Teaching’s going nowhere unless we pedal together

Teachers are suffering from the ‘Exercise Bike Principle’: schools buy into quick-fix CPD and then quickly discard it, without seeing any significant improvement

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What’s that old trope? “Tell me and I’ll smile; explain it and I’ll look uncomfortable; involve me and I’ll get annoyed.” Something like that, anyway. Of course, using that as a basis for developing your whole-school CPD programme would work. (Sorry, as Donald Trump might say, I meant to say “wouldn’t”.)

The expectation that you can turn your school around with a simple flick of strategy is a dangerous one. So if, as you start your new school year, someone approaches you with an all-encompassing, “never fails” fix for all of your CPD problems, stop for a moment, scratch your chin a little – ...

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