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How do teachers learn best? What you need to consider for effective CPD

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 20 October, 2016

Where does ownership of CPD lie? With the teacher? The CPD provider? SLT? Perhaps a more important question is where do you think it should lie?

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10 successful networking tips and icebreakers

Posted by Rosie Neill on 28 September, 2016

Being in a new circle of people can be daunting, particularly if you're at education conferences or education events to network but aren’t sure how to get talking to the strangers around you. Luckily, these networking tips and icebreakers will have you chatting confidently in no time.

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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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