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Charlotte Curl

Charlotte has been at IRIS Connect since 2011 and since then has become a strong believer in the power of more effective professional learning to revolutionise outcomes, both for our community of teachers and our team here at IRIS Connect. She loves skiing, likes mountain biking and has a passion for sausage rolls!
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Let's talk about learning: what is best practice?

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 31 October, 2016

“If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Robin Williams as John Keating, Dead Poets Society.

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Teacher Shortages - something needs to change [Infographic]

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 4 July, 2016

The teacher shortages that we face in the UK have cast a dark shadow over the profession, some claim that we are on the brink of catastrophe. Given that high quality teachers are the most important factor affecting pupil outcomes, the teacher shortage needs to be addressed urgently with a focus on retaining teachers already in the profession. This infographic looks at the data behind the crisis.

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Twitter: hopefully not the best CPD you've ever had

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 18 March, 2016

Twitter in itself isn’t going to have significant impact on your classroom practice. Controversial? Let me explain…

A recent Guardian article started by stating that “with funding for traditional continued professional development events in short supply, social media is being used more and more to support informal, peer to peer learning among teachers”.

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'Carefully designed' professional development

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 2 July, 2015

A round up of recommendations from the Developing Great Teaching review

With the aim of capturing and distilling approaches to and characteristics of effective professional development, the Developing Great Teaching review was commissioned by the Teacher Development Trust in partnership with TES Global and conducted by a team from Durham University, CUREE and the Institute of Education, UCL.

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Takeaways from Tom Sherrington at #TLT14

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 18 October, 2014

Takeaways from Tom Sherrington at #TLT14

A year and a half a go, Tom Sherrington (@headguruteacher) asked the twitter community:

“If there was no Ofsted, no league tables, no SLT…just you and your class…what would you choose to do to make it GREAT? Do that anyway…”

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3 Secrets for Effective School to School CPD Support

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 2 June, 2014

What's the secret to school to school CPD support?

Imagine driving your car around in first and second, without making use of the higher gears. You'd waste a lot of time getting from A to B, not to mention money on your inefficient use of fuel.

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