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15 of the best educators and #EdTech accounts to follow on Twitter in 2018

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 26 October, 2018

Following educators on Twitter will help you to keep up-to-date on the latest advice and research in education, as well as find and share resources, and be part of a passionate, international community of professionals.

If you’re not sure where to get started, here’s 15 educators and #edtech accounts we recommend following this year and beyond (list in no particular order):

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How can you measure the impact of CPD?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 10 September, 2018

If you've invested time, money and effort into a CPD programme, you’ll naturally want to know that it’s having a positive impact on your school’s teaching and learning.

Taking the time to evaluate your CPD is important. It helps you to better understand which CPD activities are beneficial and actually lead to improved teacher practice and which ones don’t, ensuring you feel confident in the opportunities you offer your staff.

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How to choose the right CPD provision and provider

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 22 August, 2018

Investing in CPD in general is unlikely to dramatically improve a school nor provide value for money. As a school leader, you need to make informed decisions to invest in professional learning that is tailored to your schools and teachers’ needs. But where do you start?

Before exploring the CPD opportunities on offer, it’s important to first establish the type of CPD provision you need, because different skills gaps will require different learning formats.

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From surviving to thriving: advice for your first NQT year

Posted by John Mulgrew on 20 August, 2018
Teaching is hard. But it’s also one of the most important professions around, because it's responsible for cultivating and nurturing the next generation of doctors, scientists, business leaders and teachers. The first year of being an NQT is exhausting, emotional and can sometimes come down to survival. BUT, it’s also hugely rewarding and the first step in a worthwhile, fulfilling career. What can you do to thrive rather than just survive an NQT year?


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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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5 resources for teachers heading into senior leadership roles

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 23 April, 2018
Transitioning to a leadership role is a challenging career move. You must go from follower to being the one who guides, motivates, inspires and manages. The transition takes time, experience, skills and commitment.  Here are 5 resources to help you prepare for your new role:
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