Webinar: Teachers' CPD Webinar: Teachers' CPD

Continuing Professional Development

  • Webinar
  • Thursday 30 January, 6 pm CET (Brussels time)

There are three schools from three different countries involved in the webinar on Continuing Professional Development. The aim is to share the schools’ journeys in how they trained staff to adopt and use technology for learning.

The first school involved is Shireland Collegiate Academy, an inner city academy near Birmingham, in the UK. They will be sharing how over the last year they have implemented the use of Office 365 to enable Flipped Learning, where teachers share the knowledge and content of a lesson beforehand using an online environment, allowing the teacher to adapt their lesson according to how the students respond on their online Class Sites. This section of the webinar will be hosted by Ms Kirsty Tonks (Assistant Principal) and Lewis Moore (Assistant Director of L4L; Key Stage 3). 

The second school is from Ireland. Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí, Athlone, will present its new approach to CPD moving from the traditional "chalk and talk" situation to "directed CPD" where teachers assigned to specific class groupings receive training in a chosen field and then present to their colleagues in assigned "breakout" sessions so that training, and thereby teaching and learning, can be customised and "directed" to the appropriate age and class level. The webinar will be run by Gearóid Ó Duibhir.

The final school is Wäinö Aaltonen School, in Finland. Pikke Syrja-Vaisanen will share how technology helps the staff in their school with their approach to teaching and have impact on learning in the classroom.


For starters


Find out more about Flipped Learning at Shireland Collegiate Academy in the UK.



Main course - Webinar recording and presentation


The webinar was held on January 30th 2014.




More information

The following speakers will take the floor: 

Shireland Collegiate Academy (United Kingdom)

Kirsty Tonks is Assistant Principal for e-learning at Shireland Collegiate Academy and she has led on embedding technology since 2007. She has taught across both the Primary and Secondary Sector for almost two decades and provides the strategic lead on how to enable and use technology to affect whole school sustained school improvement. In their recent Ofsted inspection in March 2013, inspectors acknowledged the role that technology had in “underpinning” outstanding lessons and how leadership and management of learning were “strategically supported by the innovative use of ICT (the Learning Gateway).” The academy was judged to be Outstanding across all categories and was the third time it had been judged as Outstanding.

Lewis Moore is the Assistant Director for Learning at Shireland Collegiate Academy. He has been a teacher for the past 7 years having come into the profession through the prestigious Teach First scheme. During this time he has helped to develop, implement and embed 2 bespoke curriculums at 2 different schools. These have acted to enhance the learning experience of pupils in both these schools and helped to boost pupil performance in Literacy and Numeracy.



Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí (Ireland)

Gearóid Ó Duibhir: Bachelor of Education (1989). He taught for 7 years in various primary schools around Dublin and studied part-time to get an M.Sc. in Computer Applications. He left teaching for 3 years to work for Ericsson as Technical Trainer firstly and then as a Project Manager designing, developing and delivery new course on Ericsson hardware and software. He returned to teaching as Learning Support Teacher for three years in all-Irish (language) school ten years ago and he is still in the same school - Senior class teaching over a 6 year period. He is back in Learning Support this year and has been the ICT Coordinator for the school for the past 6 years. He is also Lead ICT tutor for local Education Centre designing, developing and delivery CPD training to teachers in a 80 km radius. He is tutor for national ICT CPD group NCTE/PDST who provide support and co-ordination for the LSL project.


Wäinö Aaltonen School (Finland) 

Pikke Syrjä-Väisänen is a CLIL-teacher in the Wäinö Aaltonen School, which is specialized in media. She has co-operated with CLIL-teachers in South-West Finland organizing a mutual website for CLIL oriented schools. She is a member of the Wäinö Aaltonen School’s management team. She is a member of the steering group in a municipal project which advances participation, schools and intelligent equipment. She coordinates the Childrens’ Parliament of Turku. She was a member in a municipal group of Turku during the latest nationwide curriculum reform. Extensive changes were made during the prosess in the field of cultural activities. Besides her career as a teacher, she is a postgraduate student in the University of Turku.