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Welcome to IRIS Connects blog space. We hope you enjoy the articles and find something helpful and useful for your professional development and learning.

If you have a topic you'd like us to cover, or if you're interested in covering a relevant professional learning topic yourself in a guest post please contact us.

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5 helpful suggestions for leading a successful team

Posted by Rosie Neill on 19 May, 2016

Leading a positive team that works together harmoniously and productively, where members support each other but also feel empowered to take the initiative and make their own decisions, is no mean feat.

As a leader, here are 5 ideas to help you maximise the success of your team.

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Working towards a sustainable self-improving school system

Posted by Tim Matthews on 13 May, 2016

#ShapingCPD​Last month, IRIS Connect and the University of Cambridge hosted the annual ‘Shaping the future of CPD conference’. This year’s focus being the current recruitment and retention crisis in education and whether professional learning could help to resolve it. Pre-register for this years Shaping the Future of CPD report to find out more about this theme.

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Can teacher CPD have a positive effect on pupil progress in maths?

Posted by Elizabeth Humphrey on 10 May, 2016

Elizabeth Humphrey, Year 3 Teacher at City Academy Whitehawk (CAW) in Brighton, has undertaken a project that investigates whether teacher continued professional development can have a positive effect on pupil progress in maths.

In this guest blog post, Elizabeth shares her findings…

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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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