CPD: Goodbye and Good Riddance (Part Two)

Teaching it Real

Last week I wrote about some of the appalling CPD I have attended and suggested that the silver lining of otherwise horrendous school budget cuts could be that these kinds of training events stop. Of course I am not suggesting that professional development should stop, so what should replace it?

I have found that the best professional development I have had over the last couple of years has come from things I have found for myself. It started with reading the excellent Making Every Lesson Count by Shaun Allison and Andy Tharby. A brilliant book that made me consider what I do and how I do it. My leadership was developed by reading and reflecting on Andy Buck’s Leadership Matters and The Middle Leaders Handbook by James Ashmore and Caroline Clay. I developed my curriculum after reading Summer Turner’s wonderful Curriculum and Assessment Design and am now devouring Daisy Christodoulou’s

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