Strategic Regional Partners
Regional Partner for London
Equis Consulting is our strategic partner for the London region. Eddie Gardner, the Director of Equis Consulting, is a former secondary senior leader and has a wealth of consultancy experience supporting schools to improve teaching and learning. He regards IRIS Connect as the missing link between good transfer of skills and sustained, applied improvement in the classroom.
Any sustainable capacity build requires the collaborative tools that create a culture in which skills, ideas, routines, information and effective practice can be easily recorded, stored and exchanged. This content needs to be categorised and made available securely for use internally or across communities of schools. IRIS Connect does all that and more.
Regional Partner for the Midlands and East of England
M4L Solutions offers a wealth of experience to schools across the Midlands and East of England, with consultancy and training services as well as being an approved IRIS Connect partner. Motivation For Life aims to create outstanding relationships with its schools providing consultancy, CPD and supplying cutting edge IT solutions to help create and maintain Outstanding schools.
It has always been my focus to ensure that whatever we do will have a positive impact on the students learning. I am pleased to be an approved partner with IRIS Connect, as collaboration and sharing of good practice is vital to creating Outstanding Schools. IRIS Connect provides a way in which teachers can continually improve what they do within the classroom to further the life chances of their students.
Peter Ingles, Managing Director
Regional Partner for the South West and Wales
Impact Matters work closely with schools and colleges in the South West and Wales to help maximize the effectiveness of teaching and learning through innovative technology. Having worked with one of the UK’s largest specialist AV distributors, Director Matt Richardson specialises in innovative products and understands the strategic and consultative support needed for schools looking to deploy and embed new technology.
Experiential learning is something I have been fortunate to undertake, both professionally and in my sporting life, and it has been invaluable. Working with a coach or colleague to help improve my skill set was incredibly powerful thought it seems, due to strain on resources, it has previously been difficult to implement in Education. However, the practicality of IRIS Connect provides schools with a simple and effective way to facilitate professional development. It is rare to get the chance to work with a product that is truly “innovative” but the impact IRIS Connect is having on teaching and learning is incredibly powerful and I am delighted to be one of their approved partners.
Regional Partner for the North of England
Smartmove Interactive Learning are a proud and long established partner of IRIS Connect. They are based in Yorkshire and specialise in supporting schools with CPD training, ICT support and technology solutions. Smartmove and IRIS Connect share the same goal: to improve and excel in teacher education.
The impact of IRIS Connect on the schools we work with has been amazing. Allowing schools’ to take control of their own CPD to utilise the outstanding teaching and learning that happens every day as a collaborative learning tool. IRIS Connect works with all schools at whatever stage. What is always refreshing for us is the reaction of teachers once they realise that it’s so much more than videoing the teacher!
Mike Brennan, Director
Smartmove began training teachers in the use of innovative ICT over 12 years ago and have developed a reputation for delivering high quality, knowledgeable and practical development sessions.
The National Teacher Enquiry Network (NTEN) are focused sharply on improving teaching and learning through higher quality professional development – and nothing else.
Within the NTEN, there are many networks and groups of organisations that look at all aspects of operation: resourcing and finance, examinations, curriculum, IT systems, legal issues, etc. Unlike other networks, NTEN’s mission is to help their members keep a laser-sharp focus on the work that has been shown to make the biggest difference to pupil outcomes – effective development of staff.
We are proud to be supporting this project, we believe that the journey of a teacher from ‘fair’ to ‘good’ to ‘great’ to ‘outstanding’ is a complex one which involves high level of interaction between colleagues, and so the NTEN’s rigid focus upon the quality of CPD provision is aligned to our company beliefs and values.
Andy Newell, MD, IRIS Connect.
Whole Education are a partnership of like-minded schools, organisations and individuals that believe that all young people should have a fully rounded education; developing the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to help them thrive in life and work.
The Whole Education network brings together individuals, schools and organisations to provide a capacity building network enabling member schools, at whatever stage of their journey, to provide young people with a ‘whole education’. Through the network, schools can learn from one another, share best practice, develop support systems, develop future practice and ultimately enrich the learning experiences of their young people.
Engage Education are an award-winning organisation specialising in finding the best UK teaching opportunities for domestic and overseas teachers whilst providing unique levels of support. Long-term partnerships are developed with schools; by finding, placing and matching high-quality candidates to appropriate opportunities, schools are enabled to continuously raise their standards. Engage also provide high levels of support, training and development for their teachers prior to, during and beyond their placements.
As part of their commitment to providing supportive and effective CPD, Engage are now using IRIS Connect as part of their ongoing professional development services and exploring new ways to share practice more widely to ensure consistency of teaching across their network.
It is great to work closely with a company which shares our values of innovation, quality and measurable impact. Research shows that the two keys for success are high quality recruitment and high quality training. We share this vision and put it into practice.
Graham Newell, Education Director, IRIS Connect
IRIS Connect is proud to be a part of the MirandaNet Fellowship. Established in 1992, the Fellowship is an international professional organisation of policy makers, educators, developers and researchers who collaborate in exchanging ideas and support as well as publishing research studies, case studies and reports aimed at improving the use of innovative digital technologies in classrooms and in professional learning communities.
The MirandaNet Fellowship is a truly international organisation with members in 80 countries who have committed to sharing their experience and expertise in educational innovation using digital technologies, by publishing new professional knowledge in this fast moving field. IRIS Connect are one of very few commercial companies who have been admitted as Associates of the Fellowship and can demonstrate how we, as a company, are committed to supporting evidence based change and innovation both within our company and in the broader educational community.
VIA University College
As the largest provider of education in Denmark, VIA University College continuously work towards maximizing the effectiveness of teaching and learning in all of our educational settings at the University College as well as in the frame-setting of the continuous professional development and consultations that takes place directly in practice.
In Denmark a lot of changes in educational settings happens right now and we want to support the professionals in practice as much as we can. IRIS Connect provides a fantastic opportunity for the professionals to enhance their possibility to reflect on, share and develop practice collaboratively.
In our teacher trainee education in VIA we already have years of experiences as users of IRIS Connect and the results of the research connected to it speak for itself. It makes a difference in the students’ ability to reflect on their own practice and thereby in their learning.
So, entering a partnership with IRIS Connect is a way of working towards offering the best possible education for all of our students (taking our own educations to an even higher level) at the same time as IRIS Connect provides a system that empowers professionals in their own settings, with a strong ethical brand which can take the continuing professional development a step further.
Saxion University of Applied Sciences
Improving the quality of teaching and learning is one of the main goals of the Academy of Education at Saxion University of Applied Sciences and one of the topics of our research at the Centre of Innovation and Effectiveness.
We believe that the partnership between Saxion and IRIS Connect fits in perfectly with our ideas of a continuing professional education model and it gives us an additional opportunity to improve the quality of education, both within and beyond Saxion.
Saxion has a broad network of partner schools in the Netherlands and is the centre of expertise for Dalton education in the country.
Saxion will have a leading role in implementing the IRIS Connect concept in the Netherlands.
Saxion will provide support and training for school teams via its Professionalization Office in the areas of reflection, coaching and strengthening the social capital of schools.
Together with IRIS Connect, we will ensure the effective continuing professional development of teachers on the basis of trust and cooperation.
For more information on how you can work with IRIS Connect in the Netherlands, click here to view our website.
European Schoolnet’s Future Classroom Lab
Created by European Schoolnet (EUN), the Future Classroom Lab (FCL) is an inspirational learning environment in Brussels, Belgium, where IRIS Connect is proud to be an industry partner and contributor to the development of the vision for the school of the future.
European Schoolnet is an international non-profit organisation, set-up by 30 Ministries of Education to support collaboration between schools in
Europe and to stimulate the take-up of new technologies in education. It aims to bring innovation in teaching and learning to the key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers and industry partners.
Through six learning zones, visitors can explore the essential elements in delivering 21st century learning: students’ and teachers’ skills and roles, learning styles, learning environment design, current and emerging technology and societal trends affecting education.
Workshops, strategic seminars and other projects dedicated to teachers’ professional development are being run on a continual basis, using the Future Classroom Lab to identify, analyse and mainstream the best innovative practices in education, and equipping teachers with the necessary skills to develop their teaching practice. IRIS Connect was part of the inspiring Creative Classrooms Lab (CCL) project and we are delighted at our ongoing collaboration with FCL and EUN.