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What should you look for when you self-reflect?

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 30 June, 2019

Reflective practice is a more systematic process of collecting, recording and analysing our thoughts and observations, as well as those of our students, and then going on to make changes.

The Lifelong Learning UK Standards are clear that self-reflection is a core component of effective teacher CPD and key to enabling teachers to become skilled in their roles.

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How healthy is your school's CPD culture?

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 24 June, 2019

Developing a CPD culture takes time and effort. It can't be imposed or imported overnight. That being said, there are things that you can do to create an environment where teachers want to learn and develop their instructional practice. 

Get started by reflecting on the following 7 questions...

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The new Ofsted Framework 2019 changes explained

Posted by Graham Newell on 17 June, 2019

News flash:  Andy Newell, Founder of IRIS Connect, will be interviewing Daniel Muijs to gain further insights on the new Inspection Framework.  We will update you here.

From September the Ofsted Framework 2019 will  change.  Is this purely cosmetic or is there a real shift in focus? Because, as Amanda Spielman said,  “Ofsted should be a force for improvement”.

When talking about the Ofsted Framework 2019, Ofsted have announced:

“... these changes will move Ofsted’s focus away from headline data to look instead at how schools are achieving these results, and whether they are offering a curriculum that is broad, rich and deep, or simply rich and deep, or simply teaching to the test.” (Ofsted press release)

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How we used IRIS Connect to build a sustainable CPD culture

Posted by Sunny Gunessee on 10 June, 2019

Guest blog written by Sunny Gunessee, Carshalton Boys Sports College.

Since the introduction of IRIS Connect, our school has gone from strength to strength when it comes to the growth of teaching, learning and development of leadership and management. The investment in IRIS Connect in June 2018 caused a tangible shift in the quality of provision we provide, particularly in the area of NQTs, experienced staff, subject leaders and pastoral leaders having more collective efficacy.

So how can a school after only one year have created such a culture?

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10 simple steps to a positive professional learning culture

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 3 June, 2019

Refining teachers skills and practice through continuing professional development (CPD) is a key factor in any school’s success. So, cultivating a positive culture around professional development is essential, but it can be complex.

Here are 10 easy ways to help your school develop a culture where improvements in teaching and learning can thrive.  These tips also support the implementation of the Department for Education’s Standard for teachers’ professional development.

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3 ways teachers can use video for better exam preparation

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 20 May, 2019

Half term is over, May is quickly passing and ensuring success for all your students in the upcoming exams and tests, I'm sure, is rarely far from your minds. Here are 3 ways video technology can not only support exam and test preparation, but enhance it for both you and your learners.

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