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3 steps to power up teacher wellbeing

Posted by Maria Brosnan on 30 May, 2018

Guest blog from Business and Wellbeing Consultant, Maria Brosnan - maria-brosnan.com

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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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Is technology the answer to effective inter-school collaboration?

Posted by Katie Eldridge on 16 May, 2018

Inter-school collaboration


The education system is becoming more collaborative. Arguably the profession has always been more open than most, but there is now an explicit expectation for organisations like Teaching Schools and academy chains to foster inter-school collaboration and for school leaders to drive high quality professional learning networks.

Teachers themselves have also been drivers of change. From spontaneous connections via social media to the more formal links via the Chartered College of Teaching, more teachers than ever before are working together to develop professionally and improve outcomes for learners.


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Headteacher insight: How to protect your staff from everyday pressures

Posted by Liam Collins on 15 May, 2018

Guest blog from Headteacher at Uplands Community College, Liam Collins. Find him at @LiamHCollins

As this is my 6th year as a headteacher, it feels like the time to reflect on the journey so far and the next stage of my school’s development.  The last five years have been tough because of the tsunami of change that has washed over us. As the majority of OFSTED accountability moved onto SLTs’ shoulders, it became easy to let the wave of DfE change crash onto the staff, because, as schools, we have just not had the time to reflect on what has happened since 2010.

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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 I learned from recording my teaching practice

Posted by David Rogers on 8 May, 2018

Guest blog from David Rogers, a multi-award winning geography teacher and Deputy Headteacher at Focus Learning Trust, Hindhead. Find him at david.rogers.blog and @davidErogers

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