacher and in the development of the concept of Learning Intelligence, or “LQ”. After a career of nearly 4…

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What is Truly Meaningful Continuing Professional Development (CPD)? By Jane Hyde-Walsh

8th May 2017

We’re all surrounded by lots of information about Continuing Professional Development or CPD and many of us might feel a little guilty about the fact that we don’t spend enough time on ourselves and our CPD? With busy lives too often CPD becomes the last thing on the ‘to do’ list until such time as…

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First-time buyers relying on parents to get onto housing ladder – The Staffroom

28th March 2017

Research shows a rise in ‘bank of mum and dad’ helping their children onto the housing ladder. The proportion of first-time buyers relying on inherited wealth or loans from the ‘bank of mum and dad’ has reached a historic high and the trend looks set to continue, new research by the Social Mobility Commission has revealed. The Commission…

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CPD – 5 top tips for developing best practice for educators, teachers and tutors By Jane Hyde-Walsh

4th January 2017

As we embrace 2017 it’s a good time to review our goals and think about how we can enhance and improve the quality of our teaching with some clear professional development goals. It is generally accepted that teacher performance has a direct impact on student outcomes and research by Taylor and Tyler (2011) suggests that…

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Happy New Year from everyone at the Staffroom.

2nd January 2017

We wish all our members, writers and colleagues a very happy and peaceful New Year. Set yourself clear and attainable professional development goals and keep them in front of you in 2017. Sign up for your free 30 day trial at the Staffroom and start to make everything you read, plan and action count towards…

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The Future of Education by Charlotte Davies

25th November 2016

What does the future hold for education? By 2036 education will incorporate high-tech solutions, but not as first envisaged. Mankind will have come to terms with the idea that although they have the most complex brains in the known universe they are also basically large hairless apes and that they need to address the needs…

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