Differentiation: audit tools and resourcesIs 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.
ICT and computing skills audits for school staffYou 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 teachersHow 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 staffAre 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.
Middle and senior leaders' skills: analysis toolsAre 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.
Primary computing curriculum: skills audit for staffAre there examples of skills audit for the computing curriculum? This article highlights a staff skills audit for the primary computing curriculum. It refers to 'I Can' statements based on the computing curriculum and looks at proposed subject knowledge requirements for computer science teachers.
Skills audit for an SEN teaching assistantIs 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 auditAre 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 auditAre 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 auditDownload 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.
Developing senior leaders for headshipHow 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 teamHow 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: guidanceIs 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 meetingsHow 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.
Approaches to CPD: what is the current thinking?What is the current thinking on approaches to CPD? In this article, we look at research into effective CPD, as well as articles from The Key on CPD action plans, and developing a CPD programme. You will also find a case study from a teaching school on CPD across schools.
Coaching in schoolsIs 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.
Developing a CPD programmeHow 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.
Disaggregated INSET daysHow do disaggregated INSET days work? Schools are free to determine their own arrangements for disaggregating INSET days. This article relays advice from the DfE and ASCL on disaggregated INSET days and looks at examples of their use. We also look at communicating this to staff and parents.
Effective CPD: what does the research suggest?What does research say about what makes for effective CPD? To help you think about how to make continuing professional development (CPD) in your school more effective, we look at reviews of relevant research, and highlight common themes.
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: proformasAre 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.
Presenting the impact of a CPD courseHow can the impact of a CPD course be clearly presented? We relay advice from 2 of our associate education experts and a teaching school on reporting and presenting the impact of a CPD course. We also link to another of our articles, which looks at evaluating the impact of CPD.
Assessing staff knowledge of phonicsAre 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.
Differentiation: training resourcesAre there materials for staff training on differentiation strategies? We link to presentations, activities and articles on differentiation that could be used in staff training sessions. This includes strategies for supporting pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and those who are more able.
Informal lesson observation by peersHow 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: trainingAre 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 assistantsAre 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 SENHow 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 daysWhat 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.