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My Lockdown Confession: I forgot to compost!

by Chloë Hynes, PDNorth Lead ⬆️ TL;DR* Last week I took some leave for the first time since Feb. I’m lucky to work for an organisation that works hard to do all it can for the sector with practitioners at the forefront. This means that lockdown was incredibly busy and at some points, quite intense. […]

Embrace the Zoom!

By Toby Eveleigh, GCSE Maths Course Manager, Taunton. @tobyeveleigh Anyone else starting to love a Zoom meeting?  I’m not talking about those family quizzes which started off as fun but have started to turn a little tedious.  I’m talking about quality educational training that allows you to reflect, is packed full of resources and you just know is going to work perfectly for your classes in September.  […]

The Potential of the Pivot

by Elizabeth Hillier for the NW English PEN Lockdown has certainly posed its fair share of challenges for English teaching in FE. Post-lockdown and with the prospect of social distancing being a practical concern in a classroom that traditionally relies on the distribution of pens, paper, highlighters, texts as well as the close peer and […]

Organising the CPD Exchange – Week #13

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou Mycroft We’re here – the final event blog for 2020. I settled down with a cuppa to read back through them and read the story of lockdown – or at least one of the stories. I can remember writing the first blog in a […]

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #11

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou Mycroft It turns out that our appetite for planning the Big Day is undiminished and as the 26th June approaches, Chloe and I meet on Zoom (or, on one occasion, accidentally in Google Hangouts), to work side-by-side on the detail of the day. Neither […]

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #9

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou Mycroft In the #JoyFE broadcast this morning we were talking about digital pedagogy and the tensions between resources, risk and relationships. Here at PDNorth we’ve always been digitally-forward, which makes total sense as we are operating across a huge geographical area. We even have […]

The Colour of Courage

By Annie Pendrey. Member of PDNorth’s online practitioner action research exchange. Courage – This has been a word I have examined over the past few weeks and continue to explore on both a personal and professional level in the face of adversity. I have reflected upon how the world of education will look once we […]

Organising the CPD Exchange: Week #7

A weekly blog on lessons learned by PDNorth Events Lead, Lou Mycroft I’ve been thinking a lot recently about all the events we have in FE – more than we ever used to, or I lived under a rock at Northern College (possible). Since Twitter, they have become a lot more transparent. I love following […]