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Developing the use of questioning and dialogue in the classroom

Posted by Peter Hayward on 10 July, 2017

Guest blog from Peter Hayward, Assistant Headteacher (T&L) High Tunstall College of Science Hartlepool. 

A college priority since September 2016 has been... 'making sure that teachers’ questioning challenges pupils to deepen their understanding and draw out what pupils know and understand before moving their learning on.’ (not my words but lifted straight from our June 2017 OFSTED report). IRIS Connect film club has been an excellent vehicle to help us achieve this.

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Video-based CPD - is it worth the investment?

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 6 July, 2017

Video is a powerful professional learning tool. It enables key learning interactions - reflection, feedback, analysis and collaboration. Video can make CPD more personalised, engaging and effective at transforming classroom practice. Most importantly, video-based CPD helps teachers to feel in control of their own professional development.

But do the benefits outweigh the costs?

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Teaching schools: are you providing the right support?

Posted by Paul Dale on 6 July, 2017

As a teaching school, it’s your responsibility to provide support to other schools and further the professional development of staff within your network; creating a strong culture for teaching and learning. This is no mean feat and can be costly, time consuming and use up a lot of resources. Many studies also suggest that a vast majority of CPD and professional development practices have little impact on teaching and learning. Making the time, money and effort put into them a waste.

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Is your school using Drop Down Days effectively?

Posted by Chloe Vlahos on 22 June, 2017

With students facing ‘unimaginable pressures' both within and outside of school, it is now more important than ever that we begin to explore and discuss issues surrounding the lives of students within a safe, educational environment. Recent research highlights the importance of schools’ role in promoting students’ overall health and wellbeing, so what can schools do to help? Can we utilise subjects such as PSHE to enhance student development?

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A teacher's perspective on using video for lesson observation

Posted by Stephen Campbell on 12 June, 2017

Stephen Campbell.pngGuest blog from Stephen Campbell, Head of English at Kingswood School in Bath and future Deputy Head at Haileybury Imperial and Service College.

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Where does video technology fit in a whole school CPD approach?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 9 May, 2017

Video is not just a powerful tool for individual, teacher self-reflection that's done behind closed doors. You can also use video to help your school achieve a collaborative, whole school approach to CPD.

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