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14 ways teachers have told us they use video to drive pupil learning

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 29 August, 2017

Although video is a really powerful tool for self-reflection, it can also be used in lots of other ways to successfully drive teachers professional development and pupil learning. 

We recently asked our community of users how they have used video as part of their CPD to advance pupil learning. The amount of responses was so overwhelming that we couldn't help but share some of them with you. Click the arrows at the end of each title to read more.

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How to increase the percentage of pupils reaching ‘Greater Depth’ standard in Mathematics through action based research

Posted by Alice Gardner on 29 August, 2017

Guest blog: Alice Gardner is a  Year 3 Teacher, Alverstoke Junior School.  This guest blog was adapted from her winning competiton entry with IRIS Connect. We chose her entry because we felt it was a great example of IRIS Connect being used in carefully planned, well structured, systematic professional inquiry leading to the development of teaching strategies that help to maximise pupil progress.


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How to be an inspiring mentor and support NQTs

Posted by Chloe Vlahos on 22 August, 2017

A rise in searches for terms such as ‘nqt want to quit’ and ‘nqt depression’ reveals a harrowing amount of stress surrounding current NQTs in schools. Mentors therefore harbour an increasing amount of pressure to ensure NQTs are being adequately supported. So how can you be an inspiring mentor and support your NQTs?

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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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