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Parental Letter – December 2022

December 2022

Dear parent /carer

We are committed to developing lifelong learners at Erdington Academy of both our students and staff.  As such I am delighted to announce we will be using ‘IRIS connect’, an innovation in teacher professional development, which uses a secure video system to film the quality of teaching in the Academy and the learning experience of your child.

IRIS connect enables teachers to reflect and share examples of excellence with our team of teaching staff across the Academy.  Our aim is for all teachers to be highly effective practitioners to deliver the best learning experiences for our students.  IRIS Connect allows us to precisely do this through sharing best practice and allowing teachers to implement research informed teaching, learning and assessment techniques in the classroom.

The lessons captured by IRIS Connect are only accessible by the teachers that record them, or within their own department network for specific professional development. Any recording will take place in timetabled lessons and do not require any additional participation.  All videos recorded are stored in an encrypted cloud, which means they cannot be viewed without password protection.  If you would like further peace of mind with regards to this aspect, please visit

Start to use IRIS Connect in the new year as we continue to improve the teaching and learning at Erdington Academy.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the use of IRIS connect and its planned use at Erdington Academy, please get in touch.

Yours faithfully

Elizabeth Cross

Vice Principal


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