‘Pedagogy is about more than ‘teaching’ in the narrow sense of methods used in the classroom. It represents the considered selection of those methods in light of the purposes of the curriculum and the needs and developmental stage of the children and young people. It combines theoretical and practical knowledge and skills with fine judgement about what is required to promote effective learning in particular contexts. It lies at the heart of what it means to be an excellent teacher.”Successful Futures, 2015
The Central South Consortium aims to support all schools in developing pedagogy to achieve equity and excellence for all learners. Our national mission recognises that a high-quality curriculum requires a high-quality profession.
Our professional learning opportunities aim to support all practitioners to collaborate and develop a deep understanding of pedagogy and subject knowledge; to become research-informed and learn from local, national and international practice.
We want schools to critically engage with pedagogy - to question, develop and refine their practice based on a strong research base that is exemplified by examples of strong regional practice.
Pedagogical development should be at the heart of practitioner, school and national efforts which seek to raise standards for all.
‘The most important school-related factor in student learning... is teaching’ (Schwartz, 2009:online).
All professional learning opportunities in Central South Consortium are designed to support schools to develop as learning organisations across the seven dimensions of the framework and/or to support practitioners in the professional standards for teaching and leadership (PSTL). Through the professional learning passport, practitioners can record their professional learning activities.
Information and Guidance
e-Learning / Events
An Introduction to Comparative Judgement for primary and secondary schools.
Join Daisy Christodoulou in this webinar showing the benefits Comparative Judgement offers over traditional marking and moderation techniques
A webinar on 'Interactive Quizzing' to support blended learning approaches.
Models for teaching
Cognitive Load Theory
An introduction to cognitive load theory and its application to pedagogy
Words Matter: Supporting the teaching of vocabulary
In this programme we will be demonstrating how explicit vocabulary instruction can become part of a repertoire of teaching practice which produces, enhances and accelerates the learning of the lesson. The approaches can be used in the primary or secondary phase; in combination or isolation; within a subject or, ideally, across a school or centre. This training can be undertaken independently but also could be used as a training programme for a department, faculty or school.
High challenge for all
Why do we need to think about high challenge for all pupils?
Challenge is an entitlement for all pupils, regardless of their starting points
Pupils relish demanding work, as long as the conditions are characterised by high challenge and low threat
Challenge makes our curriculum planning and delivery more straightforward
What does ‘high challenge’ look like in reading in our classrooms?
Finally, what sort of professional reading are we doing?
Mary Myatt is an education adviser, writer and speaker. She trained as an RE teacher and has also taught English, history, maths and Latin. A former local authority adviser and inspector, she works in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains that there are no quick fixes and that great outcomes for pupils are not achieved through tick boxes.
Spirals of enquiry: a collaborative approach
Working with Linda Kaser and Judy Halbert, this programme will support schools in establishing and refining an enquiry culture that support school improvement
Further Reading and Research
For further support and guidance please contact:
Project Support Officer:
Kate Nash Kate.Nash@cscjes.org.uk
Louise Muteham Louise.Muteham@cscjes.org.uk
Other areas of professional learning
Equity and Wellbeing / Curriculum / Welsh Language Development / Teaching Assistants / Induction / Governors / Leadership / Educational Visits