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Changing education through innovation


iCatalyst LogoWorkshop: Education innovation and pupil achievement through practice-based research
21st May, The Innovation Centre, De Montfort University

This forthcoming MirandaNet iCatalyst workshop is an opportunity for teachers, leaders, researchers and MirandaNet associates to work together on professional development strategies to implement innovation in teaching and learning and improve achievement.

In the morning teachers who are co-researchers will discuss their findings from recent MirandaNet research reports that show how education products have raised attainment and achievement in their schools, enhanced professional development programmes and provided evidence for OfSTED and Pupil Premium.

In the afternoon delegates will break into groups to plan action research projects that will provide practitioners with new ideas for bringing innovations into the classroom. Working with developers and researchers, educators will also be able to influence educational product design in order to meet their teaching and learning needs.

Innovation in Professional Development: collaborative classroom coaching with web-video and web-aIRIS Logoudio.

The Phase Two draft report of MirandaNet’s research into the effectiveness of the Iris Connect system for professional development in classroom practice is published.

Download “Innovations in professional development: real-time, in-ear coaching” from the Iris Connect research page.


Free vision checks for all school children

Research suggests that approximately 15% of school-age children have poor vision in one or both eyes. This can make certain tasks more difficult and, in some cases, have negative consequences for a child’s learning. Yet according Cool kidto an investigation by the College of Optometrists, less than a third of Local Authorities provide any vision screening in schools. Against this background, Professor Thomson from City University, London,  has developed software known as SchoolScreener EZ™ which can detect poor vision in a simple three minute test.

Thanks to support from Specsavers, SchoolScreener EZ™ is being offered free of charge to all schools in the UK, providing a valuable new tool for schools  to use as required, or at certain key stages, to detect children with vision problems as they progress through primary and secondary education.

For more details read the MirandaNet Blog post: “Can you read the letters on this chart?”


In the Newsticker machine

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  • The Washington Post: The weird story of the arrest of a Canadian education researcher in Uganda
    22nd Jun 2016

    A Canadian doctoral student who was in Uganda to research the operations of a for-profit outfit called Bridge International Academies (BIA) was arrested after complaints about his work by the company.

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  • HP just officially made backpack VR computers a trend
    28th May 2016

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  • Telegraph: Schools as businesses – when education doesn’t always come first
    28th May 2016

    The drive towards the marketisation of education, however, raises the dilemma long faced by independent schools, as to whether they are first and foremost purveyors of education, or businesses that need to operate with an eye to the marketplace in order to survive

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  • The Guardian: Student loans: the next big mis-selling scandal?
    28th May 2016

    The most serious case for mis-selling rests on a decision taken by George Osborne last November. In 2010 the government committed to uprate the £21,000 repayment threshold in line with average earnings. But in November 2015 it wasfrozen for five years, a move that will affect current students and graduates who took out post-2012 loans, including Crowther. A change to loan conditions, made after a loan is taken out? A mortgage company can’t legally do that to borrowers – so why is the government doing it to students?

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Professional Development: DfE Call for Evidence

In September 2015 the independent Professional Development Expert Group, which is working to develop a new non-statutory standard for teachers’ professional development, announced a consultation calling for evidence and examples of good practice.  The group is chaired by David Weston, the CEO of the Teacher Development Trust.  The Teacher Development trust issued a press release here: http://tdtrust.org/cpdcfevidence/.

MirandaNet submitted its response to this consultation in October 2015, drawing on its many years of experience and expertise in developing sustainable professional development programmes for teachers.

Read the MirandaNet consultation response.

This initiative was preceded by the publication of the international review “Developing Great Teaching: Lessons from the international reviews into effective professional development” published in June 2015. The TDT review can be downloaded here: http://tdtrust.org/about/dgt/.


Digital Citizenship

In February 2015 MirandaNet, ITTE, Castlegate Consultancy, the London Knowledge Lab and the International Baccalaureate ran a knowledge building event on the topic of ‘Digital Citizenship‘. Before circulation of the final report MirandaNet welcomes comments.  Readers may submit comments at the end of the report which is here.