Exploring what matters

Welcome to the IRIS Connect blog space where you can join conversations and discover free resources, tips and summaries. We hope you find something useful for your professional development and learning.

If you have a topic you'd like us to cover or if you're interested in covering one yourself in a guest post, please contact us.


guide to improving teacher happiness and wellbeing

.

10 simple steps to a positive professional learning culture

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 3 June, 2019

Refining teachers skills and practice through continuing professional development (CPD) is a key factor in any school’s success. So, cultivating a positive culture around professional development is essential, but it can be complex.

Here are 10 easy ways to help your school develop a culture where improvements in teaching and learning can thrive.  These tips also support the implementation of the Department for Education’s Standard for teachers’ professional development.

Happy businesswoman showing thumb up over gray background. Wearing in blue shirt and glasses. Looking at camera

Read More

3 ways teachers can use video for better exam preparation

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 20 May, 2019

Half term is over, May is quickly passing and ensuring success for all your students in the upcoming exams and tests, I'm sure, is rarely far from your minds. Here are 3 ways video technology can not only support exam and test preparation, but enhance it for both you and your learners.

Happy young woman sitting on the floor with crossed legs and using laptop on gray background

 

Read More

5 benefits of being a reflective teacher

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 13 May, 2019

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”- John Dewey

There is one quality above all others that makes a good teacher - the ability to reflect on what, why and how they do things and to adapt and develop their excellence in teaching.

 

This is an extract from our new ‘Practical Guide to Enabling Effective Teacher Reflection’. Download the entire guide for FREE here >

nesa-by-makers-1130758-unsplash-1

 

Read More

5 steps for SLT to ensure effective CPD next year

Posted by Edward Williams on 7 May, 2019

As the summer term flies by and we look ahead to the next academic year, now is the time to seriously consider which CPD opportunities are going to be the best options for the future of your school and its staff.

Students sitting at a table in a library while learning and working on a laptop

Read More

Marking vs. Feedback:  how video [IRIS Connect] has helped

Posted by Emma Turner on 23 April, 2019

Guest blog from Emma Turner, Deputy Headteacher and Leader of Teaching and Learning at Springwood Primary School - @MrsWelshTurner

In Education, there is always one certainty... marking!

There has always been marking: marking that identifies what pupils have done well; marking that celebrates and marking that moves pupils learning on. It’s the one thing that all teachers expect, lugging home that huge pile of books for an evening or a weekend.

However, ‘distance’ marking has been proven to be far less effective at helping pupils to improve, or motivating them to try harder, than immediate feedback given verbally in the moment. We’ve known this for a while. Yet many schools still insist on their teachers marking in detail every piece of work that every child does.

blog pic marking

 

Read More

5 recommendations for retaining your teachers

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 2 April, 2019

As a school leader, great teachers are your most important asset. But we all know that teachers are notoriously under-compensated and underappreciated. While the work is incredibly rewarding, it can also require more than a 40-hour workweek and excessive workloads, meaning great teachers are choosing to leave for professions that pay more and demand less.  In fact in 2015 social media was buzzing with the news that more than 50% of teachers in England 'plan to quit in the next two years'.

As a result, schools and school leaders are having to work hard at replacing, attracting, and retaining excellent educators. Here are five ways to make your school the kind of place that great teachers want to stay in:

Successful diverse young business team giving a victorious thumbs up to show their success and motivation, close up view of their raised hands

Read More

Get blog notifications

Keep up to date with our latest professional learning blogs.