A blended and collaborative CPD experience

We believe that traditional face-to-face CPD in isolation is a thing of the past.

Research shows that only 5-10% of teachers transfer learning from traditional CPD into their classroom. This is because evidence suggests that effective CPD needs to include theory, demonstration, practice with feedback, and peer coaching. Yet most traditional CPD only covers the first two aspects. What’s required is a course that bridges the gap between theory and real teaching practice to provide meaningful CPD.

Introducing Film Club Academy: a blended, reflective and collaborative CPD experience through which teachers remain connected with peers wherever they are and are able to take an autonomous approach to professional development.


Teacher professional development that goes one step further

1. Engage in theory and see real life examples

Prior to your live online screening session, you’ll get access to the pedagogical research that underpins the theory of your chosen topic: Instruction & Practice, Questioning, Dialogue & Oracy and Assessment & Feedback.

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2. Attend the screening and reflect with your peers

Together with educators from across the IRIS Connect community you’ll watch video examples of real teaching practice, reflect on what you’ve seen and discuss your findings in the group using a proven reflective model.

3. Explore your own practice and develop your learning

After completing the screening session, you’ll create a research inquiry around an area of practice you wish to develop. You then return to your teaching to turn your lesson into a learning opportunity by recording an intervention to reflect upon.

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4. Share your findings and improve your practice

Two weeks later you’ll attend a plenary session with your group where you’ll complete your reflective journal, share your findings, learn from one another and make the final steps to further improving your practice. You’ll also receive certification on completion of the process to share with your CPD Lead.

Limited spaces available to non-customers:

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Attending Film Club Academy has been a very valuable learning experience. It’s really encouraged me to reflect on my teaching, and on the whole environment in which my learners are required to engage. I have found that I still continue to reflect on a daily basis in a way that I didn’t before this excellent development opportunity.

Tony Payne, Abingdon and Witney College

Upcoming courses

Film Club Academy: Instruction & Practice

  • Review and discuss the implications of Cognitive Load Theory for instructional strategies.
  • Reflect on examples of instructional practice, connect with other teachers, discuss ideas and review your own instructional practice in light of what has been learned.
  • Through a research enquiry, implement a new strategy in your classroom and reflect on the extent to which it was successful.

Pre-reading
Theory
New dates coming soon

Live Webinar
Theory & Discussion
 

Your Practice
Reflect & Review
 

Live Webinar
Sharing Plenary
 

Film Club Academy: Questioning

  • Link theory, research and practice to determine how questioning concepts relate to teaching practice and formative assessment.
  • Compare different questioning styles and techniques used for the purpose of formative assessment, and evaluate their overall effectiveness in your teaching environment.
  • Identify a new strategy to trial in your own classroom, execute a short research enquiry and evaluate how successful it was with your learners.
  • Within this course you will also have access to a highly experienced educational coach to help you put your ideas into practice.

Pre-reading
Theory
April 20th – April 26th, 2021 | 2 hours

Live Webinar
Theory & Discussion
April 27th, 2021 | 16:00 – 17:30

Your Practice
Reflect & Review
Over a 4 week period

Live Webinar
Sharing Plenary
May 25th, 2021 | 16:00 – 17:30

Film Club Academy: Dialogue & Oracy

  • Review and discuss theory exploring the importance of oracy, and the impact on learning when pupil talk isn’t effectively supported.
  • Engage with fellow educators around how different learning activities can be utilised to support oracy.
  • Apply a new strategy to your classroom to develop oracy and reflect on the effectiveness of the change for your group of learners.

Pre-reading
Theory
New dates coming soon

Live Webinar
Theory & Discussion
 

Your Practice
Reflect & Review
 

Live Webinar
Sharing Plenary
 

Film Club Academy: Assessment & Feedback

  • Reviewing theory and classroom clips, discuss the importance of formative assessment for teaching and learning.
  • Discover different feedback approaches used for the purpose of achieving specific outcomes.
  • Establish a short research enquiry, focussed on assessment and feedback, to carry out in your classroom, before reflecting on its impact.

Pre-reading
Theory
New dates coming soon

Live Webinar
Theory & Discussion
 

Your Practice
Reflect & Review
 

Live Webinar
Sharing Plenary
 

Proven by research to have a positive impact on teachers professional development

18,000+
members

97%
of teachers have found it an effective way to develop their practice

96%
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

Terms and conditions

  1. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  2. Only two participants from each school can participate for free. Additional participant places can be purchased.
  3. Participants are encouraged to only sign up to one topic per term.
  4. Participants are required to give SLT contact details for permission purposes.
  5. IRIS Connect will contact SLT prior to teacher participation in this programme.

Please complete the form to the right and we’ll get back to you via email to confirm next steps.

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