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Resources and links for your professional life
I Can Teach recommends the following links to support you in your professional life as a teacher.

All sites have been recommended and used by teaching professionals.


AQA
UK based exam board with links to curriculum content.

Association of School and College Leaders
A professional body for school leader (formerly SHA). Covering recent developments in the world of school leadership and information for those aspiring to these positions.

Association of Teachers and Lecturers
One of the main teaching unions in the UK. Lots of information on performance management, workforce reform and recent developments in the profession.

Department for Education
The UK government website giving official information on developments in education.

Edexcel
UK based exam board with links to curriculum content.

Guardian Teacher Network
This a fantastic place to look for free teaching resources. The Guardian have done an excellent job of organising this to make navigation easy and reliable. From ages 4-18, there are thousands of resources uploaded by teachers. The newsletter highlights some great new additions and time saving search tips. There are also links to the best of Education news from The Guardian. Follow them on Twitter @GuardianTeach for regular updates. We think you will really like this!

Merlin John Online
Merlin John is a highly respected and well renowned voice of authority in the world of Education. His website provides a unique perspective on the people and ideas that are driving Education in the right direction. A good starting point for new ideas and innovation.

NASUWT
One of the main teaching unions in the UK. Lots of information on performance management, workforce reform and recent developments in the profession.

National College for Leadership of Schools and Childrens Services
Useful links to current research and philosophy in education particularly for aspiring middle leaders and Headteachers. This is a great place to share ideas and look for solutions to common problems in education.

National Union of Teachers
One of the main teaching unions in the UK. Lots of information on performance management, workforce reform and recent developments in the profession.

Ofsted
The official body for inspecting schools in the UK. Provides links to school reports and official publications as well as an FAQ and contact details. Some interesting stuff for professional development.

Schoolzone
Providing a number of services for teachers, Schoolzone deliver a huge range of reviews on educational resources and suppliers and a chance for teachers themselves to take part in the reviews. So before you commit precious budgets to resources, take a look to see what Schoolzone have to say. Register for free to get access to the best bits.

TeacherNet
A huge depository of relevant information despite recent changes to the UK Government. Useful resources and guides to current practice, policy and strategies.

Teachers' Pensions
Everything you need to know about Pensions. Advice and information.

Teachers TV
A well respected source of professional development and sharing good practice. Plenty of material for use in training sessions, whole school improvement and the wider world of education. A statement from Teachers TV explains that despite termination of their contract with the UK Government, the 4000 educational videos will continue to be available online.

TED
So much more than Technology, Entertainment and Design - this is fast becoming the model for 21st Century professional development. One of the leading providers of inspirational talks about everything. You will not be disappointed. Have a look at our video section for some of our favourites.

TES Connect
One of the most reliable and comprehensive sources of information about education. Jobs, networking, sharing ideas and good practice and a place to look for inspiration. Easy to use and free to register. Highly recommended.

The Guardian - Education
Full of relevant articles on the world of education and current affairs in the world of teaching and learning. Jobs, Higher Education and professional development worth signing up for free.

Training and Development Agency for Schools
The first point of reference if you are thinking of joining the profession and some good clips to remind us why we joined the profession in the first place. There is also a look into the future of teaching.

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A new feature to highlight some of the great variety of information available to all those associated with education in its broadest sense.

Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw is a leading advocate of technology and learning. He actively supports education. His blog contains a number of features relevant to teaching, with helpful advice on how to get the best out of technology. He has also written a number of features and e-books on productivity including Upping Your Game - well worth a read.


Burcu Akyol

Burcu Akyol is an English teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently working at ISTEK Schools as the Foreign Languages Department Coordinator. Interested in using web technologies in ELT and teacher training. She is a firm believer the importance of sharing ideas and knowledge which is my primary aim with this blog.


Edte.ch presents Interesting ways to ........

This is the brainchild of Tom Barrett who has put together a range of excellent professional development opportunities. Find one you are interested in and start an amazing journey. Collaborate with others and share your brainwaves. Check out the home page for the most recent ideas and contributions.


In 30 seconds - teaching tips

This a super idea from Kevin Mclaughlin which brings you one 30 second teaching tip every single day of the year - simple to use, definitely not patronising and really useful.


Merlin John Online

Merlin John is a highly respected and well renowned voice of authority in the world of Education. His website provides a unique perspective on the people and ideas that are driving Education in the right direction. A good starting point for new ideas and innovation.



The Big Book of Independent Thinking
One of our favourites - click for details!