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Alleged CPD

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Teslasmate, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    https://www.tes.com/news/boring-cpd-sessions-turn-teachers-stroppy-teenagers

    Yep. I do that. It's not big and it's not clever.
    However...
    Has anybody on here, ever, attended a CPD session and thought 'That was a constructive and useful use of my time'?
    Every one I have ever been forced to sit through has been pointless greasy pole climbers polishing their cv by telling me either a) the bleedin' obvious b) the bleedin' irrelevant or c) the bleedin' wrong. It has always been monotonous reading out of far too many powerpoint slides or banal party games involving post it notes.
    I get stroppy because I resent every minute of my diminishing store of time left alive wasted on this tihsllub.
     
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  2. Jamvic

    Jamvic Senior commenter

    Twice, over an entire career.
     
  3. Morgelyn

    Morgelyn New commenter

    The greasy pole climbers are dire and I resented the time theft. CPD by SLT was worse- focussing on the latest batch of snakeoil, with an over reliance on powerpoint slides, each of which was slowly read to us. These patronising t**ts then have the nerve to judge us on our lessons, having demonstrated their 3B skillset: boring, banal, b*l*s**t.

    I silently seethed at CPD.
     
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I must be lucky. Yes, I've sat through a few "granny, this is how you suck eggs" and greasy pole climbers trying to transform their careers. I've also had many more than two useful sessions where I've thought "that's a good idea".
     
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  5. thin_ice

    thin_ice New commenter

    ... I’m a jealous, has-been supply teacher who comes on here with fictitious ‘look at me and what I said’ guff.
     
  6. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Loads of awful ones.

    Two superb ones on the National Curriculum - held for school clusters.
    Sir (as he was then) Ron Dearing was great, and Sir Professor Tim Brighouse was enthralling and inspiring.

    Have to say as well that the advisory team of our L E A was excellent and put on really good courses.
     
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  7. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    The best CPD for me is subject specialist (music) delivered by and to music teachers. Much of the rest is irritating because it's either patronising (don't make me walk round in circles with post-it notes) or full of suggestions that won't work well in a music lesson.
     
  8. Jamvic

    Jamvic Senior commenter

    That is indeed very lucky.
     
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  9. Jamvic

    Jamvic Senior commenter

    Play nicely now!
     
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  10. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    Nothing makes my heart sink faster than walking into cpd and finding post it notes and flip chart sheets on the desk
     
  11. aypi

    aypi Established commenter

    It might be 10 years since I had subject specific CPD.
    Funnily enough CPD got useless after it was formalised. We are now asked what we want. And we dont get it.
     
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  12. num3bers

    num3bers Occasional commenter

    I am struggling to find any I have found useful. I found a couple "interesting" - when I was younger and a newish teacher but still they were not useful.

    These days CPD's seem to be more concentrated on what the school require to tick boxes rather than what meets anything I need. Many I do now are stuff I learned years ago being given to me as " new" or stuff I found rubbish years ago being re cyscled and fed to me as the latest improvement . I guess that happens when you have been teaching for 20 + years though? I am just getting old I suppose.

    The ones that irritate me the most are those done for us as in school and run by some bod who has been in the school less than three months though. They try to tell me about "best practice" and end up "teaching" me things I learned 20 years ago. That I resent. Not only do I resent it, I see it as an insult to my years of professionalism and experience. I resent it almost as much as those teacher trainers I had at university who had not been in a classroom for 10 years telling me how to teach when I had been a university teacher and FE teacher for 10 years before I had to sit and listen to them ( back in the days before FE teachers certificates were not recognized as QTS)
     
  13. WB

    WB Occasional commenter

    Some of ours have moved on-line.
    Things like health and safety, fire precautions etc.

    I seethed (quietly - I'm primary school teacher) when our new head announced that the great thing about on-line CPD is you can do it when you want. A brave soul asked could she do hers at 10:00 am on Monday and was told no.

    Since then we regulary get emails saying such-and-such a course must be done by Monday.

    Loads of boxes ticked.

    Over my 16 years I would say 2/3 of these sessions have been pointless.
     
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  14. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Ha! Sounds like a school I worked in.
    We came up with all kinds of times when we 'wanted' to do various online courses. The head eventually say it would be acceptable to do them during PPA if the HLTAs covering our classes didn't need our laptops. As the head and numerous SLT would patrol the corridors to check the LOs/SCs were displayed on the IWB in a certain font there was no way any of us would ever be able to have our laptop during PPA. (Don't ask how we did PPA with no laptops...!!!)
    I left there.
     
  15. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    yep, my line manager is an NQT who genuinely seems to believe she was given the role because she was recognized as having some special gifts or magical insight, rather than as a last resort because the rest of us had turned it down.

    I don't regret turning the role down, as it would be a whole other world of pointless admin and data, but the down side is having to listen to said line manager sharing said special gifts and magical insights with us, most of which consist of ideas we had tried out and discarded before she was even born
     
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  16. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter


    Has anybody on here, ever, attended a CPD session and thought 'That was a constructive and useful use of my time' and the SLT didn't slide out after 5 minutes?
     
  17. WB

    WB Occasional commenter

    I've know a few heads who didn't feel the need to stay but to be honest in 16years and 5 schools I've never met any SLT teachers that have done this.
     
  18. Teslasmate

    Teslasmate Occasional commenter

    Most management don't attend. This nonsense is to keep the plebs busy, it's not for the important people.
     
  19. becky70

    becky70 Occasional commenter

    Yes, several decent sessions. Many that were a complete waste of time, too, though.
     
  20. num3bers

    num3bers Occasional commenter

    Indeed, and to ensure that we also have to do lots of unpaid overtime to ensure we have the work and planning done we need to do because we have to sit in waste of time sessions of CPD.

    Most are a big waste of time for me because I teach examination classes. The last one I went to was all about new assessment systems in lower school. I dont teach lower school.
     
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