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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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The ebb and flow of the teacher workforce: solutions

Posted by Dr Jonathan Doherty on 21 July, 2016

The Government’s aspiration to have a world-class teaching profession where UK schools are on a par with those elsewhere in the world is certainly laudable. It is, however, only an aspiration without the vital ingredient of high quality teachers in our schools who will ensure that every child achieves his or her potential. 

Minus this critical ingredient, this aspiration is nothing short of a pipedream and the fact is there is a national crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers in this country. 

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Behaviour management training: John Bayley's response to ITT report

Posted by John Bayley on 20 July, 2016

One of the gaps in initial teacher training in recent times has been training in behaviour management. The last coalition government scrapped the National Strategies and were content to issue a series of edicts outlining the legal powers open to schools and teachers. 

I have just been reading Tom Bennett’s report for the ex-Secretary of State for Education on behaviour training in initial teacher training*. It is part of the wider review of training due to be delivered by the IETT working group.

I hope the report fares better than Nicky Morgan as it shows how to fill the gap left by the coalition government.

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New recommendations for ITT behaviour management

Posted by Rosie Neill on 20 July, 2016

Students miss out on 38 days of teaching a year due to low level disruptive behaviour - Ofsted, 2015.

1/3 schools leaders have thought NQTs were not well prepared for working in a school, with 73% saying this was due to a lack of classroom management skills – NAHT, 2015.

With stats like these, behaviour management is a hot topic in the debate about initial teacher training (ITT) and 2 new reports have recently been published with recommendations for how behaviour management is approached in ITT…

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8 point summary of the new ITT framework and standards for mentors

Posted by Rosie Neill on 14 July, 2016

This week, the government released a new framework of core content for initial teacher training. Here’s a quick summary of the key points and recommendations you need to know.

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