Developing support staff, using the apprenticeship levy and new events for 2018/19!
Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the latest CPD update from the Teacher Development Trust. As we approach the end of a fantastic academic year, we wish you all a restful and relaxing summer break! In this issue you will find:
Lots of advice on high-quality CPD for support staff
New guidance for schools on how to use the apprenticeship levy
An update on our CPD Excellence Hub, funded by TLIF
Our summer reading recommendations
…and plenty more!
Happy 5th Birthday to the TDT Network!
Last week we celebrated the 5th birthday of the TDT Network. Our mission is simple – we bring together schools and colleges to provide them with world class, evidence-informed professional learning, with the power to raise attainment, reduce inequality and to transform their organisations.
To mark the occasion, our Chief Executive, David Weston used the TDT blog to reflect on how the Network has supported hundreds of schools and colleges to transform their CPD.
Top tips on meeting the CPD needs of your support staff
Teaching assistants make up a quarter of the mainstream education workforce, yet many schools still struggle to account for this split when allocating time and resource to their CPD programmes, despite the clear impact it could have on student outcomes.
Maria Cunningham, TDT's Network Development Officer and John Collier, Expert Adviser for the Stoke CPD Excellence Hub, offer some first-hand case studies and practical advice to SecEd Magazine.
Are you an existing or aspiring school CPD leader looking to take the next step in your career? TDT are offering 20 spaces to a brand new cohort of individuals interested in designing a school-wide programme of professional development.
Participants will attend three sessions throughout the next academic year on 8th November 2018, 6th December 2018 and 7th March 2010, led by David Weston. The course will support in designing a 2019/20 CPD plan, for submission as part of a portfolio of evidence to gain professional accreditation as a TDT Associate.
For more information or to apply to the programme click here or call 020 3961 6794.
How to use the Apprenticeship Levy
The DfE recently published a guide which includes key information on how your school can use apprenticeships to benefit your workforce, and how the apprenticeship levy can apply to schools.
The guidance states: “You can use apprenticeships to provide training that is tailored to the needs and requirements of your school, with learning in the workplace, as well as through formal training, to minimise disruption and maximise impact.” For more information, click the button below.
School Workforce in England
It's no secret that the teaching workforce is experiencing crisis when it comes to recruitment and retention. This latest summary from the Department for Education presents some shocking findings, including that the rate of entry into teaching and leavers out of teaching are now at the same level.
Supporting teachers to develop and thrive is urgent as ever. At TDT we've helped schools to transform CPD and dramatically minimise staff turnover. Get in touch to know more!
What do maths teacher shortages mean for pupils?
This report from Rebecca Allen and Sam Sims at Education Datalab presents the findings from the Nuffield-funded project to explore how shortages of maths teachers affect the within-in school allocation of maths teachers to pupils.
Well worth a read for some interesting findings on where schools are struggling to recruit and retain maths teachers, and how these are allocated to different Key Stages.
But that is NOT AN ASSESSMENT!
Off the back of his presentation at this year's Wellington Education Festival, Professor Rob Coe (Durham University CEM Centre) published this highly-recommended blog entry on why we need to reclaim the word 'data'.
Rather than "a pointless exercise in collecting meaningless numbers and feeding them into a system that can have no possible benefit for learners", Professor Coe offers five criteria for assessment which uses data in a meaningful and valuable way.