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Reality Check: How reality TV can help you embed video CPD at your school

Posted by Claire Probert on 15 July, 2019

Guest blog written by Claire Probert, Lancot Challenger Academy

CPD. So often associated with death by PowerPoint, as a room full of tea-drinking teachers subtly write ever expanding to-do lists to be completed later that same day, if not during the training!

I don’t find this acceptable; I firmly believe that we should practice what we preach. For our pupils, we rightly demand that our staff eliminate passive learning, develop active questioning, promote pupil-led learning and all within an engaging, safe and positive climate. At my school, my staff deserve exactly that too and myself and my IRIS Connect Lead, Jenny Fraser, are passionate about offering this to our team.

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How healthy is your school's CPD culture?

Posted by Alexandra Spalding on 24 June, 2019

Developing a CPD culture takes time and effort. It can't be imposed or imported overnight. That being said, there are things that you can do to create an environment where teachers want to learn and develop their instructional practice. 

Get started by reflecting on the following 7 questions...

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How we used video CPD to build a sustainable learning culture

Posted by Sunny Gunessee on 10 June, 2019

Guest blog written by Sunny Gunessee, Carshalton Boys Sports College.

Since the introduction of video CPD (IRIS Connect), our school has gone from strength to strength when it comes to the growth of teaching, learning and development of leadership and management. The investment in IRIS Connect in June 2018 caused a tangible shift in the quality of provision we provide, particularly in the area of NQTs, experienced staff, subject leaders and pastoral leaders having more collective efficacy.

So how can a school after only one year have created such a culture?


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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.


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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.

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10 must-read CPD books for teachers and school leaders

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 5 March, 2019

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of professional development books on the market. So, how do you know which ones are worth your time or not? We did some research to find out which books education professionals would recommend, and created this list of 10 books that will inspire, motivate and educate. Take a look…

 

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