Positive impact on pupil outcomes
Research published this month (September) by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has highlighted the potential positive impact on pupil outcomes of remote CPD for teachers.
The study, carried out jointly with Durham University, found that how professional development is delivered and the quality of the support behind it were key to its success.
“The benefits to pupils are the most important element of all and this study shows that, provided online CPD is well managed and supported, it has the potential to help schools fulfil their key aim of raising standards and improving children’s life chances,” Denise adds.
Experiences of BlueSky Learning SummerFest
In June of this year, we ran an online learning festival in collaboration with CST (Confederation of School Trusts) and NTA (National Teacher Accreditation) to support our emerging teachers as they strove to overcome the challenges associated with the pandemic situation with limited access to face to face learning. We ran 33 sessions across 3 weeks and had over 8,500 registrations, and participants in the BlueSky Learning SummerFest cited access to expertise and relevance to their specific needs as key benefits of the programme’s activities.
“The sessions have been grounded in the actual work carried out in schools and classrooms and have been led by experienced practitioners,” said Emmanuel N Barthalomew, Academic Principal, Ulink College of Shanghai. “These have made the sessions immediate, meaningful and fit for purpose. We have especially found them useful and efficient as they address our professional learning and development needs, which in turn are then easily linked to our yearly teaching and learning goals within the BlueSky system.”
Staff at Beths Grammar School, Bexley, UK said webinars on issues such as planning for the new school year had helped them to think about unexpected issues that could arise in the altered circumstances.
“They really highlighted the thoughts, fears and concerns of so many, which helped form really collaborative answers and help me remember that we are all in this together. Being able to play back the webinars is really helpful in terms of when you watch them, how they can be fitted in with other tasks, and how they are also there should anyone still wish to see them, or replay and pick up on certain points again.”
BlueSky Learning – details of topics and modules
BlueSky Learning is an easy access professional development library which provides research-based and practitioner-led modules through highly focused, manageable learning sessions.
Modules are delivered in short sections, providing knowledge, practical activities and implementation strategies to sustain and embed practice.
Our initial modules include content to support NQTs, the Early Career Framework and Teaching Standards in England, and modules for Aspiring Middle Leaders and more will be added.
Each module consists of two 30 – 60 minute learning sessions with intersessional activities. Our modules are flexible so that they can be accessed anywhere, anytime and individuals can decide how to engage with them – all in one go or in separate sessions and activities.
Current modules have been designed to address the support and CPD provision for NQTs, Early Career teachers, as refreshers and alternative perspectives for established teachers, based on the Early Careers Framework and National Teaching Standards, and for aspiring middle leaders.
Future plans include more suites of modules relating to Metacognition, Developing Character, Career Pathways, Collaboration in the Classroom, Learning Remotely and content for support staff and business professionals.