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.