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For November and December, we’re bringing you Leading The Way, a series all about being an effective school leader. We’ll be publishing articles on the likes of staff wellbeing, school communities, curriculum planning, CPD and networking. Then there’s the case of edtech, which offers schools a variety of challenges and opportunities.

“To state the obvious, technology is now fully embedded in our lives,” says edtech specialist Terry Freedman. “It therefore stands to reason that a school in which technology is not part of the very fabric of the place is likely to be seen as somehow not quite part of the ‘real world’.

“Being a technology-rich school is no longer merely a ‘nice-to-have’ - it is essential. Put simply, why would anyone stay in an environment in which their job is made harder because of the lack of time and labour-saving software, if they have the choice of working in a better-equipped school?”

With this in mind, enjoy these amazing articles, which are powered by edtech solutions provider Groupcall.

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What’s the #1 annual publication in education? We may be biased, but for us it’s the Innovate My School Guide 2017/18. The third edition of this inspirational periodical sees 40 top educators tackle 10 of the most exciting areas in the sector, ranging from The Hottest Edtech Trends, to Assessing Assessment, to a Countdown to 2018/19. The IMS Guide is free to read on our website, and will throughout the year be distributed in print at selected education events across the UK and around the world. 


Want to see how one of the UK’s top educators is setting up her ideal school? This Is Your Year awaits. Did you know that there’s a wellbeing network being run for teachers, by teachers on Twitter? Read more in Community Partnerships. Meanwhile, in Leading The Way you can read one bestselling author’s take on what British schools could learn from the United States - and vice versa.


Here are some snippets of what you can expect to find inside this unmissable resource…


“Know yourself. Easier said than done, but being self-aware is critical here. Know, for example, when you’re really too tired to do a job well, and reschedule so that you can tackle it when you’re fresher. Know when you are starting to jeopardise your health and wellbeing, and take action/seek help. And watch that perfectionist streak, if you have one. It doesn’t necessarily lead to the most productive outcome, and you can risk your health and happiness unless you manage to get a grip on it.” - Jill Berry, page 49


“Schools are understanding that connectivity is a right for kids. What they’re doing is innovating in a way that they provide internet access. We’ve seen over the last year schools putting wifi routers on the top of school buses. They’re putting them on the outside of their buildings, so not only can kids learn outside, but the community can get wifi access for free after the school day!” - Eric Sheninger, page 44


“The removal of levels has been like the opening of a birdcage: some fly and flourish, others panic and head back to the cage. Some daren’t let go of the perch! For some it has set them free to develop assessment systems that link directly to the intended and taught curriculum measuring KPIs, which act as the fulcrum of high-quality teaching and learning, rather than purely feeding the industry of spreadsheets full of meaningless data.” - Mick Walker, page 111


“We transform our learning environments each term to fully immerse our children in their learning; when they arrive in school at the start of each term, they find their classroom has taken on the sights, sounds and smells synonymous with the theme. We have found that this is important as it provides our children with a real, sensory ‘hook’ for their learning, alongside additional experiences to draw upon.” - Lisa Pegman, page 30


We can’t wait for you to read the Innovate My School Guide 2017/18. We’re also incredibly keen for feedback - whatever you think, please let us know via hello@innovatemyschool.com. These reactions will help us to shape further publications so that we may better serve the education sector. Visit www.innovatemyschool.com/guides and find your next batch of education innovation.

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