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Professional Learning: Never been better?⤴

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Through the Into Headship programme, I was fortunate enough to listen to Gayle Gorman at one of our national conferences. She spoke passionately about taking the politics out of education in what can be seen in her quote below.

Move from a politically driven to a professionally led system.

Gayle Gorman, HMIe Chief Inspector, Education Scotland (April 2018)

It made me consider the importance and value of professional learning and the huge potential we have already within our education system. And made me reflect on there never has been a better time in Scottish education for professional learning.

Professional learning is at the heart of the GTCS Standards, enshrined in How Good is Our School? 4 and a key feature of professional practice across Scotland.

National Model for Professional Learning

In light of our recent move to the online world, it is now time to reflect on the professional learning opportunities available to all in Scottish education and beyond. Arguably, the way in which we engage with our learning will change as a result of organisations, charities, Education Scotland and local authorities adapting to this new world. Will we ever attend a course in person again? Probably. However, we may experience a wider range of opportunities as people are now comfortable with attending online lectures and conferences. It may in fact open up more opportunities where previously people were unable to attend.

With a five yearly focus on Professional Update and an annual review process encouraging all teachers to reflect on their learning, I do feel like we are in a good position. However, is it tokenism and does this help with our drive for high quality learning and teaching? That is a question teachers will need to reflect upon individually, however I think it does and believe that high quality PRDs link in with school improvement which in turn impacts on pupils learning.

I would argue that there is an increasing shift away from attending a course. We now have podcasts and blogs being developed at pace right across the education system. There are also pop events and conference organised by and for teachers. It is encouraging to see this organic movement but does beg the question what the formal organisations responsible for the delivery of professional learning are doing about it. For example, the recent change to the Scottish learning festival which will now be organised by the professional learning and leadership directorate instead of the wider education Scotland. And what about the role of local authorities? Teachers are professionals and are more than skilled and capable to collaborate themselves however are they being failed by the wider formal structures which should be providing a service? I’ll let you comment on that!

The focus on leadership development has also been a key focus, and remains so. With the development of the framework for leadership and the many online learning modules created to support the different categories:

Professional learning

School leadership

System leadership

Middle leadership

Teacher leaderhsip

I do think we are now at a stage where our professional learning opportunities are excellent in terms of the choice and breadth, however we do now need to consider the depth and quality of professional learning. Perhaps this is where we need to consider again a masters level approach so that each professional learning engagement is supported by a university and contributes towards something like a qualification. This would help bring coherence to our overloaded system and also support the idea of high quality in depth learning.

Lastly, we need to recognise the potential knowledge and experience within our schools, universities and local authorities as it currently stands. Each school could have specialisms which they could share their experiences in which may foster greater collaboration. We need to reduce our reliance on courses which are paid for. The reason for this is that as budgets tighten then fewer people can benefit from this and I believe we don’t always have the quality when CPD companies churn out another course with little consideration for the person attending. If we had a greater collaborative culture across schools where we could regularly share in our own in-house developed programmes, this would reduce the competition aspect within education.

Therefore, I believe we have many opportunities in the years ahead and that there has never been a better time to engage in professional learning in Scottish education.

I’ll leave you with a few questions:

1. What is needed to ensure every teacher values their own learning just as much as the learning of the young people?

2. How do we ensure effective collaboration to build upon the organic movement already taking place? Do we need organisations like Education Scotland and local authorities to fulfil the role of professional learning or is this up to individuals?

Please feel free to comment underneath the post on twitter.

Episode 25 – An EduBlether with Haili Hughes (John Catt Educational Series)⤴

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Our first episode in the John Catt Educational Series.

In Part 1 of our John Catt series we interview Haili Hughes on her new book ‘Preserving Positivity’. This is a wide-ranging discussion all about how best to keep experienced educators in the classroom, as well as looking at the reasons why so many teachers leave the profession. We discuss some of the similarities and differences between Scotland and England to identify the similarities and differences. While dealing with complex and challenging aspects of teaching, the book is pragmatic and optimistic, as was this conversation.

This episode is kindly sponsored by
John Catt Educational http://www.johncattbookshop.com
@HughesHaili
@JohnCattEd

Episode 8 – Scottish education’s PRD⤴

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In this episode, we carry out Scottish education’s PRD to analyse: what’s going well? What has been challenging? What are the next steps? And what support is needed in order to get there? We also have our usual features of #InTheNews #WeRecommend and #InspiredBy. We have been inspired by #PortyLF and @SirJJones #MagicWeavingBusiness and we recommend @Mattforde and @ThePoliticalParty podcast.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/edublether/episode-8-scottish-educations-prd

Episode 6 – Top tips for getting your next teaching job⤴

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Listen to Episode 6 – Getting your next teaching job

In this episode of EduBlether, we focus on getting your next teaching post.  @edublether provide you with top ten tips in getting your next teaching post.  We also have the usual features: in the news, we recommend and inspired by. Please check out edublether.wordpress.com and rate us on iTunes.

Considering Starting Teaching Spanish? Do Not Fear-Help is at Hand…⤴

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Spanish has steadily  been growing in popularity in the secondary MFL classroom over the past ten year. It is now considered as an attractive alternative to other European languages such as French and German.
A few years back, French and German seemed to be the perfect combination to find a job as a languages teacher in England. Spanish was growing but despite the appeal of Spanish holidays and the credibility of a language spoken all around the world, many schools were still hesitating to add Spanish to their language curriculum.
Although there are now many native speakers of Spanish teaching in England, a lot of colleagues who were originally trained to teach French and German, are being asked to add Spanish to their foreign language repertoire. Depending on their starting points, this can be seen as a daunting task…
 
I was delighted to be approached by Osiris to enable me to share my experiences as a non-native Spanish teacher in England as I have had extensive experience over the past twenty years to set up Spanish in a number of schools and support colleagues in developing their own language skills in Spanish.
I know that many MFL teachers are currently developing their language skills in Spanish in order to meet increasing demand in schools and colleges and I am aiming to provide a complete guide to setting up and enhancing Spanish teaching.
OK, the course is called “Perfect Spanish Teaching”, but I will aim to remain realistic. The idea is for the course to start a quest for constant development and improvement-one I am still on, for that matter-rather than provide a magic wand to make us all perfect by the end of the day. If only…
I will focus on:
Assessment, feedback and progress planning
Grammar teaching
Phonics
Use of authentic resources
Independent learning (for pupils and teachers!)
Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham on 21stNovember or in London on 1st December.
Click here for more details

Considering Starting Teaching Spanish? Do Not Fear-Help is at Hand…⤴

from @ My Languages


Spanish has steadily  been growing in popularity in the secondary MFL classroom over the past ten year. It is now considered as an attractive alternative to other European languages such as French and German.
A few years back, French and German seemed to be the perfect combination to find a job as a languages teacher in England. Spanish was growing but despite the appeal of Spanish holidays and the credibility of a language spoken all around the world, many schools were still hesitating to add Spanish to their language curriculum.
Although there are now many native speakers of Spanish teaching in England, a lot of colleagues who were originally trained to teach French and German, are being asked to add Spanish to their foreign language repertoire. Depending on their starting points, this can be seen as a daunting task…
 
I was delighted to be approached by Osiris to enable me to share my experiences as a non-native Spanish teacher in England as I have had extensive experience over the past twenty years to set up Spanish in a number of schools and support colleagues in developing their own language skills in Spanish.
I know that many MFL teachers are currently developing their language skills in Spanish in order to meet increasing demand in schools and colleges and I am aiming to provide a complete guide to setting up and enhancing Spanish teaching.
OK, the course is called “Perfect Spanish Teaching”, but I will aim to remain realistic. The idea is for the course to start a quest for constant development and improvement-one I am still on, for that matter-rather than provide a magic wand to make us all perfect by the end of the day. If only…
I will focus on:
Assessment, feedback and progress planning
Grammar teaching
Phonics
Use of authentic resources
Independent learning (for pupils and teachers!)
Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham on 21stNovember or in London on 1st December.
Click here for more details