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The importance of self-reflection

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith 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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Your quick guide to Independent / State School Partnerships

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 13 September, 2017

As an independent school, there are probably a number of questions that spring to mind when you think of Independent / State School Partnerships (or ISSPs). What are they they? What are the benefits? Is it right for your school?

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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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7 ways to save money and improve outcomes with IRIS Connect

Posted by Andy Newell on 10 March, 2017

A message to school leaders in our community, from Founder of IRIS Connect, Andy Newell-Smith:

I would like to thank you for your investment in IRIS Connect, I have confidence in your decision to prioritise CPD. Leading professional learning is still more than twice as impactful upon learners as any other investment school leaders can make.

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Twitter: hopefully not the best CPD you've ever had

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 18 March, 2016

Twitter birdTwitter in itself isn’t going to have significant impact on your classroom practice. Controversial? Let me explain…

A recent Guardian article started by stating that “with funding for traditional continued professional development events in short supply, social media is being used more and more to support informal, peer to peer learning among teachers”.

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John Hattie research: what works best in education?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 15 July, 2015

How do we increase the expertise of all teachers?

This is the key question addressed by renowned education expert, John Hattie, in his new report: ‘What Works Best in Education: the Politics of Collaborative Expertise’. 

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