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Happy World Teachers' Day!

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 5 October, 2017

Everyday, around the world teachers are doing amazing things to enrich the lives of their students. Help us to celebrate and remember the very best educators around the world by letting us know who you remember and why. Share your stories, pictures and messages about your favourite teachers and the best advice they gave you, in the comments below.

In the meantime, find out which educators have inspired us over the years:

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5 steps to embedding JPD in your Multi-Academy Trust

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 21 September, 2017

Joint Practice Development (JPD) has a lot to offer Multi-Academy Trusts (MAT) and Teaching School Alliances (TSA). With the right culture, commitment and challenge in place, it has the power to take professional development and wider school improvement to a whole new level.

Here are 5 steps to help you embed JPD in your MAT or TSA... 

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Why sharing good practice isn't enough

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 21 September, 2017

As you're probably aware, one of the biggest challenges for any network of schools, whether it's a Teaching School Alliance or Multi-Acdemy Trust, is transferring existing knowledge and new practices, not just from teacher to teacher, but from school to school.

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10 steps to getting results from your ISSP

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 19 September, 2017

The improvements to professional practice that ISSPs can make are impressive. But they aren't guaranteed. Unless your school has the necessary culture to allow them to thrive, you won't see such dramatic improvements. Below is a checklist of steps that you can take in order to make the most your ISSP.

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Your quick guide to Independent / State School Partnerships

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 13 September, 2017

As an independent school, there are probably a number of questions that spring to mind when you think of Independent / State School Partnerships (or ISSPs). What are they they? What are the benefits? Is it right for your school?

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10 tips on how to be a better Subject Leader

Posted by Tim Matthews on 1 September, 2017

Tim Matthews is Deputy Headteacher at Oriel High School. As well as creating this helpful blog, he has also built a useful group in the IRIS Connect platform, ‘Leading A Self Improving Department'. It's a great starting point if you are taking your first steps as a Subject Leader or are looking to review how you are doing things.  It's FREE to our customers. Click here to login and join today >

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As the summer break draws to a close, thoughts naturally turn to the academic year ahead. If you are either an established Subject Leader or are taking your first steps into subject leadership - good luck for the year ahead!

On my first day as a new Subject Leader I remember walking into school nursing an emotional cocktail of pride, 

excitement, nervousness and an inescapable feeling that I would be "found out" probably by the end of the day and certainly by the end of the first week.

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