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Kate Herbert-Smith

Kate's background in publishing has left her with a great love of thoughtful descriptions and inspiring stories. When she's not writing compelling blogs and case studies for us, she can be found devouring the latest best-seller or watching all manner of TED Talks. She has a growing appetite for video editing/storytelling, not to mention an unhealthy passion for all things Harry Potter and the uncanny ability to recite almost every single episode of the sitcom Friends.
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Recent Posts

How to provide CPD on a budget

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 10 July, 2018

It’s tough being a member of SLT in times like these. With the ever increasing pressure of budgetary constraints it is, of course, essential that school leaders achieve value for money in all they do.How to deliver CPD on a budget

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How to give teachers effective coaching feedback

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 12 June, 2018

Feedback is an important and necessary part of any teacher’s career path. Whether they’re in their first, fifth or fifteenth year of teaching, feedback from senior leaders, peers and reviews is critical to identifying performance weaknesses and strengths, providing teachers with opportunities to grow and develop their practice. What’s more, it often improves communication and better understanding of expectations.  

But there is a world of difference between just giving someone feedback and giving them effective feedback.

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Why the Inspiring Leadership Conference 2018 is a must-do for senior leaders

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 31 May, 2018

It’s become increasingly clear of late,  that effective leadership is a linchpin in tackling the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, making this year's Inspiring Leadership Conference a top item on any SLT's calendar.

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Making metacognition work in the classroom

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 23 May, 2018

Metacognition and self-regulated learning are powerful for pupil progress. Evidence suggests that the use of metacognitive strategies can be worth the equivalent of an additional +7 months progress when used well. So, what is metacognition, how does it work, and how can you begin to teach it in your classroom?

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Supporting distance learning in South Africa

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 10 May, 2018

Guest blog by Daniel Simons from Trewirgie Junior School

Daniel is the Director of Learning and Teaching at Trewirgie Junior School in Redruth, Cornwall. He is also an SLE for Mathematics and Teaching and Learning, and supports schools locally, nationally and internationally. He has been using IRIS Connect to support his work since 2014.

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What can school leaders do to improve teacher retention?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 3 May, 2018

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the current teacher retention crisis. But is it really a crisis and if it is, what can you do as a leader to avoid it in your school?

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