Improving learning and teaching: CPD activities
Six continuing professional development (CPD) activities to help you review and improve current practice. Find the objective of the activities, resources you will need and a step-by-step process that you can follow.
Use these activities with the Quality Standards and the 'Learning and teaching in action' section of Element 5 of Primary Stronger Management Systems (SMS).
You can adapt the activities to reflect your school's structure and intended outcomes. This could involve cross-school collaboration to share and broaden expertise beyond your own school context.
Select a heading to read the activity and create a sequence of professional development over time.
- Exploring learning and teaching through cross-school collaboration
Across a partnership or group of schools identify areas you agree to be hard to learn and hard to teach. Agree on one aspect that could be explored further through collaborative learning. This may include:
- shared work in classrooms
- observing children in each others' schools
- talking with children
- drawing on expertise to further develop subject knowledge, skills and understanding.
Monitor the impact of this collaborative learning on learning and teaching and children's outcomes. Share key learning across your schools.
- Developing active learners
Reflecting on three children with a range of ability and skills, consider:
- What has enabled their progress?
- What have proved barriers to their progress?
Download the handout Developing pupils as active and successful learners (PDF-20 KB) Attachments for use with this activity. Using this handout, consider:
- Are there any other key areas (boxes) that support the development of active and successful learners that are missing?
- What other factors within each key area need to be added?
Download the Refining practice (DOC-30 KB) Attachments handout for use with this activity. Using this handout, consider changes to be trialled to further develop your identified three children as active learners.
Ask colleagues to observe and feedback on the impact of your changes on child engagement and outcomes.
- Active learning and achievement
Using tracking, identify a group of underachieving children across the school.
Download the handout Developing pupils as active and successful learners (PDF-20 KB) Attachments for use with this activity. Using this handout carry out a Learning Walk. Consider:
- Which aspects are successfully supporting these children as active learners?
- What needs to change to make sure these children become more successful learners?
- How will these changes be facilitated?
- Will any feature in next term's single plan?
- How will this be fed back to the staff and the governing body?
- Scaffolding motivation
Share a recent activity that motivated your class. Consider the following:
- What was it that hooked the children in?
- Why did this activity motivate all learners when other activities haven’t?
- What social and emotional skills do children who sit on the left of the grid on the handout have in relation to teaching and learning?
- How does this compare with children who sit on the right?
- How can we scaffold a move from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation?
- Using pupil voice to inform learning and teaching
Through conferencing explore with children what they feel makes a good lesson.
As a whole school, analyse the findings and agree actions to further improve the quality of teaching and learning at:
- personal level
- year group/phase level
- whole-school level.
Revisit the same children at the end of term. Do they feel anything has improved?
- Children as active participants in parent/teaching consultations
Coach children to become active participants in parent/teacher consultation meetings. This may include:
- modelling appropriate behaviours
- developing the language of learning.
Encourage governors to take part in measuring the impact of this strategy to help parents further support their children.