Learning and Development

At a time like this it is easy to think of your professional development as something to take a back-seat whilst we juggle changes at home and day-to-day work, but CPD is a key factor both in learning outcomes and in staff culture and wellbeing, so you are invited to have a look at some of the ideas and resources here and take some time to reflect on how they can enrich our practice.

This is not about bombarding people with extra tasks, instead, it is a gentle start as we get used to our new ‘normal’ and an opportunity to respond to what you want – whether that’s particular themes or more in-depth research; simply taking a moment to reflect on something or perhaps to come together as a discussion group online.


Relay – This is the learning and development bulletin for the Raleigh Learning Trust. It is published half-termly and is aimed at all staff. There is a mixture of articles based on research, educational reports, blogs, organisations and ideas. All the back-issues are published on the Trust website here, including this half term’s issue, 31.

Teacher Tapp – Teacher Tapp is a free survey app for teachers. At 3:30pm, the app buzzes and nearly 8000 teachers answer three quick multiple choice questions about their day or their opinions on teaching. After you answer the questions, you get to see the results from the previous day and you get a piece of CPD in the form of a short article or blog to read. To say thank you, there is the opportunity to win badges and prizes, including book vouchers.

Results from the app are discussed in more detail in their weekly blog and their statistics are increasingly reported in mainstream media and used in policy decisions.

You can find out more at http://www.teachertapp.co.uk  and download the app on the App Store or Google Play.

Teacher Development Trust Interview

A 20 minute interview with Dr Kathy Weston on supporting parents and teachers during COVID19



Each week there will be an article for people to read and think about. This week’s is a perspective piece from Impact, the peer-reviewed journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, by former drama and English teacher, Martin Robinson.

‘Curriculum: an offer of what the best might be’ (Robinson, 2018)


Tips for reading:

  • Make a note of any positives, negatives and interesting ideas as you read the article
  • Keep in mind a particular pupil, class or situation as you read and relate the ideas to this
  • Be aware of your own bias – do you already like the author, does the central message conflict with your pre-existing ideas…?

You may find the following questions useful as you read:

What are the key messages Martin is making?

To what extent do you agree with his position?

What do you think ‘essential knowledge’ is?

Who gets to decide what ‘essential’ is?

Is there a limit to what some pupils can learn?

Should some ideas be saved for later?

What background knowledge do pupils need?

How limited is your own knowledge in making these decisions?

What shouldn’t we teach?

Is it possible to successfully personalise a curriculum?

If we focus on pupils’ interests, what will they miss out on?

Does your school culture influence pupils in the same way as your curriculum?

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