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The news in and around Teaching, CPD and Professional Development.

GDPR, Surveillance And CCTV

GDPR, Surveillance And CCTV

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new set of EU guidelines governing how organisations like schools handle personal data. The new regulations have replaced the current Data Protection Act (DPA) and were implemented on the 25 May 2018. This piece of...

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Peer To Peer Video Learning

Peer To Peer Video Learning

We often focus on the use of video as a professional development tool for teachers but one of its greatest strengths is for peer to peer learning. Let's not forget the pupils! Peer Learning (PL), Peer-to-Peer collaboration (P2P), or Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) isn't...

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Cheats Never Prosper

Cheats Never Prosper

How can we stop students from cheating in exams? They say that cheats never prosper. The thing is, many often do because they get away with it. Cheating in exams is nothing new as some students (and their parents) will do anything to secure good grades. There are even...

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Video For A Self-Improving School

Video For A Self-Improving School

How can video be used for self-improvement? A self-improving school requires complex collaboration and mixes together three core features: coordination, communication and bonding (Hargreaves, 2010). It also requires 'magnets, glue and drivers' where professional...

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Did I Hear Someone VERP?

Did I Hear Someone VERP?

How often do you use VERP? When we focus on reviewing micro-moments of video-clips of our own successful communications with students, something magical happens: we start to believe in ourselves! When moments of vitality are shared and built on then we can get even...

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Hot Potato

Hot Potato

Should schools use CCTV? Education is crammed with ‘Marmite’ topics and one spiky binary debate that always ruffles feathers is whether CCTV should be used in schools or not. Some welcome the use of CCTV, some it as a necessary evil and others see it as a sinister...

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Observation Deck

Observation Deck

Can you feel it? The rumbling and grumbling; it’s getting louder and louder. There’s now a real movement and shift away from traditional high-stakes ‘one-size fits all’ approach to lesson observations as fed-up teachers are claiming back their classrooms and...

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Video Modelling

Video Modelling

One exciting way to enhance teaching and learning using video is an evidence-based intervention called video modelling (VM) otherwise known as video-based intervention (VBI). VM is a visual teaching method that involves watching a video demonstrating a targeted...

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VLTs: Brace For Impact

Do you have a video learning team (VLT) in your school? Successful schools put video learning teams (VLTs) at the heart of learning in order to drive pupil and teacher progress. Learning teams work together to bring about change and to help each other learn as a...

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Using video to enhance CPD

Using video to enhance CPD

Lesson observations have been demonised over the years and they suffer a terrible image problem  fuelled by Ofsted horror stories, misguided school-led observations and teacher trepidation of senior managers. But it is time to shake off these negatives and focus on...

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Video is a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning. Staff, students, leaders and parents can now engage with video in ways that were unattainable several years ago.

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