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Andy Newell

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Live video conferencing built specifically for teachers

Posted by Andy Newell on 18 September, 2020

Video conferencing is exciting technology that is significantly helping to address the challenges of social isolation and reduced collaboration faced by teachers and students.

Sadly, the conferencing tools being offered by the big multinationals have been borrowed from the corporate sector meaning that  uptake across the education sector has been stressful and patchy. You’ve probably found they either lack education specific tools or have question marks over their security and compliance in an education context. You are not alone.

With a decade of experience in working with schools on video collaboration, and a track record of securely managing over 200,000 hours of classroom footage, we knew we had a role to play in delivering what schools needed.  We believe schools deserve live video tools built specifically for learning.

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Why joint practice development is the answer to developing collective efficacy

Posted by Andy Newell on 10 November, 2017

Speaking at the recent Optimus MATs Summit I was preceeded at the podium by Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner. He highlighted that most MATs have now developed effective diagnostics for areas of strength and weakness but still have a long way to go in terms of systematically driving improvement. In his words, striking the right balance between “weighing the pig and fattening the pig”.

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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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7 ways to save money and improve outcomes with IRIS Connect

Posted by Andy Newell on 10 March, 2017

A message to school leaders in our community, from Founder of IRIS Connect, Andy Newell-Smith:

I would like to thank you for your investment in IRIS Connect, I have confidence in your decision to prioritise CPD. Leading professional learning is still more than twice as impactful upon learners as any other investment school leaders can make.

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The education training industry's dirty little secret

Posted by Andy Newell on 22 November, 2016

Schools around the world spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year sending their staff out for training courses or bringing external trainers in. It’s a model that has changed little in decades and, in my opinion, represents the biggest scandal in education.

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