CPD Picks of The Week

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Will you get outside before the term’s out?

This week’s CPD Picks of the week includes a spotlight on outdoor learning and our popular TakeAwayHwk resource. Add that to our top 5 reads and education news from elsewhere and you’ve got your week’s reading sorted!

Top 5 blogs

  1. Freedom Of Information: School Inspection – Do OfSTED inspectors re-draft handwritten notes to suit an overall inspection outcome?
  2. 10 Pieces of ICT Equipment For Every Classroom – If money was no option, what 10 ICT tools would you use in your classroom?
  3. Word Gaps: 5 Strategies To Boost Vocabulary – What strategies can we use to improve vocabulary?
  4. Festival of Education 2018 – How can we celebrate teaching, stay connected and disseminate the latest research?
  5. Educational Fad: The Three-Part Lesson – Do your lessons follow a recipe?

Resource of the week

This week we feature the very popular and much reproduced #TakeAwayHmk! How do you deliver homework in your classroom? Do your students regularly complete their homework? Are you thinking of reviewing your offering in September?

The aim of Takeaway Homework is to empower students, giving them choice over the homework they complete and therefore motivating them to engage and complete it. If you haven’t already, take a read of the blog and get started on your homework menu!

CPD spotlight: Outdoor learning

Now that the summer is here – and it is actually sunny – take the opportunity to get outside with your students before the term ends. Here are our some blogposts on outdoor learning to inspire you:

From elsewhere

  • New evidence from the Nuffield Foundation, secondary school pupils in the most disadvantaged schools are being hit hardest by England’s maths teacher shortages.
  • The first Textbook Summit was held recently where education experts from around the world met to discuss how to use textbooks to improve education for every child and help tackle teacher workload.
  • Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief, launches a behaviour blitz telling delegates at the Wellington Festival of Education saying that she wants to “see behaviour get the attention it deserves in our inspections, probably through a separate behaviour and attitudes judgement.”
  • Published with the school mental health organisation “Minds Ahead”,  LKMco have a new report out – Schools and Youth Mental Health.
  • At the TES Awards 2018, overall school of the year was awarded to Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families in Corby. Read about the other winners here.

Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Book Publisher and TEFL teacher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for 5 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.

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