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Rachel Finch

Rachel joined IRIS Connect in January 2014 as our Digital Marketing Executive having worked in the education market for 5 years. She loves all things digital especially SEO, Social Media and web analytics. As a Film Studies graduate, Rachel loves to indulge in cinema trips and spends weekends bike riding, learning HTML and enjoying being a born and bred Brightonian.
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Slides from Shaping the Future of CPD 2016

Posted by Rachel Finch on 15 April, 2016

Want a reminder of what was covered at Shaping the Future of CPD 2016 last week? Not able to come along to the event but want to know what was dicussed? Fear not, here are all the slides from the presentations during the event.

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Using IRIS Connect For Skills Development in Learners

Posted by Rachel Finch on 10 March, 2015

Using IRIS Connect For Skills Development in Learners

By Gareth Lewis @garethlewis76

Discovering IRIS Connect

I discovered IRIS Connect a few years ago as part of a strategic plan to improve teaching and learning in a school where I was an Assistant Headteacher. I remember a leadership colleague bringing this ‘ball-like’ camera into a meeting and explaining. We were instantly hooked!

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3 tips for building trust as a coach: By Mike Fleetham

Posted by Rachel Finch on 4 March, 2015

3 tips for building trust as a coach

By Mike Fleetham

Coaching is a proven means of maximising the potential of teachers. Whether it's used to enable good teachers to become great or support struggling teachers to improve, coaching should be part of your staff-development strategy.

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Going Beyond CPD: John Hattie Interview

Posted by Rachel Finch on 21 November, 2014

Going Beyond CPD: John Hattie Interview

Hot on the heels of his keynote at Whole Education’s annual conference is this 20 minute John Hattie interview with Graham Newell where he talks about the importance and role of teachers in improving outcomes for young people.

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Student lesson observations: Are you brave enough?

Posted by Rachel Finch on 17 January, 2012

Student lesson observations: Are you brave enough?

Would you let a student observe your lesson and feedback on your teaching practice?

Many teachers would shudder at the idea. But some schools are doing this as part of their programme to improve teaching and learning. I discovered this when I came across an article “Fresh Perspectives” written by Liz Lightfoot in the ASCL Leader magazine last July.

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Day to day inspirations & creativity for in the classroom & out

Posted by Rachel Finch on 18 April, 2011

Day to day inspirations & creativity for the classroom

What are you inspired by?… A beautiful sight on your morning commute? A sunny day? A colleague embracing achievement? A comment by Stephen Fry on Twitter? A pupil enthusing about a leap forward?

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