CPD Picks of The Week

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Do behaviour management policies do more harm than good?

After a short break, we’re back with our CPD Picks of the Week, providing you with our top 5 blogs, a popular wellbeing resource, a CPD spotlight on exams and education news from elsewhere!

Top 5 blogs

  1. Behaviour Management Policies: More Harm Than Good? – Is it time to rethink the way we deal with poor behaviour?
  2. 47 Wellbeing Tips For Teachers – How do we take teacher wellbeing seriously?
  3. Six Models of Lesson Observation – What do OfSTED want to gain from lesson observations?
  4. Educational Fads: Sitting In Rows – Do your students sit in rows?
  5. 11 Ways To Develop A Growth Mindset – How can we truly embrace a growth mindset across a school?

Resource of the week

In the last half of the last term of the year, make sure you don’t let yourself get into bad habits, working too hard and not keeping a check on your wellbeing. Print out the 5 minute wellbeing plan and scribble down your anxieties and worries, making a plan for how you can look after yourself before school’s out.
5 min wellbeing plan
14. The 5 Minute Well-Being Plan

CPD Spotlight: Exams

With exam season upon us, here are some blogposts to help you deal with the pressure and help your students with last minute cramming.

From elsewhere

  • According to new research published in the International Journal of Science Education. Extracurricular activities in science, such as after school clubs, may help to increase scientific aspirations of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman told the TES recently that carrying out no notice inspections of schools is something Ofsted would ‘definitely’ like to try out again.
  • Ali Oliver, chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, says that accessible, inclusive and purposeful sport, play and PE all hold the key to tackling mental health issues.
  • In the Daily Telegraph, it was reported that the grandson of the father of modern playgrounds (Charles Wicksteed) thinks that modern playgrounds have become sanitised by “nanny state” and “snowflake” parents. Are our playgrounds too safe?
  • The Independent report that Islamophobic and antisemitic parents are abusing the right to selectively withdraw their children from religious education lessons due to their prejudices and the  government should step in.
  • The House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement’s report, The Ties that Bind: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century, has been published. It says that the government must take urgent action to improve citizenship education after allowing it to “degrade to a parlous state”. It recommends that “The Government should establish a target of having enough trained citizenship teachers to have a citizenship specialist in every secondary school.”
  • Schools should allow ‘flex’ in behaviour policies to avoid exclusions, according to Jules Daulby, director of education at The Driver Youth Trust. Giving evidence to the  education select committee inquiry into alternative provision, Ms Daulby said that schools need more incentives to avoid exclusions.

Have a good week and let us know which one of our top 5 blogposts you find most useful!

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