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Latest recipients of Strategic School Improvement Fund released

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 27 August, 2018

We’re proud to announce that we will be working with Aspire Multi-Academy Trust, who are among the few to receive a slice of the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF). Their project aims to do many things, including:

  • Establish evidence-based best practice of maths Mastery in each school in every classroom.
  • Improve the progress of maths at the end of KS2 to a positive score, for all pupils.
  • Establish a sustainable link between each school in the trust and the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub.
  • Increase teacher engagement and confidence in CPD, to maximise their impact and improve teacher retention.

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10 Inspiring Summer Reads for Teachers

Posted by Morgan Stacey on 3 July, 2018

 Summer is on its way which means one thing - barbecues, beaches and books by the pool.

The holidays are a great opportunity to grow and learn as an educator, but choosing the right books is essential. So, whether you’re on the hunt for inspiring reads that demonstrate concepts and strategies for engaging lessons, or you’re struggling with behaviour management and need new ways to motivate students, we’ve got it covered. 

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Video-based CPD - is it worth the investment?

Posted by Celia McCarthy on 6 July, 2017

Video is a powerful professional learning tool. It enables key learning interactions - reflection, feedback, analysis and collaboration. Video can make CPD more personalised, engaging and effective at transforming classroom practice. Most importantly, video-based CPD helps teachers to feel in control of their own professional development.

But do the benefits outweigh the costs?

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Is best practice in teaching always best?

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 11 April, 2017

Of all the things schools could spend their money on, improving the quality of teaching through ongoing professional development of teachers can have the greatest impact on pupil outcomes. It can also be the most cost effective.  So, how can we best develop teacher expertise in our ever changing educational landscape? 

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EEF report evaluating the impact of IRIS Connect

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 31 March, 2017

Research overview:
“Developing classroom dialogue and formative feedback through collective video reflection”

EEF-Sml-needs-EEF-sign-off-before-publishing.jpgThis EEF funded pilot study looked at the use of IRIS Connect alongside a film club programme that is designed to improve primary school teachers’ use of classroom dialogue and feedback. The project was independently evaluated by researchers at Birmingham University.

The EEF trial was designed to find out whether the programme can be practically delivered in classrooms and whether it could be taken to a larger trial to find out what impact it has on attainment.

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