June 24th, 2011
Lots of you will remember the funding that Scottish Government provided to every local authority in 2006/2007 to support a range of coaching and mentoring projects. Given the renewed interest in this topic, as discussed at the recent CPD Network meeting, I thought it might be helpful to remind you of the outcomes from this piece of work. Below you will find the final report which contains a large number of case studies reflecting the wide range of activity that was supported by this funding.
June 9th, 2011
Recently a few members of the CPD team visited the Teacher Development Agency in Birmingham. We were invited by John Westwell who heads up one of the Directorates in the TDA following a visit he and colleagues made to Edinburgh earlier in the year. We were keen to learn more about the work of the agency, and to explore any potential for shared activity or learning. A fuller report of what we learned will follow later, but we were particularly interested in the National Framework for Mentoring and Coaching which was first published by CUREE (Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education) in 2005, as part of the DfES’s CPD strategy. The Framework offers some principles of mentoring and coaching, some core concepts, describes skills for coaching and mentoring and offers a “non-prescriptive” comparison between coaching and mentoring.
I am aware that there is a lot of interest in coaching and mentoring in relation to CPD, and there are some useful articles and case studies on this site. Well worth a read!
June 3rd, 2011
CPDStepin (the national community for supply teachers on Glow) is hosting a major online event for educators in Scotland in the week beginning 13th June. Each evening at 7pm, we will feature a CPDMeet on the theme of Additional Support for Learning:
- Monday 13th – Suzanne Morris, Understanding and supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Tuesday 14th – Margaret Orr, The relationship between CfE and ASL legislation
- Wednesday 15th – Hilery Williams, Understanding and supporting children with dyslexia
- Thursday 16th – Kate Coutts, Child at the centre or centre of the child?
All educators with a Glow username and password are very welcome. For more details and sign-up, please see the CPDStepin Summer Summit on Glow