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The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Katie Renton

Katie Renton is the content executive for In-House Training. Prior to joining Optimus, Katie worked at the Shakespeare Schools Festival providing drama programmes for schools.

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Great teaching, great learning: supporting new teachers to develop their craft

The first years of teaching are a time where the foundation should be laid for developing into a confident and inspiring classroom practitioner. However, under the weight of new responsibilities and learning experiences, time for CPD can be difficult to come by. 'Excellence is a continuous process...
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Equipping your staff to support mental health needs

A healthy mind is an essential ingredient for a young person’s development. Ensure your staff are trained to know the triggers and to support pupils in need. Children and young people face many challenges in their developing years. Navigating their way through societal pressures, stress and...
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Performance evaluation: being fair and consistent

Quality teaching can be achieved in many forms, which makes judgements on the effectiveness of teachers a huge challenge. Performance management in schools is more important than ever. This is for two key reasons. Decentralisation of the evaluation process means senior leaders are responsible for...
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Action research: challenging and improving teaching practice

Teachers are constantly challenged to improve and reflect on their practice. Katie Renton, junior content executive at Optimus Education, looks at how teachers can improve pupils’ experiences in the classroom through action research. Professional development in schools must create an overt...
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The aim of teaching school alliances

Optimus Education recently held the ‘National Teaching School Summit 2015’ in London, bringing senior leaders from all across the country to meet and share their strategies for developing teaching schools. Katie Renton, junior content executive, summarises the main aims that were discussed...
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