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Issue 15.12

PDT Issue 15-1/2 Cover

PDT Issue 15-1/2 Cover

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20/05/2013
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PDT Issue 15-1/2 Contents

PDT Issue 15-1/2 Contents

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PDT 15.1/2 Editorial

Graham Handscomb examines the new educational environment and its profound implications for professionalism and professional development.

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A framework for developing practice and practitioner enquiry

Alison Ekins argues that schools have lived through decades of imposed change initiatives. Here she provides a framework which empowers Special Educational Needs Coordinators to take control through a process of reflection and enquiry.

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Developing from within: Towards a new model of staff development

Why is it that, despite the considerable outlay in time and resource, professional development continues to have limited effect? Sara Bubb responds to this challenge by providing a dynamic model which promises to bring about real improvement for staff and, especially, for pupils.

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Union Power!

Loic Menzies, Director of LKMco, asks if teaching and leadership unions could hold the key to improved professional development?

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Thinking to learn

Are our classrooms fettered by a narrow, data and results driven curriculum and unimaginative teaching? This is one of the key questions posed by Kevin Steel in his quest to develop a thinking school culture. In this rich narrative of her school’s journey to produce a community of teachers thinking deeply about the relationship between teaching and learning, we are given an insider’s picture of how to become a thinking school which transforms teachers and pupils alike.

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Preparing the ground for sustainable living

Paul Clarke explains the imperative for learners to become eco-literate and eco-capable through a radical curriculum for sustainable living. He outlines the implications for the professional development of teachers who join pupils on this journey.

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Practitioner research and professional identity

Raphael Wilkins explores the significance and relevance of school-based practitioner research to the currently unfolding debate about teacher professionalisation. He contrasts the fragmented nature of teacher professionalism in the UK with the more positive picture in other countries, and concludes that practitioner research may be the means of restoring a sense of teacher identity.

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How to… collaborate and learn

Graham Handscomb introduces the HOW TO section and sets the context within the drive for schools to work together and take control.

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How to... engage with the changing educational landscape

Graham Handscomb explores the tension between school autonomy, diversity and collaboration and the professional development challenge this poses for schools working together to raise standards.

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How to... learn collaboratively

Graham Handscomb considers the issues involved in entrusting the professional development of staff to collaboratives of schools.

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How to... develop within a selfimproving school system

The focus is on schools working together to bring about improvement across the whole education system. Graham Handscomb explores the features of a self-improving school system and its implications.

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How to... network effectively

What makes an effective network? Graham Handscomb looks at professional learning within networks.

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How to... engage with a Community of Practice

In this HOW TO contribution Graham Handscomb explores the concept of a Community of Practice, and considers its main features and structure. It will help you gain an understanding of how Communities of Practice thinking connects with and has influenced current approaches to collaboration in education.

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How to... work and develop with other agencies

A significant dimension of the call for greater linking of organisations together to collaborate more effectively is the concern that different agencies that work with children and young people need to be more coordinated.

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How to... work and develop with other agencies

A significant dimension of the call for greater linking of organisations together to collaborate more effectively is the concern that different agencies that work with children and young people need to be more coordinated.

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How to... count the cost of partnership

Many commentators highlight the potential difficulties and costs of collaboration in the context of competition and diversity. They particularly stress the need for collaboration to be robust and have purpose

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Opening Doors – Opening Minds

Gareth Mills calls for teachers to open up their classrooms to new forms of CPD grounded on school-based enquiry. He then provides a range of practical guidance to develop successful enquiry-based learning.

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Better use of training and development days

Sara Bubb and Peter Earley examine the research evidence on INSET days and discover that they are often poorly used. They ask how do we find time for staff development in schools and ensure that it is worthwhile, and provide some practical suggestions.

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To coach or not to coach, that is the question: A case study

Peter Taylor tells the story of his experience in acting as a coach to a member of his leadership team in the school where he is headteacher. In doing this he gives the reader an insight into his own enquiry and reflection on the merits and limitations of being an internal consultant.

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Empowering teachers; liberating learners

Schools operate within highly complex and competitive environments, with an emphasis on prescribed attainment outcomes which can limit the development of independent learners. This article by Hazel Bryan and Chris Carpenter, with Graham Bissett, describes an action enquiry project in a primary school. It aims to enable and enrich pupil learners whilst still meeting the demands of external accountability.

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Untangling the web of information on education

Emily Houghton provides a comprehensive practitioner guide on how to search the internet effectively when undertaking school-based enquiry.

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Environmental Citizenship: the teacher training imperative

Richard Harvey looks at the renewed emphasis on the importance of environmental education and the implications this has for teacher training and development.

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PDT 15.1/2 Full issue

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21/05/2013
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