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Live remote coaching found to be transformative for teachers

Posted by Rosie Neill on 14 September, 2016

High rates of attrition among early career teachers could indicate that practice in the classroom is challenging, overall workload is excessive and that current professional development models are not meeting their needs (Guardian, 2013).

The MirandaNet Fellowship has undertaken research to investigate whether using video technology to coach teachers in a positive, reflective and learning culture can enhance teacher practice and help reduce attrition rates.

The findings of their research have been published in a new report this week.

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Summary of the standard for teachers' professional development

Posted by Rosie Neill on 14 September, 2016

In conjunction with the College of Teaching, the government have published a new standard for teachers’ professional development.

Wondering what this means for you? We’ve put together this quick summary of the new standard, so you can get clued up with what you need to know to be able to provide professional development that has a real impact on teaching and learning.

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Developing effective dialogic teaching and classroom talk

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 9 September, 2016

Is great dialogue taking place in your classroom and across your school? It’s well worth taking the time to reflect on this given the robust evidence that dialogic teaching (more broadly known as classroom talk) is key to improving formative assessment of pupils. Research shows that there is a direct relationship between dialogic teaching and improved individual and collective academic outcomes.

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The value of action research: Broadening evidence base for teachers

Posted by Owen Carter on 9 September, 2016

The DfE standard for teachers’ professional development couldn’t make it much clearer: high-quality professional development is as complex as high-quality teaching. Great CPD ‘requires workplaces to be steeped in rigorous scholarship, with professionals continually developing and supporting each other’.

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Is this the future of work-life balance?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 15 August, 2016

Work-life balance is a sensitive subject, particularly in the education sector... so  what do you make of author and peak performance expert, Dan Thurmon's quirky suggestion for how to get a better handle on your life?

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John Hattie: 5 things to do to improve staff retention

Posted by Rosie Neill on 25 July, 2016

In an exclusive interview with IRIS Connect, Professor John Hattie answered questions about how the education system can boost staff retention levels. As Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, John's answers are based on decades of studying schools around the world.

Discover his 5 tips for keeping high quality teachers in the classroom...

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