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  • Differentiation: audit tools and resources Download our audit to invite teachers to reflect on their use of differentiation in areas such as questioning, resources and tasks set. See if these examples of differentiation strategies could work for you.
  • Headteachers' Standards 2020: self-assessment tool Use our template to check your performance against the Headteachers' Standards 2020, and highlight areas for improvement.
  • 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.
  • Literacy teaching: skills audit for staff See examples of literacy skills audits, and get expert advice on auditing staff members’ GPS skills.
  • 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 leaders' skills audit UpdatedGo beyond the minimum expectations of the Teachers' Standards and assess yourself against the skills you'll need to progress in your role as a phase, department or subject lead.
  • Skills audit for science teaching (primary) Download and adapt our questions to help you audit subject knowledge among your science teachers.
  • 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 UpdatedUse our audit to assess your teachers' professional development needs against the Teachers' Standards, so you can plan for the next appraisal period. The audit is up-to-date with the latest Ofsted inspection framework and current thinking around teaching and learning best practice.
  • Teaching assistant (TA): skills audit Use our skills audit to help your teaching assistants (TAs) - including those supporting pupils with special educational needs (SEN) - identify their strengths and make plans to nurture their skills.
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  • Leadership CPD
    • 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.
    • How to develop your middle leaders As a senior leader, you'll always be looking out for up-and-coming talent among your staff. Learn how to show your middle leaders that you recognise their potential and take action to grow it within your school, so you can develop the next generation of senior leaders.
    • 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 Download our training session evaluation proformas to help you evaluate how CPD and INSET training sessions are going.
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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.
    • 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.
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