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Prep learning - my journey into implementing metacognition and self-regulated learning

Posted by Neil Williams on 8 July, 2019

What is prep learning?

Prep learning is a learning method that promotes the teaching of metacognition and actively supports independent learning, mindfulness and self-regulated assessment.

Pupils using the prep learning method access a teacher-made website which allows them to study exemplary work, both written and visual, to develop a deeper understanding of their qualification curriculum.

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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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Marking vs. Feedback:  how video [IRIS Connect] has helped

Posted by Emma Turner on 23 April, 2019

Guest blog from Emma Turner, Deputy Headteacher and Leader of Teaching and Learning at Springwood Primary School - @MrsWelshTurner

In Education, there is always one certainty... marking!

There has always been marking: marking that identifies what pupils have done well; marking that celebrates and marking that moves pupils learning on. It’s the one thing that all teachers expect, lugging home that huge pile of books for an evening or a weekend.

However, ‘distance’ marking has been proven to be far less effective at helping pupils to improve, or motivating them to try harder, than immediate feedback given verbally in the moment. We’ve known this for a while. Yet many schools still insist on their teachers marking in detail every piece of work that every child does.

 

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4 ways to spice up teaching using video

Posted by Stephanie Anne Dudley on 18 March, 2019

Guest blog by Stephanie Anne Dudley, English Key Stage Coordinator at The Excel Academy. 

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Money matters - 3 ideas to help your school's CPD budget go further

Posted by Liam Collins on 25 February, 2019

Guest blog by Liam Collins, Director of Curriculum and Learning at GLF Schools. He also worked for six years as head of a comprehensive school in East Sussex.  He can be found on twitter here @liamhcollins


 

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Hitting the right notes: improving teaching practice with the Chartered Teacher Programme

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 18 January, 2019

Guest blog from Dr Steven Berryman, Director of Music at City of London School for Girls and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. Also, Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

As a musician, practice is part of daily life. Or I tell my pupils that it is. We practice to maintain our facility at our instrument (or voice), often using exercises to keep certain aspects in good health (such as sound production) because we want our instrumental/vocal skills to be ready when we need them.

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