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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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What can we expect from the new education secretary Justine Greening?

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 14 July, 2016

Justine Greening has taken the place of Nicky Morgan as our new education secretary in this week’s major cabinet reshuffle. Greening is, remarkably, the first ever education secretary to have been to a comprehensive school.

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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 birdTwitter 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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Can you afford NOT to invest in your teachers? [Infographic]

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 4 November, 2015

The research all school leaders need to see...

It’s easy to fall back on what we know, which means that the professional development that most teachers experience throughout their careers has limited impact on classroom practice and it doesn’t come cheap.

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My quest for level 5 leadership

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 19 October, 2015

In the last few years I’ve done all sorts of things to help accelerate my professional learning, particularly around developing leadership and management skills.

Alone, each professional development “activity” would have had little impact but together they’ve been hugely helpful in growing my confidence and capacity to deal with new challenges.

In this blog I’m going to talk about one book that’s played a small part in this journey, perhaps I’ll expand on some of my other professional learning experiences another time.

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