It can be a bit daunting to decide how or where to start when writing a departmental plan for practical work. You could use this PowerPoint to lead CPD during a departmental meeting. The notes under the slides explain how to carry out the activities. As you work through the PowerPoint it will support you to get the discussion going about why we use practical and how we can tailor the learning outcomes to ensure the practicals are used most effectively. Or you could select the bits that you feel would be most relevant to your team to start the writing of a policy.
The booklet: Reflecting on practical work should be read before you lead the cpd session as it gives the background to the PowerPoint and provides examples of the types of responses your teachers might give. The case studies at the back are useful as they give examples of the ways that teachers have made changes to their practice.
The planning tool bookmark is a useful resource for teachers to put into their planning folders as it has questions for teachers to ask themselves when planning practical activities