Have meaningful conversations about teaching and learning over distance!

  1. Register below for the session that works best for you.
  2. Complete the 20 minute background reading on the Film Club topic.
  3. Join the Zoom meeting where you will explore high-impact teaching strategies and undertake collaborative tasks with fellow educators from across the IRIS Connect community.
  4. Reflect on teaching and learning in your own classroom or online teaching environment (optional).

IRIS Connect Film Clubs are designed to inspire meaningful conversations about teaching and learning and have a real impact on outcomes. Harnessing the power of video, this professional learning programme helps you to link the theory and research with real teaching practice. Develop your reflective skills within the context of distance learning, and discuss your findings with fellow educators from across the IRIS Connect community. Born out of our research project with the EEF, Film Clubs help teachers to analyse and discuss teaching and learning more effectively, successfully developing a culture of openness and trust.

It’s such a simple idea; getting teachers together to watch clips and then talk about what they see. It’s got our teachers talking about teaching and learning – exchanging ideas and strategies as well as trialling new methods and ways of teaching. It’s made professional learning fun and easy and, as a result, our culture has become more collaborative and open.

Claire Phillips, Deputy Headteacher, Ainslie Wood Primary School

Available webinar topics

Instruction and Practice

Instruction & Practice

  • Consider the implications of Cognitive Load Theory for classroom based and online instruction.
  • Review the instructional strategies aligned with Cognitive Load Theory and consider when they are applied within the learning process.
  • Reflect on examples of instructional practice, connect with other teachers and discuss ideas and review our own instructional practice in light of what has been learned.



  • Focus on the importance of questioning in distance learning, and delve deeper into the varied possibilities that distance learning can provide for both you and your learners.
  • Consider the impact of different questioning styles and techniques used for the purpose of formative assessment, and understand their overall effectiveness when distance teaching.

Dialogue and Oracy

Dialogue & Oracy

  • Consider the importance of oracy and the impact on learning when pupil talk isn’t effectively supported.
  • Discuss with fellow educators how synchronous distance learning activities can be utilised to support oracy.

Assessment and Feedback

Assessment & Feedback

  • Consider the importance of formative assessment, and how you can continue to use it when distance teaching.
  • Discover different feedback approaches used for the purpose of achieving specific outcomes, and consider their overall effectiveness when distance teaching.

Film Clubs are exclusive to IRIS Connect customers only. If you’re not a customer, you can still join
our Distance Learning Film Clubs by signing up for a free trial (no strings attached). Simply click here >

Proven by research to have an impact on teachers professional development


of teachers have found it an effective way to develop their practice

of teachers say it has helped them to discuss teaching and learning in more depth

It’s a place:

  • For constructive, professional dialogue
  • To collaborate, share and build knowledge
  • To give and receive constructive feedback
  • To focus on teaching and learning, not the teacher or the learner
  • For real practice, not best practice

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