Date: 22nd Apr 2014
Middle leaders are often the unsung heroes in our schools. Taking on a phenomenal workload and ensuring the smooth running of individual departments and phases, they could be considered the glue that binds the school together. Here are 5 reasons why we think school simply wouldn’t be the same without them. Depth of knowledge Middle […]
Date: 17th Apr 2014
It’s a familiar story, you’ve got a list as long as your outstretched arm of lessons to plan and you’re slightly lacking inspiration and time. So what do you do? You turn to the marvellous help that’s available online of course. There are several sites available with a huge range of free to download lesson […]
Date: 11th Apr 2014
You’ve made it to the end of term, somewhat war worn and weary no doubt, but you’ve made it. Now it’s time to help your body recuperate after everything that a heavy term at school has thrown at it. Here are some ideas to help you look after yourself and fully recharge your batteries. Reflect […]
Date: 22nd Oct 2012
Autism has garnered much attention recently, however, despite advances in science, treatments and educational techniques, there are several common misconceptions about autistic children. We’ve looked at 5 common myths about autism and dug deep into their roots to try to reveal the truth behind these myths. Our hope is that with a greater understanding of autism, society’s perception and treatment of autistic individuals will move in a positive direction.
Date: 11th Oct 2012
After a summer full of free time – most of which kids will have spent sleeping, lazing around and playing – it’s no wonder that many pupils find the return to school a difficult adjustment. The school routine of the previous year is a distant memory, and this can make coming back into a learning […]
Date: 8th Mar 2012
As teachers, we live to be creative and find new and better ways to help children learn. But equally, as teachers, we have an immense workload and it can be really difficult to make all the hours add up in the day. Many of us turn to premade TES lesson plans as a way of squaring […]
Date: 6th Mar 2012
Honestly, how many hours have you wasted in this week, this month? How many meetings you’ve attended have been clear, focussed and prompt? How many have just descended into random discussion?
Follow the steps below and I think you can cut the time you spend in meetings by half. Imagine what you could do with all that extra time in your day!
Date: 1st Mar 2012
Eating disorders are a growing problem among our students, but often it can be very challenging to identify which students are at risk.
Prevention is always better than cure, but anorexia can be hard to identify in its early stages – only becoming obvious when significant intervention is required.
So how do you spot a child in your class with the signs of anorexia so you can get the appropriate support?
Date: 28th Feb 2012
We’re over half way through the year now, and no doubt you’ve been trying your hardest to keep your classes on a tight leash. But now’s also the time, with spring approaching and youthful exuberance in full flow that your class can start to slip away from you. So what are the early warning signs, […]
Date: 24th Feb 2012
An interesting guest post by David Evans of the SRE Project on the role of Drama in effective SRE. “I am an actor really – giving a performance in the classroom.” I must have heard teachers draw that analogy dozens of times. Often they will develop their thesis with phrases like ‘You’ve got to have […]
Date: 23rd Feb 2012
Pupils with EAL face two main challenges: they need to learn English and they need to learn the content of the curriculum. Teachers have to accept that pupils with EAL may not always access every aspect of the lesson but we should plan teaching approaches to match needs and accelerate learning. In our planning we […]
Date: 21st Feb 2012
I was struck yesterday when I read this post by Seth Godin In Search of a Timid Trapeeze Artist (you can read it, it’s very short!) What he says is generally true of all organisations – and of schools too. Innovation in teaching isn’t really something you can dabble in, it’s a lifestyle choice. A choice […]
Date: 20th Feb 2012
There is no failure, only feedback. But as much as we might know this implicitly sometimes the way feedback is given can make it feel like we’ve failed. The problem is particularly acute with teaching, as so many of the outcomes can sometimes be subjective. Were a class really engaged? Were students making sufficient progress? Was […]
Date: 17th Feb 2012
As the half term draws mercilessly towards its close, I started wondering about all those resolutions I made back in late last year and how they’ve fared – some well, some less well.
I suspect you may have made similar resolutions too. So if, like mine those good intentions have been swamped in a sea of workload, let’s take a moment to step back from it all and look afresh at where you want to get to, and what you need to do to do it.
Date: 15th Feb 2012
Our guide to Twitter for teachers has been phenomenally popular. Countless kind people have retweeted it and spread it to an even bigger audience. Which is why I’m pleased to announce that the guide is recently updated, containing new information on top science tweeters, top geography tweeters and over 40 Twitter #edchats for teachers. Exciting […]
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