Calling Cambridgeshire and Fenland Schools

A reminder for you all....

I am part of a team which is offering free CPD on Critical Thinking for Achievement.

It can be delivered in different ways: as two whole days or a series of twilights, and is free of charge.

Funded by the TLIF (Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund)
It will involve the GA and the Association for Science Education (ASE) working to lead CPD events for Primary and Secondary teachers.

Here are the details from the GA website.

Critical thinking for achievement

The GA is delighted to announce that, from autumn 2018, the Association will be funded by the Department for Education (DfE) Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) to provide free CPD for primary and secondary teachers to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms.
Under the Critical thinking for achievement project, the GA will be working alongside our project partner the Association for Science Education, to:

  • strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and build confidence and capability in curriculum planning and teaching
  • help teachers teach reformed geography and science qualifications and curricula effectively, focusing on knowledge application, the critical use of data and evidence, construction of arguments and geographical and scientific investigation
  • make more efficient use of teacher planning time through provision of practical planning tools and quality-assured curriculum plans and resources.
Find out whether your school is eligible to join this free CPD programme here.

Check the availability for your school.
You can take part in the CPD, which will include:
  • free ‘plan-do-review’ CPD over one school term, available from autumn 2018
  • a focus on knowledge application, critical use of data and construction of evidenced arguments
  • an extension to core training on the use of data in geography and science, including geo-located and fieldwork data
  • CPD tailored to local priorities, delivered through teacher networks
  • support for teachers to apply techniques in their classroom
  • raising standards in geography and science

Joining the project

Eligible teachers are those working in schools:
Note – whilst Ofsted 3-4 schools are the main target of the TLIF fund, other schools within Opportunity Areas and Category 5 or 6 Local Area Districts may be eligible as part of a local network. Find out if you or your school might be eligible for this free CPD here.

Contact Julie Beattie ( to register your interest in joining or to enquire about your eligibility.

I work in one of the OAs (Social Mobility and Opportunity Areas) where the CPD is available to schools: Fenland and East Cambridgeshire.