Speed-dating is a teacher training format where people can come together to rapidly exchange teaching strategies, moving from one space to another to share solutions to classroom problems. It works and teachers love it!
This resource explains offers the templates for teachers to organise the event and get started. There is also a case study from St. James School in Exeter explaining what impact it had on teaching staff.
With reducing budgets and increasing contact time, it is increasingly difficult for headteachers to make CPD top of the priority.
Research suggests that “duration and rhythm of effective CPD support requires a longer-term focus.”
Create a shift in the culture of professional learning and help staff recognise a model their learning. Do this by having informal conversations with each other about teaching. Designing a transparent menu that is differentiated and planned can be one huge step forward for any school. Setting this into the calendar and protecting this at all costs makes CPD a priority, even if it is 30 minutes after school, once a month
Happier schools create the conditions for all teachers to have a voice, to come together to discuss complex, classroom problems. I’ve trialled this idea in my own schools as well as other schools I’ve worked with across the world. It’s a fantastic strategy to bring teachers together to share! You can also read 10 ways to organise CPD beyond the standard model most schools deploy…
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