Professional Development

  • Oxford University Press to grow its teacher education range

    By Jonathan Swift on August 31, 2016
    Leading schools publisher Oxford University Press (OUP) is to grow its teaching list with new titles from prominent thinkers in education, including assessment expert Daisy Christodoulou, Mathematics Mastery founder Helen Drury, and teaching method guru Geoff Petty. Responding to the call for more evidence-informed approaches to teaching, the titles will aggregate the latest education research into practical advice teachers can […]
  • Mayor’s £1.4m boost for mental health training to help young Londoners

    By Jonathan Swift on September 8, 2015
    Around 8,000 of London’s frontline professionals working with young people are being offered training in mental health support and safeguarding. The scheme aims to help young Londoners, particularly those affected by gang-related crime, thanks to £1.4m from the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC). The Mental Health and Safeguarding training (MAST) will give frontline professionals including teachers, police officers, […]
  • Helping BME teachers into leadership roles

    By Jonathan Swift on June 1, 2015
    Only 104 secondary school headteachers in the UK are from Black Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds in the UK– that’s just 3%. With some schools seeing 70% of students from a BME background, this means that the staff makeup simply does not reflect the student body. A new, government-backed scheme aims to tackle this inequality by providing professional development opportunities for […]
  • Teachers in London join new programme to boost KS3 music education

    By Jonathan Swift on June 13, 2014
    KS3 music teachers across the capital will be taking part in the first cohort of The UK Association for Music Education (Music Mark)’s new CPD programme later today (13th June). Peer-to-Peer offers teachers the chance to learn how to improve their teaching from an expert panel of colleagues who’ve demonstrated excellence in their schools. Music Mark’s Teaching & Learning Coordinator […]
  • How can schools harness the power of technology to enable better, safer and sustainable learning?

    By Jonathan Swift on May 29, 2014
    The Technology in Education Summit, supported by NAACE and Childnet, returns to provide management teams and teachers with expert advice on how to make cost-effective infrastructure investments, improve skills and create 21st century classrooms.   Attracting around 150 attendees from schools, central government and local authorities, the September 2014 Summit represents an excellent networking opportunity, as well as a chance to […]
  • Making good teachers great with Thomas Education

    By Education Today on February 5, 2013
    The School Teachers’ Review Body recently suggested that teachers should no longer receive pay increases based on length of service – but instead will be assessed on performance, leaving head teachers with the challenge of identifying which candidates have not only the right qualifications and skills to teach, but also the right attitude and aptitude to be effective in the […]
  • A Gambian teaching experience

    By Education Today on January 15, 2013
    Jane Eyre discusses how volunteering for VSO in The Gambia was one of the best things she ever did “I’d been teaching geography as Head of Year for a large middle school for the last 14 years and I became increasingly aware of how little I knew the countries I spoke about. I wanted to learn what it meant to […]
  • Discontinuing the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) trend

    By Education Today on January 15, 2013
    Caroline Wright, Director at BESA, outlines recent research findings into schools’ investment in CPD. “Since the arrival of the coalition government the world of education has experienced a major shift. With many changes still to come, including a new curriculum, we are all having to adjust to the ‘new world’ of education and learn new ways of working. However, what […]
  • Measure, manage, teach

    By Education Today on December 4, 2012
    In September, the DfE (Department for Education) implemented new arrangements for managing teacher performance. Having abolished the previous three-hour limit on classroom observation, schools and local authorities now have the autonomy to create appraisal processes that suit their specific needs. Adam Cobb, regional manager of Halogen Software, tells Education Today how schools can optimise their teacher and staff appraisal processes, […]
  • Special training for special needs

    By Education Today on October 21, 2009
    “The number of SEN pupils being integrated into a mainstream setting has sharply increased as a result of the Government’s Inclusion Agenda in 2006. Three years on and the issue of SEN teacher training remains in the spotlight, with many industry experts arguing that mainstream schools are ill equipped to deal with pupils with special education needs. Given that many […]