What’s so special about CPD at Little Ilford?

The best CPD has a measurable impact on the progress of students.  For this reason, we believe in giving our staff dedicated training time, delivered during twilights.  All staff take part in CPD and follow long-term courses, chosen from an extensive menu, facilitated by both our excellent internal CPD team and by external specialists.  We spend a long time planning the CPD offer each year, responding to staff voice and carefully considering what our school data and information tells us about what our students need.  

There is a real buzz around school when there is a CPD twilight taking place.  Our sessions are dynamic and engaging, with a good balance of theory and practice.  Staff work towards producing a case study in response to a research question, focusing on six students they teach.  During the sessions, facilitators provide readings, strategies and action research tasks which are relevant to the theme of the course so that staff can try out ideas on their focus students and begin to measure the impact.  We use the CUREE ‘eye diagram’ to ensure that we maintain our focus on the students and their needs.

We know that our CPD is effective because our case studies show us the impact on our students and our staff have rated our CPD higher than national levels according to a Kirkland Rowell survey.  We also know because we are regularly visited by other schools and have been asked to share our practice by organisations such as CUREE, SSAT and WomenEd.

What do the staff say?

“I have been teaching for over 30 years and it has been refreshing to have CPD in school that has challenged me to improve my practice and so become an even better teacher.”

'My chosen CPD course has been a brilliant means to refresh strategies and experiment with new ones. The step-by-step nature of the course has allowed for me to be a more reflective practitioner. I have had the opportunity to implement strategies and develop them further to help improve the progress of my students"  

“The structure of CPD at LIS is robust and supportive. As a middle leader it is difficult to make time for myself to develop my practice but by having CPD such as NAML available in school has helped me immensely within my role. CPD at our school helped me to become a competent leader and make a more meaningful contribution to the development of our team.”

‘LIS is a school committed to ensuring the continued professional development of every member of staff, and I have been impressed by the standard and quality of the training provided. Whilst working here, I’ve always been challenged and motivated to develop my own pedagogy, and it has been particularly encouraging to know that I have the full support of an inclusive and progressive school in doing so.’

“My chosen CPD course had a profoundly positive effect on my practice and confidence in trying new strategies.   I particularly focused on scaffolding for extended pieces of writing with students who were less able to access scientific language. The results were striking in their improvement from previous work. I would love as many of my department as possible to complete this course, simply because it achieves very positive outcomes for both the teacher’s practice and the quality of written work from the students.”

What’s so special?  A summary:

  • Focused on needs of students
  • Impact on students is measured through case studies
  • Our planning responds directly to staff voice and staff needs
  • Breadth of courses, e.g. Creativity, Metacognition and Lesson Study, Literacy, Tech Lab, Complex Needs, Behaviour for Learning
  • Facilitated by our own excellent staff as well as outside specialists
  • Long-term courses which include action research and academic theory
  • Staff are given time for CPD in twilights
  • There is the opportunity to attend external CPD, including leadership courses such as NPQSL and ML
  • We are the leading London hub for the SSAT Lead Practitioner course
  • Opportunities to attend external CPD, such as subject-specialist courses, exam board training and conferences
  • Staff rated it above national levels in whole staff survey
  • Focused on whole school priorities including INSET days
  • We work with organisations such as CUREE and SSAT to improve our practice
  • Asked to share with other schools and organisations e.g. at WomenEd and SSAT conferences
  • Staff have the opportunity to hear nationally-renowned speakers: most recently David Didau, Alison Peacock and John West-Burnham.

CPD is extremely popular and highly rated by members of staff. We regularly welcome visitors from other schools who have heard or read about our good practice and want to see our CPD sessions in action. We are lucky to draw on the expertise of our T&L team who deliver the CPD sessions to a very high standard.

If you would like to read more about CPD at LIS please read the following article published in the SSAT Sunday Supplement https://www.ssatuk.co.uk/blog/ring-in-the-new-cpd/



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