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Graham Newell

Graham has worked in education for 30 years as a teacher, manager and senior officer in a number of Local Authorities. In recent years he has been involved in a number of exciting and well regarded initiatives. He is responsible for coordinating our education advisory and school support team. Graham has a strong interest in professional development and has enjoyed providing training at all levels from mid-day supervisors to post-graduates and MA students.
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Interview with Daniel Muijs: Ofsted Framework 2019

Posted by Graham Newell on 4 July, 2019

In this video interview, Andy Newell, Managing Director of IRIS Connect interviews Daniel Muijs, Deputy Director of Ofsted about the new Ofsted Framework 2019. The questions asked in this interview were selected by school leaders and cover topics such as evidence-informed practice, domain specific CPD and Ofsted’s latest approach to observations. 

Watch the full video interview with Daniel Muijs or skip to a topic of your choice to hear Daniel’s answers.


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What's An "Educational Ecosystem" And Are You In One?

Posted by Graham Newell on 15 December, 2017

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“Teaching quality also improves within a collegial, collaborative environment  ... the power of the collective capacity is that it enables ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things” - Michael Fullan


Do you work in a silo?  Do you collaborate? Do you share and grow?

The answer is probably ‘No’ to the first and a conditional ‘Yes’ to the other two.  The profession has moved on a very long way since I started teaching. Yes, OK, I admit it was a long time ago but not exactly the dark ages. One of the first things I did as a young teacher was to put a ‘display’ across my classroom window so no one could see in – my classroom was my kingdom.

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Innovations in professional development: real-time in-ear coaching

Posted by Graham Newell on 25 January, 2017

Executive summary of research by MirandaNet and De Montfort University

Results from a research study indicate that regular use of a web-based video CPD system had a profound impact upon confidence, collaboration, risk taking and professional learning for teachers. 

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How to support pupils who are dealing with death

Posted by Graham Newell on 10 June, 2016

"1 in 29 children have been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that equates to one in every class." - Child Bereavement UK

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The future of the recruitment and retention crisis

Posted by Graham Newell on 8 April, 2016

I have so many questions!

  • Am I alone in my frustration?solutions to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis
  • Are current reforms simply a distraction that will diminish rather than improve the quality of education in England?
  • Are schools having to focus on the urgent and not the important?

Ahead of this year’s #ShapingCPD conference, I’ve been thinking about what has made the headlines in education since last year’s conference recommendations were published.

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The Green Paper, 'Support and Aspiration'

Posted by Graham Newell on 9 March, 2011

The Green Paper, Support and Aspiration Support and Aspiration

by Graham Newell

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