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  • Differentiation: audit tools and resources Is there an audit to assess how teachers use differentiation? We worked with one of our associate education experts to create a downloadable KeyDoc audit that allows teachers to consider their use of differentiation in areas such as questioning, resources and the tasks set.
  • Headteachers' standards of excellence: self-assessment tool If you're a headteacher or aspiring headteacher, download our template to audit your performance against the national standards of excellence.
  • ICT and computing skills audits for school staff You can identify staff CPD needs with examples of skills audits in using ICT and teaching the computing curriculum. These cover using mobile devices, using the internet, and embedding ICT in teaching and learning.
  • Improving the practice of individual teachers How can we improve the practice of individual teachers? This article features advice from one of our associate experts, plus KeyDocs for assessing teachers against standards and creating an action plan for improving practice. It also looks at a case study on improving teaching.
  • Literacy teaching: skills audit for staff Are there tools to help audit teachers' skills in developing literacy? In this article, we link to a literacy skills audit form from a local authority, and include advice from one of our associate experts on auditing staff skills. We also link to a skills audit for trainee teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Mastery and greater depth teaching: staff questionnaire Use our sample questionnaire to assess staff confidence in mastery and greater depth teaching.
  • Maths skills audits for staff Find examples of audits you can use in your school.
  • Middle and senior leaders' skills: analysis tools Are there any skills analysis tools for middle and senior leaders? We worked with one of our associate experts to create a skills audit template based on the Teachers' Standards. We also link to examples of self-evaluations and to further resources for auditing skills.
  • Skills audit for an SEN teaching assistant Is there a skills audit for a TA supporting with pupils with SEN? We worked with one of our associate education experts to create a skills audit for teaching assistants (TAs) working with pupils with special educational needs (SEN). We also link to a general skills audit template for support staff.
  • Skills audits for science teaching (primary) Are there any skills audits for primary school science teachers? One of our associate education experts suggests questions that a primary science teaching audit could include. We also link to a science knowledge audit for trainee teachers produced by a university.
  • Special educational needs (SEN) practitioner: skills audit Are there examples of skills audit for SEN practitioners? We look at self-evaluation checklists for special educational needs (SEN) practitioners produced by the Inclusion Development Programme, and link to inclusive lesson and SENCO skills audits.
  • Support staff: skills audit Are there resources for a skills audit for support staff? This article includes two KeyDoc skills audits for support staff, which are based on advice from our associate experts. We also relay advice on monitoring staff productivity, and link to skills audit resources from local authorities.
  • Teachers' skills audit Download our skills audit template, which will allow your teachers to assess themselves against the Teachers' Standards. We also set out what evidence to use when filling out the audit, and provide examples of other skills audits you may want to adapt.
  • Teaching assistant: skills audit Support your teaching assistants to identify their development needs with our skills audit.
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  • Leadership CPD
    • Developing senior leaders for headship How can schools develop senior leaders for headship? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on this question. The article also has a downloadable KeyDoc that can be used to identify skills gaps in aspiring headteachers.
    • Developing the leadership team How can I develop my leadership team? One of our associate experts provides tips on developing the leadership team. In this article, you will also find National College reports, as well as case studies on professional development for school leaders.
    • Effective middle leadership: guidance Is there guidance on how to be a successful middle leader? We look at a report on what makes middle leaders effective, and at guidance on effective middle leadership in schools. You will also find advice from a teaching school on supporting middle leaders, for example through coaching.
    • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) What is involved in the NPQH? This article looks at information on the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), including application, cost, course content and assessment. It also points to information from some providers of the NPQH.
    • Running effective senior leadership team meetings How can we make our SLT meetings more effective and leadership-focused? Two of The Key's associate education experts suggest ways to prepare and lead effective senior leadership team (SLT) meetings. You will also find a KeyDoc template for taking meeting minutes.
    • School business manager (SBM) training and qualifications See what training is available for SBMs. Find links to specific diplomas in school business management, as well as qualifications in accountancy and other specialist areas of running a school.
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  • Managing CPD
    • Coaching in schools Is there information on coaching in schools? This article looks at conditions needed for effective coaching, and elements of effective coaching, citing a range of guidance and CPD Toolkit from The Key. You will also find case studies from schools on their use of coaching.
    • Continuing professional development (CPD): action plan and programmes Plan ahead and keep on top of your continuing professional development (CPD) provision with our template action plan. Plus, see how other schools organise their CPD programmes.
    • Developing a CPD programme How can we develop a CPD programme? Our associate education experts offer advice on designing and implementing a CPD programme. You will also find KeyDocs for recording qualifications and training needs and surveying staff career aspirations. We also highlight how CPD can boost staff retention.
    • Evaluating the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) How can I identify the impact of CPD in my school? This article relays advice from one of our associate experts, and points to advice on evaluating continuing professional development (CPD). It also points to further articles from The Key, and the teachers’ professional development standard.
    • Evaluation of CPD and INSET: proformas Are there any forms for evaluating CPD courses and INSET training? In this article, you will find downloadable KeyDoc training session evaluation proformas, which we produced with one of our associate experts. We also point to other examples of evaluation forms.
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    • Assessing staff knowledge of phonics Are there resources to assess staff knowledge of phonics? This article highlights activities and quizzes to assess staff knowledge of phonics. We also relay advice from one of our experts on what should be included in a subject knowledge audit.
    • Informal lesson observation by peers How can peer observation be used to support CPD? This article relays guidance from the NUT on the potential benefits of peer observation for teaching staff, and looks at 7 principles it sets out. We also point to videos and case studies of peer observation practice in schools.
    • Manual handling: training Are there guides on running manual handling training? We link to information from the HSE on what manual handling training should include. We also link to examples of manual handling training providers, and courses for those running manual handling training.
    • Organising CPD activities for teaching assistants Are there examples of training activities for teaching assistants (TAs)? One of our associate education experts provides examples of activities to help TAs support pupils during lessons. We also link to the CPD Toolkit from The Key, which looks at optimising the impact of TAs.
    • Supporting all teachers who teach pupils with SEN How can schools train all teachers to be 'teachers of SEN'? Two of our associate experts set out first steps in training teachers to be 'teachers of special educational needs (SEN)'. We cite guidance from nasen and link to more of our articles.
    • Team-building activities for INSET days What team-building activities can I use on an INSET day? This article looks at ice-breaker and team-building activities suggested specifically for schools, and some that are suggested for use in a variety of contexts. It also looks at advice on choosing team-building activities.
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