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Issue 18.3

PDT 18.3 Cover: Effective Professional Learning

PDT 18.3 Cover: Effective Professional Learning

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PDT 18.3 Contents

What's in this issue?

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PDT 18.3 Editorial: Effective professional learning

Graham Handscomb reflects on the range of ingredients that comprise effective professional learning.

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Developing Teachers and School Leaders: how Teaching School Alliances make a difference

Do Teaching Schools make a difference – particularly to the professional development of teachers and school leaders? Qing Gu reports on a major investigation which points to compelling evidence that they have made a significant contribution to effective practice.

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Don’t Like Mondays – providing hope for the disaffected

How can schools and their staff make a difference for the great number of disenfranchised young people? Sonia Blandford explores a way forward along the Achievement for All journey.

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How to… make school-based research a foundation for professional learning - Cover

There is some evidence to suggest that teaching school alliances (TSAs) have struggled somewhat with one of the national Big 6 remits - to engage with and promote research and development. These HOW TO pieces show how The Mead Teaching School and its TSA went about not just doing justice to this dimension of activity, but rather to make it the foundation of their whole approach to professional learning. (open access)

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How to … establish a culture of teacher research and development

Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald share how an enquiry culture was established within their Teaching School and its Alliance.

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How to … grow leadership capacity for research engagement

Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald explore how the attitudes, understanding and skills of leaders can be transformed to enrich enquiry-led professional development.

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How to … integrate practitioner enquiry into professional learning and performance management

How can practitioner enquiry make a real difference in your schools? Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald provide guidance drawn from their practice.

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How to … use research Learning Sets as basis for practitioner enquiry

Lindsay Palmer and Nicky Theobald show how the model of Learning Sets can provide the framework for developing practitioner enquiry within a school.

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Striving for coherent, effective professional learning

Philippa Cordingley reports on a major review of evidence on professional learning and development which poses some fundamental issues about effectiveness, sustainability and coherence.

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Expanding the horizons of self-improving schools

Evidence suggests that professional development is more effective when it is school-led; school-based and classroom focused … but is there a danger of schools becoming insular and stale? Glenys Hart explores the benefits that external experts can add to schools’ professional learning experiences.

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Education faultlines, hypocrisy and contested truth

Toby Greany reviews a book which provides a coruscating challenge to much government policy but lacks some subtlety in its analysis.

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