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Positive Deviance inquiry: the secret to school success?

Posted by Shawn Edmondson on 12 November, 2018

How did all of the students of 3rd grade teacher Mary Dunbar Barksdale in Brazosport, Texas achieve remarkably high scores on the statewide test, despite the fact that 94% of her students lived in poverty?

How did a handful of schools in Argentina’s Misiones Province achieve a graduation rate of 75%, when the overall completion rate for the province was only 50%?

How did the students in one school district in Mason, Ohio achieve very high scores on achievement tests and other outcomes when their peer districts performed so poorly?

What’s their secret?

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Can you afford NOT to invest in your teachers?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 8 November, 2018

CPD doesn’t come cheap and in the current financial climate, it can feel like the most obvious thing to cut. But, if improving teaching quality opens the door to raising student achievement, then surely CPD is the key and should, therefore, be a priority on every school leaders list?

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15 of the best educators and #EdTech accounts to follow on Twitter in 2018

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 26 October, 2018

Following educators on Twitter will help you to keep up-to-date on the latest advice and research in education, as well as find and share resources, and be part of a passionate, international community of professionals.

If you’re not sure where to get started, here’s 15 educators and #edtech accounts we recommend following this year and beyond (list in no particular order):

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How video-based CPD is pioneering the international education sector

Posted by Abigail Hobden on 25 October, 2018

21st century education has become global, and it has never been as important as it is right now. But how can schools internationally maintain high expectations and deliver a well-rounded educated student body, whilst preparing students for the global world? Especially when there is such a variation in the abilities of children and in the skills which a teacher has. Not to mention a difference in the way each school works and overall a difference in how each country operates within the education sector.  

What if there was a way to be able to unite these differences within a flexible, bespoke and collaborative system? Here are 3 ways video-based CPD is pioneering schools and organisations in the international education sector.

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Why your school needs a CPD policy and how to create one

Posted by Jane Hyde-Walsh on 11 October, 2018

Guest blog from Jane Hyde-Walsh, Director of The Staffrooma unique CPD planning and recording tool for education professionals working towards best practice.

As one of our most important professions, teachers need considerable knowledge and skill, which needs to be developed as their careers progress. Effective professional development for teachers is a core part of securing effective teaching, and research shows that a clearly defined policy towards CPD helps to ensure that good professional development can be delivered to all teaching staff within a school.

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How we grew collective confidence in video-based CPD

Posted by North Lindsey College on 4 October, 2018

Guest blog from Sue Lloyd, Quality Improvement Co-ordinator, Phil Whitehead, e Learning Ambassador and Paul Boucher, Lecturer, Sport & Unformed Services/Quality Improvement Coach at North Lindsey College.

For everyone involved in coordinating teaching, learning and assessment at North Lindsey College, coming on board with video-based CPD provider, IRIS Connect, felt like a crucial step in further supporting and developing teaching and learning.

The online platform made sense, the system was easy to use, and it wasn’t difficult to envision areas that it could enhance our staff development practices.

Confidence in video-based CPD

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