A blended and collaborative CPD experience

This year, teachers have had very limited opportunities to develop meaningful conversations with peers, something our community has shared as having a significant impact on their wellbeing. Furthermore, engagement in effective professional development due to the closure of staffrooms and the cancellation of face-to-face group CPD sessions have been at an all time low. This doesn’t only result in teachers being restricted in further developing teaching and learning, but also has an impact on the outcomes of their pupils.

We believe that traditional face-to-face CPD in isolation is a thing of the past, and here’s why…

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.

However, as blended approaches of classroom and online teaching swiftly become the new normal, surely CPD should follow suit and meet teachers’ needs wherever they are?

What’s required is a blended, reflective and collaborative CPD experience through which teachers remain connected with peers and are able to take an autonomous approach to professional development. A course that’s bridging the gap between theory and real teaching practice to provide meaningful CPD and at the same time, have a positive impact on teacher happiness and wellbeing…

Introducing Film Club Academy:
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. Engage with the pre-reading research and watch clips of teaching practice.


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.


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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Thank you so much for a really enjoyable Film Club. I have attended courses at IRIS Connect and have found them to be amongst my favourites in terms of quality speakers, delivery of theory and the ‘takeaways’ that have helped to improve my teaching.

Alex Ram, Trafalgar Junior School.

Upcoming course dates

Film Club Academy: Instruction & Practice

  • Consider 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.

November 2nd, 2020 | 1 week

Live Webinar
Theory & Discussion
November 9th, 2020 | 15:45 – 17:00

Your Practice
Reflect & Review
2 weeks time

Live Webinar
Sharing Plenary
November 25th, 2020 | 15:45 – 17:00

Film Club Academy: Questioning

  • Link theory, research and practice to understand how questioning concepts relate to teaching practice and formative assessment.
  • Consider the impact of different questioning styles and techniques used for the purpose of formative assessment, and understand their overall effectiveness in your teaching environment.

November 2nd, 2020 | 1 week

Live Webinar
Theory & Discussion
November 11th, 2020 | 15:45 – 17:00

Your Practice
Reflect & Review
2 weeks time

Live Webinar
Sharing Plenary
November 27th, 2020 | 15:45 – 17:00

Proven by research to have a positive 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

Terms and conditions

  1. For this term only, Film Club Academy is free of charge.
  2. Places are limited to three participants per school and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  3. Participants are encouraged to only sign up to one topic per term.
  4. We will require SLT sign off for teachers participating in Film Club Academy.

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

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