Continual Professional Development Experts

It has long been accepted that teachers learn best from each other. I want to support teachers’ peer-to-peer learning by providing stimulus discussion material in the form of short films for use in staff training sessions as part of our community page.

I am delighted that we already have a range of leading educationalist who I admire for their capacity to offer challenge and support to school improvement work. I plan to build a comprehensive library of CPD films which will be a free resource to schools.

I have included a link to some of the books our presenters have written which provide an outstanding source of discussion to enable you to further reflect on your own teaching practice.

If there are any topics you would like to suggest for future film content, please let me know and I look forward to your feedback.

Thanks,
Sarah

Please insert your email address to access our CPD library of film and receive future product update notifications.

Email

Sign up today for as
little as £1.57 per child

GET A DEMO

Dr. Jo Saxton asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: How Young Can You Start With A Knowledge Based Curriculum?

We posted a hashtage on twitter #askhirsch. Dr. Jo Saxton asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: How Young Can You Start With A Knowledge Based Curriculum? Listen to the film to find out Don's response.

Continue...

Claire Birkenshaw asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: In Your Opinion, Who Should Make Our Curriculum Content Decisions?

We posted a hashtage on twitter #askhirsch. Claire Birkenshaw ‏(@C_Birkenshaw) submitted the following question: In Your Opinion, Who Should Make Our Curriculum Content Decisions? Listen to the film to find out Don's response.

Continue...

Ben Barton asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: If there was a core to core knowledge what would it be?

We posted a hashtage on twitter #askhirsch. Ben Barton ‏(@bartoneducation) submitted the following question: If There Was A Core To Core Knowledge What Would It Be? Listen to the film to find out Don's response.

Continue...

Dr. E. D. Hirsch shares his vision for a curriculum in a democracy

Hirsch shares his vision for a curriculum in a democracy then asks, 'What Are You Doing To Build Your Pupils' Infantry of Knowledge?'
Hirsch make reference to Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, where education is used as a tool for emancipating working class individuals. Eliza gets uprooted and has to give up personal feature. Language is linked up with...

Continue...

David Didau asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: What Shared Knowledge Do All Pupils Need To Know In Your School Community?

We posted a hashtage on twitter #askhirsch. David Didau ‏(@DavidDidau) submitted the following question: What Shared Knowledge Do All Pupils Need To Know In Your School Community? Listen to the film to find out Don's response.

Continue...

Ros Wilson asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: Should educators take control of educational policy, specifically testing?

We posted a hashtage on twitter #askhirsch. Ros Wilson ‏(@rosBIGWRITING) submitted the following question: Should educators take control of educational policy, specifically testing? Listen to the film to find out Don's response.

Continue...

Laura McInerney‏ asked Dr. E. D. Hirsch: How Would You Develop A List Of Core Knowledge To Be Taught Across A Group Of Schools?

We posted a hashtage on twitter #askhirsch. Laura McInerney‏ (@miss_mcinerney) from Schools Week submitted the following question: How Would You Develop A List Of Core Knowledge To Be Taught Across A Group Of Schools? Listen to the film to find out Don's response.

Continue...

4. Dr. E. D. Hirsch Jr. - What are you going to do to make the National Curriculum more concrete?

Hirsch has two big ideas:

1. We all need cultural literacy... certain facts, ideas and knowledge of literary works that he says people need to know in order to operate effectively as citizens of the country in which they live.2. Children need to learn facts in a highly organised and structured way... therefore creating the imperative to get...

Continue...

3. Dr. E. D. Hirsch Jr. - How can you make an assessment system fair?

Hirsch’s work and output span decades, but a principal thrust of his ideas can be summarized thusly: reading comprehension is not a “skill” we can teach directly, practice, or master. It is not like riding a bike, where if you learn on one you can ride another with ease. Once you learn to “decode” the words on a page, your ability to read with u...

Continue...

2. Dr. E. D. Hirsch Jr. - What Would You Do To Ensure That The National Curriculum Provided Equity Of Knowledge For All?

Dr. E. D. Hirsch sets out his thoughts on the National Curriculum.
It will surpoise you to learn Don's thoughts on the 2014 changes to the curriculum and its lists of “key course content”.
This brings with it obvious challenges to classrooms and institutions in which pre-existing background knowledge and any preconceived ideas of culture diffe...

Continue...

1. Dr. E. D. Hirch Jr. - What Are You Doing In Your Teaching Practice To Nurture Domain Specific Skills?

Dr. E. D. Hirsch Jr. sets outhis thoughts on domain specific skills.
The ideas of Hirsch are controversial because they propose that there are set ideas that all people should know and set lists of knowledge that all children should be taught. By knowing these things people will then be culturally literate enough to move (successfully) through ...

Continue...

4. Mary Myatt - Curriculum And Knowledge Organisers

In this short film Mary sets out her thoughts on the curriculum and knowledge organisers.
What’s the difference between a knowledge curriculum and other curricula? A knowledge curriculum specifies, in meticulous detail, the exact facts, dates, events, characters, concepts and precise definitions that all pupils are expected to master in long-te...

Continue...

3. Mary Myatt - We Are A Challenge Seeking Species

In the exercise Mary explains how challenge to thinking can be a spur to new insights into learning. Many children find it difficult to disagree with one another’s ideas without falling out. It is important that our ideas and opinions are are tested and justified without becoming personal. 

Continue...

2. Mary Myatt - Radical Candour

We recommend reading Mary's blog on Radical Candor which can be accessed here.
In this short film Mary explores the impact to schools which are underpinned by the principle of ‘humans first, professionals second’. She highlights that something interesting happens: people are happy to be held to account. This is because they want to do their bes...

Continue...

1. Mary Myatt - High Challenge Low Threat

We recommend reading Mary's books. Here's a link and exerpt from her blog which explores 'High Challenge Low Threat'.
We are a challenge seeking species. We all know someone, and it might even be us who spends some of their downtime working on a crossword, doing a sudoku, a puzzle or a word search. Why are we spending money and time on things w...

Continue...

3. Doug Lemov - What Are You Doing To Encourage Pupils To Read Aloud?

In this short film Doug Lemov sets out a challenge to teachers to think about how they can inspire their pupils to read more!
The big challenge for teachers is not simply getting students to read – it's getting them to enjoy it too. It's one thing for students to trudge through set texts in a lesson, but will they open another book when they ge...

Continue...

2. Doug Lemov - Developing A Safe Adult Culture Where Its Ok To Fail

Here's an excerpt from Doug Lemov's Field Notes which explores how to develop a culture of error where its OK to fail. Click here.
Schools are learning organizations. Their goal is to help people assimilate new knowledge and apply it to solve challenging problems.

This statement applies as much when the ‘people’ in question are the...

Continue...

1. Doug Lemov - Developing Your Desired School Culture

This extract is taken from Doug Lemov's Field Notes and links well with the film he created for us. Click here to read more about Doug's work.
A colleague of mine runs a very successful school.  Most kids among the poorest in the small city where they operate but she and her teachers get the strongest results.

The school doesn’t look...

Continue...
© Copyright 2017 Developing Experts Ltd