Twitter! – its potential for professional development
Jane Jones explores the selective use of twitter as an individualised mode of professional development. She argues that its crucial power lies in enabling individuals to be in control of their own any time any place professional learning.
Thinking ethically to support practitioner research
Angela Brown and Alison Fox describe how a Teaching School Alliance worked in collaboration with its university partners to produce an ethical protocols framework which supports extensive practitioner research.
How to… grow mindsets for effective learning
Children’s, teachers’ and parents’ views of the nature and importance of intelligence and ability inevitably affect learning. One group of teachers at Blean Primary School wanted to explore whether these views could be shifted through intervention to achieve a more positive mindset. Judy Durrant reports.
How to… engage and activate learning
While children often prefer to be active in their learning, lessons can easily slip into passive modes of delivery without teachers realising. Judy Durrant reports how, at Blean Primary School, teachers’ investigations helped to quantify the balance of classroom activities.
How to… develop talk for learning
The pressures of a content-laden curriculum and the need to demonstrate the necessary levels of progress often seem to pressurise teachers into leading learning from the front of the classroom. One group of teachers from Blean Primary School had the courage to ask ‘Do we talk too much?’ as the focus for their action research.
How to… understand children’s individual needs
Children’s reactions differ markedly within the same class, so it's difficult to categorise according to clear-cut groups or find a solution that ‘works’ for everyone. This section details how Blean Primary School developed different enquiry approaches to research this further.
How to… learn with and from children
Introduction to this issue's 'How to...' segment by Judy Durrant, focusing on showing how children themselves can be the source of teachers’ professional development. (Open access)
Loic Menzies explores using the Pupil Premium to improve teaching quality through professional development.
Leadership where it counts: making a bigger difference to your students
Viviane Robinson outlines the five dimensions of “student-centred leadership” their implications for professional learning and how they can be used to make a positive difference to student learning.
The “Powerful Learning” Framework
David Hopkins and Wayne Craig describe strategies for a “powerful learning” framework. It includes an unrelenting focus on the “instructional core” – curriculum innovation, professional development and student voice – and places what students actually do, and the sense they make of it, at the centre.