Thoughts on CPD accreditation #2; Missing the (quality) mark

Risk assessment: Why the Chartered College's CPD Quality Assurance project might have a negative effect on the value and variety of CPD available to schools. [5 minutes to read] Any quality assurance scheme in education faces a number of serious challenges before even getting off the ground which, if left untackled, could inadvertently lead to... Continue Reading →

Ofsted & The Co-Creative conversation

No public body seems more hated and reviled by its stakeholders than Ofsted. And the vitriolic twitter comments on last week's well-being survey are nursery rhymes compared to the language used in private. Because education profoundly effects our lives from, well, EYFS to the grave, Ofsted's work should be defined by its commitment to transparency,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on CPD accreditation #1; Consultation or Conversation?

The Chartered College of Teaching's new CPD Quality Assurance project is a one-shot-only opportunity to get everyone talking effectively. This article is a call to increase stakeholder involvement. [3 minutes to read] As a teacher trainer, I have a vested interest in any initiative around CPD accreditation and I was very pleased to receive an invitation to... Continue Reading →

First public chapter: What’s in this Book?

This is the first public excerpt of "The Beginner's Guide to Cooperative Learning." Please use Facebook to comment, like and share. The chapter “What’s in this book?” is to help busy readers to quickly focus on that which interests them. Chapter II: What's in this Book? Whether you approach it as a leader or a teacher, this... Continue Reading →

Be a part of the book: “Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning”

Andrew Howard and I are inviting colleagues to comment and advise on the first draft manuscript of our book "The Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning."   "Beginners Guide to Cooperative Learning" is not for academics but a manual for real teachers facing hands-on challenges. As is clear in last week's article, Expecting the Inspection, teachers using Cooperative... Continue Reading →

Expecting the Inspection; Cooperative Learning and Ofsted et al.

Based on experiences from schools, this article gives advice on how to best prepare yourself (and your visitor) for an inspection of a Cooperative Learning class. Teacher: "Okay kids, grab your completed answer sheets, get up and do a Catch1Partner using (XYZ) vocabulary and (ZXY) subtasks. Go!"  For children, no explanation is needed. That may not be... Continue Reading →

Oracy is brilliant! (But you *do* need someone to talk to…)

Earlier this year, Paul Warwick from Oracy Cambridge and Beccy Earnshaw from Voice21 gave a ‘double-header’ presentation for The Brilliant Club at the UCL Institute of Education in London. Especially secondary schools and colleges desiring students to engage more with education and life alike, this is a must read. I have taken the liberty here of retrofitting... Continue Reading →

A piece of cake: Stuart Kime on baking your own research network

A summary and commentary on the full-day event "Implementation and Evaluation" with Stuart Kime from Evidence Based Education at Abbey Conference Centre, 17 September 2018, brought to us by Norwich Research School. This article naturally follows Stuart’s Cake; getting more out of your CPD through Implementation & Evaluation on the precursor event in May, which discusses the... Continue Reading →

Seven-league boots; next steps for Cooperative Learning in 2018-19

"The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour," goes a saying in pop psychology.  If this is true, things are well and truly looking good for Cooperative Learning in the coming academic year.   This article outlines some of my upcoming projects, including SSIF spin-offs, the necessity of separating "Cooperative Learning" from "group work," a... Continue Reading →

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