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Keeping it real. Make Geography relevant to your pupils

24th Sep 2015

In its last two reports into the teaching of geography, Ofsted stated that a high proportion of students, particularly in KS3, don’t think that geography is relevant to them.  As geography teachers, we probably find that hard to believe – Geography is everywhere, in their everyday lives, on their journeys to school, in the places […]

Free CPD from the British Council and Creative Education

15th Sep 2015

  Creative Education is offering a new set of British Council core skills courses across England under the new Connecting Classrooms programme. ‘Teaching the core skills’ training packages give teachers the knowledge and approaches they need to effectively integrate the teaching of core skills in the classroom. What are core skills? Core skills are the […]

Making writing fun and engaging

7th Jul 2015

Small children naturally want to write. They make marks and are keen to tell stories and ascribe meaning to their marks. Somewhere along the way they can lose that enthusiasm and writing, instead of a joy, becomes a chore. So as teachers we need to find ways of inspiring them to want to write and […]

Twelve ways to get up to speed when teaching a new subject for the first time

1st Jul 2015

Increasingly, teachers find themselves expected to teach subjects which are beyond their areas of specialism. Whilst you may embrace the challenge, it can feel somewhat daunting. To provide you with some ideas and support, we’ve listed twelve tips below to help you increase your knowledge and confidence when teaching a subject as a non-specialist. 1. […]

Apps for autism: from early years to individuals with communication and fine motor skills challenges

29th Jun 2015

Using technology is a popular leisure time activity for many children with autism and this can be harnessed in a positive way for educational benefit. In order to ensure that children have appropriate use of IT they should have opportunities to: Learn new skills Become more motivated Develop increased concentration on tasks Initiate more contact […]

How to support a student who is having a panic attack

25th Jun 2015

Witnessing a student having a panic attack can be distressing, and many staff find themselves wondering how best to support students. There are a few simple steps you can follow and these are worth all staff knowing. If you have students who regularly have panic attacks, it’s worth discussing these suggestions with them and asking […]

Using gamification to promote boys’ enjoyment of English

19th Jun 2015

When travelling the length and breadth of the UK to deliver courses for Creative Education I always introduce the concept of gamification as a means of raising attainment by increased pupil engagement in English. It is a topic that I find really inspires delegates not least because this “cutting edge” technique is something teachers have […]

Using Distancing Techniques in PSHE

12th Jun 2015

Teaching some of the topics in the PSHE curriculum can be tricky, even awkward and, not to put too fine a point on it, just plain embarrassing. Some experienced teachers can handle it all without any problem. But what about those who find it more of a challenge? And more importantly, what about the pupils? […]

Mathematics in (or out of) context?

8th Jun 2015

Despite years of research and numerous studies about transferability of skills the teaching and learning of mathematics continues to be a problem. Students are still all too frequently unable to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills outside the confines of the mathematics classroom. Many of them simply do not recognise external situations where a mathematical […]

New GCSE English Language and Literature

8th Jun 2015

I am sure you are aware of the key changes to English GCSE exams and have had a chance to look at sample exam board material but it always help to get involved in a discussion or have some points thrown out at you just to help you in your planning and approach towards first […]

Eight Qualities of Effective School Leaders

3rd Jun 2015

Why is it that some school leaders seem able to walk into almost any school and have a real, significant and lasting impact? There’s not just one reason, there are several – we’ve outlined them below. They have high expectations The best school leaders have consistently high expectations of themselves, of their team and of their students. […]

Six steps to sustainable student motivation

29th May 2015

Motivating students for one lesson is a challenge – keeping them continually motivated is an even bigger one, but if we invest the time, effort and energy into developing lessons that sustain student motivation week after week, we find that students both enjoy and achieve more. Here are some suggestions to get you started: 1. […]

Book Now for Free Training Programme for Core Maths Teaching in the Further Education and Training Sector

20th May 2015

Creative Education is proud to be working on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation to deliver a range of 6 day courses to train experienced maths teachers in preparation for the introduction of the core Maths curriculum in the FE Further Education and Training sector. The core maths curriculum was announced by the government […]

Five mistakes to avoid when using technology as a teaching tool

13th May 2015

Increasingly, digital technology is a regular feature in lessons across the curriculum across all key stages. Technology can be a great way to engage students and to bring learning alive through the use of video, interactive apps or a real life audience across the world using social media or tools like Skype. If you’re planning […]

Delegation: 7 ways outstanding school leaders get it right

11th May 2015

Delegation sounds like a simple thing… Ask other people to do things. But it’s clearly not as simple as it sounds or we’d all be a lot better at it wouldn’t we? When talking to middle and senior leaders in schools and colleges, they often give similar reasons why they fail to delegate: It feels […]

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