Session 146: What is the best way to provide CPD?

Thursday 11th April 2013

Title: What is the best way to provide CPD?

Session Date: Thursday 11th April 2013


We started with positive experiences which vary from the informal reflective teacher using twitter and teachmeets to the SDP linked staff plan. The focus was on the teacher as learner, pupils were mentioned but they were not the primary focus.

Ideas ranged from:
– individual identification of training needs
– observation based points whether through teacher / SLT or videoed observations
– collaborative cpd across schools were popular where time // finance allowed.
– reports on CPD were mentioned by @Teacherdevtrust and other tweeters

Social media although used by a small minority of teachers were felt to be useful but other staff and SLT were not always open to ideas – remember however, that #ukedchat represents the 5% of UK teachers on Twitter. Drawing the others in includes newsletters that summarise weekly twitter points or selected educational blogposts.

Student / pupil observations and feedback on staff areas came up from some as a way to identify areas of need. This could be done with staff or even have CPD supported by pupils e.g. Digital Leaders. Students being given the opportunity to comment on training methods / resources linked back to the learners.

External sources of training seemed to be used less in favour of internal sharing and collaboration with local alliances as a response to the reduction in LA networks.

Most participants were not SLT so an #SLTchat hookup would be valuable to see how ideas match / contrast.

This could link to many more focused chats on particular techniques that staff could try in their schools with support so that the effect can be fed back in a form that would attract support.

Notable Tweets from the Session:

Graham Newell @Graham_IRISC
5 great ideas for CPD – blog by David Weston of the Teacher Development Trust #ukedchat #sltchat

Best CPD when children stayed behind to demonstrate different software to staff. They were gr8 and offering ongoing support #ukedchat

Shaun Renton @ShaunRenton
#ukedchat social media like this helps expand ideas which can then be shared with your team who may not have twitter

Learning & Teaching @LTeaching
#ukedchat Best CPD = visiting other schools with a colleague. See things that work / don’t, get a fresh perspective & discuss on the way back!

David and Lee @thought_weavers
@ianaddison think it’s critical that SLT lead by example too #ukedchat

Urban Teacher @urban_teacher
RT @BeckyCheAbas: Dispiriting when teachers are ‘given’ CPD 2 attend & SLT disappear 2deal with more important matters #ukedchat

Tweet of the Week:

@ryanhorne0076: Less is more. Focus on 1 or 2 topics as opposed to covering a million ideas.

About Your Host:

@aknill Andy Knill
Lead on cross curricular ict in a 11-16 academy in Havering. I teach Geography and ICT and I’m in my 25th year of teaching.

Outside my classroom I am involved with: Digital Leaders, Geographical Association, active tweeter, blog at, co-host of last two #TMEssex, active Teachmeet presenter, “raffle guy” at #TMBett13.

146 – Ukedchat Archive 11 April 2013

Session Stats:

Contributors – 140; Tweets – 646; Reach – 1,749,101*; Impressions – 7,301,496*. (*delayed stats)

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