This is a guest blog post I wrote for Bloomsbury Education Blog last month. Read the original piece here.
Series editor and author of Marking and Feedback, Sarah Findlater, explains how designing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme can be daunting…but whether you are looking to better your own practice or coach your colleagues, the Bloomsbury CPD Library is here to help!
This series is such a exciting project for me to be involved in. When we were sitting down as a team to plan out what the books would look like and how they would work it was clear to me that this was going to be something quite special. The books in this series are written by teachers for teachers. Everything in them is designed to be practical and help teachers reflect and to improve their practice.
The teaching and learning titles in the series are split into two sections. Section one takes you through the essentials of the topic and gives you tools to improve and reflect upon your own practice. There is all that you need to secure your knowledge in the teaching and learning area and feel confident that you have fully developed your knowledge and practice. The second section is designed to help you train others. Whether that is your departmental team, a group of teachers across different areas or on a whole school level. This section provides pick up and use now CPD plans and resources and guidance. There are free electronic resources that you can download and adapt for your CPD sessions. Such a time saver!
The first book to be released in the series is Marking and Feedback. The train yourself section in this book takes you through assessing your own marking and feedback practices and secures your knowledge on the topic. I take you through all the different types of marking out there. Then I explore all the big theories and ideas in terms of marking and feedback and give you practical ways you can apply these in your everyday practice. I then show you a practical and research based approach to cyclical marking and feedback and how it can be used for impact in the classroom. There are a number of self-reflection tools that allow you to deeply analyse your own practice. After all it is essential to know yourself in order to guide others.
The second section of the book guides you through best approaches to planning and running your own CPD. It also provides you with pick up and use now fully resourced and detailed plans for CPD sessions on marking and feedback. There are full plans and resources covering full day training, extended twilight sessions, action research sessions and a full term’s worth of weekly after school training sessions. All plans have downloadable, editable power points and supporting resources on the website to go with the plans – so you really can just pick it up and use it if you so wish, or you can adapt it for your setting very easily.
CPD is so important and we have too little time in schools to do it well. This resource really will support you to get more out of your in school CPD provision as it does a lot of the research and ground work for you.