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Educators unite to reveal what schools NEED this year

Press Release: September 21, 2017

Educators unite to reveal what schools NEED this year

What’s the #1 annual publication in education? A group of 40 teachers, school leaders and edu-consultants have united to discuss the most important issues facing schools today. The Innovate My School Guide 2017/18 sees leading voices such as Mark Anderson, Jill Berry, Eric Sheninger and Mick Walker tackle school leadership, classroom creativity, assessment, school budgets and much more.

The IMS Guide is free to read on the Innovate My School 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, former headteacher and leading SLT consultant, 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, award-winning principal and International Center for Leadership in Education senior fellow, 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, CIEA trustee, 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, deputy headteacher, page 30

Released on 13th September, the Guide has already been warmly received online, as seen through the @InnovateMySchl Twitter account. Innovate My School are incredibly keen for reader feedback - let them know via hello@innovatemyschool.com. These reactions will help the organisation and their community shape further publications and better serve the education sector.

Michael Forshaw, Innovate My School founder and CEO, commented: “It’s great to finally be able to share this Guide with the global education community. Our contributors have worked to bring some incredible ideas into the limelight - for example, did you know that having school goats can have a positive effect on both pupils and staff? Or that assessment can be improved by bringing game show tactics into the classroom? It really is a fascinating and eclectic read.”

Visit www.innovatemyschool.com/guides and find your next batch of education innovation.

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