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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 Skills audits can help you identify the CPD staff need to deliver a high-quality computing or ICT curriculum. See examples of audits from computing organisations and a local authority.
  • 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 Go 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 Use 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 Help your staff improve their performance, while creating a more collaborative culture through coaching. Find out what makes an effective coach and how you can make it work in your school.
    • How to develop, monitor and evaluate a CPD programme Find out how to create a professional development programme that’s tailored to the needs of your staff and your school. Learn how to write a CPD action plan, monitor your CPD, and use our template forms to collect feedback and evaluate the programme's impact.
    • Improve staff wellbeing and pupil outcomes by taking a personalised approach to staff CPD NewThe Duston School has seen big improvements in staff wellbeing and retention, as well as pupil performance, by providing an environment where staff can take charge of their own development. See how it was done, and how you can do it too.
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    • Assessing staff phonics knowledge: audit and resources UpdatedDownload and share our subject knowledge audit with staff, and find further resources to help you assess your staff's understanding of phonics.
    • 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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