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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 to 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?”

The value of research and development in promoting education innovation and pupil achievement

A Naace/MirandaNet seminar about the iCatalyst CPD programme
November 6th 2015, Nottingham

Research by MirandaNet shows that, in the UK, Continuing Professional Development(CPD) for teachers in Technology Enhanced Learning is increasingly fragmented. Those teachers who lead CPD, in school or from outside, do not themselves have enough opportunities for high level training in pedagogical opportunities and systemic change management.

In a joint Naace/MirandaNet partnership seminar MirandaNet Fellows described MirandaNet’s approach to this issue: the iCatalyst CPD programme. In iCatalyst all the stake holders use action research techniques to share evidence of what works and what does not. The data is collected in school as part of a ‘normal’ working day so that the research does not increase a teacher’s workload.

MirandaNet is pleased to hear from educators, schools and companies who would like to be involved in iCatalyst to work as a co-researcher or as a mentor: Please contact Professor Preston by email christina@mirandanet.ac.uk or use the online contact form: http://mirandanet.ac.uk/contact-us

Read more about this event…

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.