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7 tips for getting off to a good start with video CPD

Posted by Rosie Neill on 31 March, 2017

There can be challenges when introducing anything new, be it a curriculum change, a new approach to CPD or the latest development in technology. One thing schools can do to make adoption easier is ensure they have the right type of culture in place, the kind where improvements in teaching and learning can thrive.

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EEF report evaluating the impact of IRIS Connect

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 31 March, 2017

Research overview:
“Developing classroom dialogue and formative feedback through collective video reflection”

EEF-Sml-needs-EEF-sign-off-before-publishing.jpgThis EEF funded pilot study looked at the use of IRIS Connect alongside a film club programme that is designed to improve primary school teachers’ use of classroom dialogue and feedback. The project was independently evaluated by researchers at Birmingham University.

The EEF trial was designed to find out whether the programme can be practically delivered in classrooms and whether it could be taken to a larger trial to find out what impact it has on attainment.

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What types of professional development do teachers really want?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 23 March, 2017

We asked 1,000 teachers what professional development activities they would prioritise if they were in control of their own CPD. They gave us some interesting insight.

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The true costs of CPD in schools: A surprise in the data

Posted by Andy Newell on 21 March, 2017

According to research from the Teacher Development Trust, the average per pupil spend on CPD in England is £33 per year. But this does not account for teaching cover costs, which I believe, is a critical factor to consider.

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What NQTs want and need: how to really improve retention

Posted by Rosie Neill on 20 March, 2017

NQTs are the biggest flight risk from the teaching profession. At a time of dwindling budgets, school leaders need to act quickly and take practical steps to retain teachers at the start of their career.

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6 simple ways to make your feedback more empowering for others

Posted by Jennifer Hampton on 17 March, 2017

Many of us will have had a range of lesson feedback experiences. With some feedback, ideas are energised and next steps organically emerge. But there’s also feedback that can leave us a little unclear, a little less sure, as well as feedback that that can cause us to disengage or become upset.

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