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Continuing Professional Development

“Reading brings knowledge and knowledge is power; therefore reading is power. The power to know and learn and understand . . . but also the power to dream."

Our focus at Chiltern is to collaboratively plan and research in order to develop pedagogy across all subjects.

Chiltern Academy has always had a strong ethos and vision for professional development and excellence. This ensures that our school is underpinned by the most up to date and purposeful evidenced based practices from across the country and within academic literature. We have created a culture where staff are able to research and implement various teaching and learning techniques within their classrooms and beyond, providing autonomy for developing their own pedagogical practices and improving the outcomes and life chances of our pupils. This is currently implemented through our staff collective intelligence groups whereby staff are examining, applying and evaluating pedagogical literature directly linked back to CAMMFES to enhance teaching and the progress and outcomes of pupils. 


Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be even better.  - Dylan Williams



Challenge and differentiation


Assessment for Learning


Modelling and demonstration


Memory and retrieval




Effort and focus of pupils


Subject and curriculum knowledge

 Research and Development

  • Working in groups of three
  • Given a group study text from the CPD library to form the foundations of your research
  • Rooted in literature and research
  • Implement an intervention strategy / teaching and learning initiative into your practice
  • Evaluate your findings 
  • Write an academic report to be published in Chiltern Academy’s Research Journal 2020

 Research and Development Focus

    • What is your book about?
    • What are the key themes?
    • What is promoted?
    • What discussions did you have in your group regarding the reading?
    • How does this link into the CAMMFES T&L model? 
    • Choose your focus area and justify your reasons.

Literature Review

    • Summarise the literature and the key ideas
    • What are the key findings
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the literature?
    • Is there any other research that can support the ideas presented (or contrast)?


    • Share and discuss ideas for intervention based on your reading
    • How will you apply concepts you have read into your teaching practice?
    • Which pupils / classes will you target and why?
    • Discuss the method you will use as a group
    • Collate the evidence and findings

Implementation and Impact

    • Analysis of findings / results
    • Summary of key findings / results from intervention
    • What impact did you have?
    • Consolidate findings and draw conclusions
    • Evaluate your method - what went well, what would you do differently?


    • Give three recommendations for teaching and learning
    • What further research is needed? 
    • How can your research be enhanced or developed further?

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