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Christophe Mullings

Christophe joined IRIS Connect in April 2015 as our Head of Education. He has 9 years teaching experience in both the private and state sector having taught French and English from Key Stage 1 to A Level in both primary and secondary schools. His teaching roles have included Head of Year, Head of Department and, most recently, Director of Studies. Christophe has a Masters degree in Teaching and is passionate about professional learning and improving outcomes for pupils and teachers. He is responsible for a wide variety of educational initiatives within the business and works on a number of educational research projects involving the IRIS Connect system. Christophe is also half-French and is a bit of a foodie; he loves cooking and drinking nice Burgundy wine.

Recent Posts

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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Developing independent learning skills that improve outcomes

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 7 January, 2019

Encouraging students to be independent learners, not only has huge benefits for them, but it's also a proven high impact, low cost way to improve progress.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) found that self-regulated, independent learning has a high impact on pupils’ progress for a very low cost. They learnt that the average impact of self-regulation over 8 months’ progress was found to cost under £80 per pupil per year.

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Dialogic teaching & classroom talk: Maximising effectiveness

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 18 June, 2018

“Dialogic teaching harnesses the power of talk to stimulate and extend pupils’ thinking and advance their learning and understanding.” - Prof. Robin Alexander

Is great dialogue taking place in your classroom and across your school?

It’s well worth taking the time to reflect on this given the robust evidence that dialogic teaching (more broadly known as classroom talk) is key to improving formative assessment of pupils.

Research shows that there is a direct relationship between dialogic teaching and improved individual and collective academic outcomes. A report recently published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) shows that spending more class time on meaningful dialogue that encourages pupils to reason, discuss, speculate, argue and explain, rather than simply give the expected answers can boost primary pupils’ maths, science and English results.

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How do teachers learn best? What you need to consider for effective CPD

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 2 April, 2018

Where does ownership of CPD lie? With the teacher? The CPD provider? SLT? Perhaps a more important question is where do you think it should lie?

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14 ways teachers have told us they use video to drive pupil learning

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 29 August, 2017

Although video is a really powerful tool for self-reflection, it can also be used in lots of other ways to successfully drive teachers professional development and pupil learning. 

We recently asked our community of users how they have used video as part of their CPD to advance pupil learning. The amount of responses was so overwhelming that we couldn't help but share some of them with you. Click the arrows at the end of each title to read more.


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Is best practice in teaching always best?

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 11 April, 2017

Of all the things schools could spend their money on, improving the quality of teaching through ongoing professional development of teachers can have the greatest impact on pupil outcomes. It can also be the most cost effective.  So, how can we best develop teacher expertise in our ever changing educational landscape? 

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