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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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Can teacher CPD have a positive effect on pupil progress in maths?

Posted by Elizabeth Humphrey on 10 May, 2016

Elizabeth Humphrey, Year 3 Teacher at City Academy Whitehawk (CAW) in Brighton, has undertaken a project to investigate whether teacher continued professional development can have a positive effect on pupil progress in maths.

In this guest blog post, Elizabeth shares her findings…

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Planning Professional Learning

Posted by Rosie Neill on 12 January, 2015

Backward planning: The way forward

Planning professional learning without first clearly deciding the effect you want it to have is like choosing the route for a journey before deciding on the destination. Of course, the route is important, but there’s little point in setting off before you know where it is you want to go.

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A Personal Journey

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 4 December, 2014

IRIS Connect – A Personal Journey from Matt McDonald

Educational Reformer John Dewy once said “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience”.

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