CPD Picks of the Week

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Publisher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for over 6 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job,...
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How can you support children with SEND?

This week’s spotlight is on Special Educational Needs, offering blogposts covering a range of learning difficulties found in the classroom. You can also practise your prioritising skills with our In Tray resource and find our workload and wellbeing health check in our top blogs of the week.

Top 5 blogs

  1. 5 Ways To Make Knowledge Stick – How can you prepare students for their exams?
  2. Workload and Wellbeing Checklist – How do you know if your school is genuinely reducing teacher workload?
  3. What Is Differentiation All About? – What does differentiation actually mean?
  4. 9 Teaching Ideas To Bin – What teaching ideas would you like to say goodbye to in 2018?
  5. 20 Years of Educational Fads – Over the past 20 years, what do you think teachers have wasted their time doing most?

Resource of the week

A common task in an interview, especially for a more senior role in schools, is an in-tray task. It will involve reviewing a list of tasks and prioritising and delegating the different items. One of our most popular resources is a practice in-tray exercise created by Ross Morrison McGill. Give it a go in preparation for your next interview, or to just generally practise your prioritising skills. The ‘how to’ blog is here, and you can download the resource here.

CPD Spotlight: Special Educational Needs

Most teachers will have a range of educational needs in their classroom and they’ll need to have at level of understanding of each type of special educational need and the best way to help those students. Here’s some information and guidance on some of the different learning difficulties that are often found in schools.

From elsewhere

  1. Only 10% of teachers use textbooks in more than half their lessons, and even fewer expect to be doing so by 2020;
  2. Teachers have been trained to believe that they need to make as many of their own resources as possible, adding significantly to their workload;
  3. Many teachers rely too much on unregulated and free online resources, many of which are poor quality.

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