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Rosie Neill

Rosie is a graduate from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. She has a passion for reading and writing. She also enjoys learning more about our education system, researching and creating useful content for teachers. In her spare time, she’s a big fan of running and gluten-free pizza!
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The importance of self-reflection

Posted by Rosie Neill on 21 February, 2018

In today's busy education world it's easy to get caught up in the activities of day-to-day teaching and leave no time for self-reflection.  But self-reflection is an important part of what can make you a good teacher and can be hugely valuable. It gives you the time to think  deeply about your teaching;  about what you do in the classroom, why you do it and why it works, enabling you to identify any changes and improvements you could make.

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Where does video technology fit in a whole school CPD approach?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 9 May, 2017

Video is not just a powerful tool for individual, teacher self-reflection that's done behind closed doors. You can also use video to help your school achieve a collaborative, whole school approach to CPD.

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Communication and trust: how to get things off the ground

Posted by Rosie Neill on 13 April, 2017

For educational change – the kind that makes measurable, sustainable improvements to teaching and learning – a school needs to have the right environment in place.

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7 tips for getting off to a good start with video CPD

Posted by Rosie Neill on 31 March, 2017

There can be challenges when introducing anything new, be it a curriculum change, a new approach to CPD or the latest development in technology. One thing schools can do to make adoption easier is ensure they have the right type of culture in place, the kind where improvements in teaching and learning can thrive.

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Professional development for teachers: what do they really want?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 23 March, 2017

We asked 1,000 teachers what professional development activities they would prioritise if they were in control of their own CPD. They gave us some interesting insight.

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What NQTs want and need: how to really improve retention

Posted by Rosie Neill on 20 March, 2017

NQTs are the biggest flight risk from the teaching profession. At a time of dwindling budgets, school leaders need to act quickly and take practical steps to retain teachers at the start of their career.

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