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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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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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Professionalising the Profession

Posted by Graham Newell on 19 June, 2015

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Slides from the Sunday Times Festival of Education

We had a great time this week at the Sunday Times Festival of Education and heard some really interesting opinions about the future of the Education sector.

Our Director of Education, Graham Newell, talked on Thursday about the future of CPD.

View the slides from his presentation here to find out:

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The Green Paper, 'Support and Aspiration'

Posted by Graham Newell on 9 March, 2011

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