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Issue 14.3

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Professionals in control! - coaching and mentoring special issue

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PDT Contents 14.3

PDT Contents 14.3

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PDT Editorial Professionals in control!

Graham Handscomb reflects on how, in an era of increasing school autonomy, coaching and mentoring help teachers take greater control of there professional development.

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Evaluating the impact of professional development

Sue Kelly gives practical guidance on how to involve staff in the evaluation of their own professional development

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Embracing CPD and technology to enhance the teaching and learning of maths

Andy Kemp, discusses the important role that CPD plays in encouraging teachers in his school to embrace technology in the classroom and in bringing the subject of mathematics to life.

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Celebrating Teachers!

Sara Morgan and Margaret Noble reflect on the benefits The Teaching and Learning Academy has brought to teachers, pupils and schools and herald a new future for the TLA after the abolition of the General Teaching Council for England.

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How to… secure quality in mentoring and coaching

This issue’s HOW TO section is devoted to the how and why coaching and mentoring skills are important for teachers who wish to take their professional learning seriously and see it have an impact on pupil learning. It explores why school leaders should invest in developing these skills within their organisation. Firstly we begin by examining the evidence base which establishes the case for coaching and mentoring. Secondly we move on to considering what a CPD leader can do to embed them into the everyday life of the school.

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How to... use the evidence base to build a case for developing coaching and mentoring in your school

Compelling international evidence reveals that properly structured and sustained coaching and mentoring can bring about improvement in teacher professional learning which impacts upon the learning of pupils. So it is perhaps unsurprising that in the last few years there has been a drive to embed coaching and mentoring skills into many CPD programmes.

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How to... embed Coaching & Mentoring into the everyday life of the school?

This section draws on CUREE’s handbook for supporting effective coaching and mentoring. (http://www.curee.co.uk/mentoring-and-coaching) It is designed to help you, as a CPD Leader, to think through how you could organise support for professional development on mentoring and coaching in school.

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How to... use tools and resources to build skills and capacity

In this HOW TO article we explore the role that tools can play by scaffolding learning and supporting colleagues, especially when you might not be around to offer support directly. The role of such tools is to help ensure fidelity and quality assurance as well as providing evidence for both formative and summative evaluation.

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How to... know if it is making a difference

This last HOW To contribution, taken from the CUREE handbook, considers ways in which you can assess the contribution that coaching and mentoring makes to the professional learning of staff and the impact this can have upon the learning of pupils as well as offering ideas on how to make this manageable.

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Teachers reclaiming professional learning

Has the performance culture in our schools constrained our whole outlook on professional development? Peter Logan and Jane Jones reflect on the experience of teachers conducting action research into their practice and argue for a more dynamic, creative approach, centred on the model of the teacher-scholar.

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Coaching: options for change

Maureen Lee and Mannie Burn look at the current state of coaching in schools and suggest some alternative perspectives, including the merits of external coaching, the need for coaching supervision, and the value of becoming a coaching school.

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Creating a coaching culture

What would a coaching culture in your school look like; how can it be developed and how can you ensure it meets ecpectations? Julia Foster-Turner provides an introductory guide.

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Learning with the International Primary Curriculum

Janice Ireland describes the opportunities provided by the International Primary Curriculum initiative and the professional development to support this.

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