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Feedback to the Future

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 27 April, 2016

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For some teachers, the professional learning opportunities available to them seem stuck in 1985 or even 1955.

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The Best Education Film Puns from #AcademiesLDN16

Posted by Rachel Finch on 21 April, 2016

Voting is now closed...

We asked delegates at this week's Academies Show, London, to share their best educational film pun to be in with the chance of winning a £50 cinema voucher. We got some great responses. 

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Slides from Shaping the Future of CPD 2016

Posted by Rachel Finch on 15 April, 2016

Shaping the Future of CPD attendeesWant a reminder of what was covered at Shaping the Future of CPD 2016 last week? Not able to come along to the event but want to know what was dicussed? Fear not, here are all the slides from the presentations during the event.

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The future of the recruitment and retention crisis

Posted by Graham Newell on 8 April, 2016

I have so many questions!

  • Am I alone in my frustration?solutions to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis
  • Are current reforms simply a distraction that will diminish rather than improve the quality of education in England?
  • Are schools having to focus on the urgent and not the important?

Ahead of this year’s #ShapingCPD conference, I’ve been thinking about what has made the headlines in education since last year’s conference recommendations were published.

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4 principles for improving teaching: a deputy headteacher’s story

Posted by Tim Matthews on 30 March, 2016

tim matthews deputy headteacher oriel high schoolStarting a new job as a Deputy Headteacher is a daunting task, especially when the title includes words such as ‘responsible for’ and ‘quality & standards’

My mind went into overdrive after securing the position at Oriel High School, as the enormity of the task ahead set in. Assuring the quality of teaching across approximately 100 individuals and securing improvements in outcomes for around 1,400 students made herding cats seem like an easy task! 

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Academies: is focus in the wrong place?

Posted by Rosie Neill on 23 March, 2016

John Hattie’s mantra is: “all that really counts is teaching, teaching and teaching”. wakefield city academies trust collaborating

So why the drive towards academies? Is the Government focusing on unproven structural change instead of having a clear focus on what really matters – teachers and the quality of teaching?

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