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Teaching Schools tip #4

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 28 June, 2012

Teaching schools are charged with the supporting ITT and CPD across their alliance. Quite often schools in a Teaching School alliance will be spread across hundreds of square miles. That makes sharing and collaboration sound immediately quite difficult, not to mention expensive when you take into account lesson cover and travel expenses.

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Teaching Schools tip #3

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 27 June, 2012

In the first two blogs in this Teaching Schools series we’ve established that CPD is only effective if it’s continuous and made more so if it’s collaborative. Developing strong and productive coaching relationships within this framework allows for a supportive environment where trust and dialogue drives improvements.

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Teaching Schools tip #2:

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 26 June, 2012

Teaching Schools tip #2

Yesterday’s blog discussed the need to ensure that professional development activities are part of a continuous process. Continuous CPD is ineffective if carried out in a vacuum and should be done collaboratively within the professional learning community. For Teaching School’s this community stretches across the whole alliance. As Michael Fullan said,

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Teaching Schools tip #1

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 25 June, 2012

Teaching Schools tip #1

Many of the first cohort of teaching schools sprung straight out of the starting block and are already delivering workshops, conferences and courses for schools in their alliance and beyond. One of the most important pieces of advice for these schools and those looking to do the same, is to ensure that all CPD delivery is part of a continuous process of professional development, not just a one of event.

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Teaching Schools Innovation Rather than Replication

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 11 October, 2011

Teaching Schools Innovation Rather than Replication

Alistair Smith, internationally recognised for his modern approach in peer led mentoring and coaching, has identified for IRIS Connect the key characteristics of successful schools that have gone beyond outstanding and become really great. Foremost amongst these characteristics is the embedding of a coaching culture, which enables sustainable change. Drawing on his extensive research and understanding, Alistair identifies the following three features exhibited in schools that have developed a coaching culture:-

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Teaching Schools - Epitome of Experiential Learning

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 6 September, 2011

Teaching Schools - Epitome of Experiential Learning

September marks the launch of the first one-hundred Teaching Schools. The Teaching Schools initiative came out of the Department of Education’s White Paper ‘The Importance of Teaching’ 2010, and is part of the government’s vision to improve outcomes for pupils through improved teacher training and CPD.

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