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Bullying – is your school doing all it can? 8 questions to explore

Date: 14th Oct 2014

Every school I’ve ever worked with has told me that they have a zero tolerance approach to bullying. It sounds great but when you start to look beneath the surface, it’s often clear that whilst policies and procedures might exist, they are not working hard enough to keep vulnerable students safe. Take a few minutes […]


Getting the Most out of the Performance Management Process

Date: 7th Oct 2014

Increasingly performance management can feel a bit of a box ticking exercise. However, there’s a great amount to be gained from good performance management; it can provide an opportunity to share ideas for overcoming barriers, explore new opportunities for expanding our skills and can also be a great time to pause and celebrate a job […]


A New Set of Standards for Teaching Assistants

Date: 3rd Oct 2014

An independent review panel chaired by Kate Dethridge, Principal of Churchend Primary Academy, Reading, has been appointed to review and draw up a new set of standards for teaching assistants.  The panel’s aim is to draw up standards which: – are unequivocal, clear and easy to understand – can be used to assess the performance of teaching assistants – […]


A top score for the PE and sport premium

Date: 24th Sep 2014

The latest research shows that the government’s £150 million a year PE and sport premium has helped to improve primary school sports provision. Nine out of 10 primary schools have improved the quality of PE lessons thanks to the PE and sport premium introduced in 2013. Funding goes directly to primary school headteachers who can […]


Advice I wish I’d been given as an NQT

Date: 16th Sep 2014

Your first teaching post can start off as exciting, inspiring and motivating but as the honeymoon period comes to the end and the weight of responsibility and the marking kicks in, NQTs can often worry that they’ve made a terrible mistake. Below we have shared some advice from more experienced colleagues who have been in […]


How to Establish Yourself as an Effective Leader in School

Date: 8th Sep 2014

Twitter and Facebook feeds are awash with adorable pictures of kids starting school this week, but they’re not the only ones facing the new term with excitement mixed with a little bit of uncertainty and trepidation – plenty of school staff are too. This is especially true for colleagues entering into their first leadership role. […]


GSCEs – Maths up, English down

Date: 21st Aug 2014

English GCSE results have taken a dip (-1.9%) this year while those in maths have increased. Both Ofqual and the Joint Council for Qualifications suggest the removal of speaking and listening as the move to linear exams are responsible for the fluctuation in English results. The reduction in early entries seems to have made on […]


You know you’re a teacher on summer holidays when…

Date: 21st Jul 2014

A big thank you from Creative Education to teachers up and down the country who’ve worked so hard this academic year. We hope you have a lovely summer holiday planned. To get you off on the right foot, we thought we’d have a little bit of fun by listing our favourite telltale signs that your’e […]


We Have a New Education Secretary – But Who is Nicky Morgan?

Date: 15th Jul 2014

Social Media is humming with the news that it’s time for us to say goodbye to Michael Gove as Education Secretary and to welcome a new face – Nicky Morgan. But just who is Nicky Morgan and what can we expect from her? Nicky Morgan is the MP for Loughborough and now one of only […]


Window Opens for Schools To Opt into Progress 8 Measures

Date: 25th Jun 2014

The window for schools to opt into the new performance measures a year early in 2015, has now opened and will remain open until the end of June 2015. Secondary mainstream maintained schools, academies and free schools can all opt in. Headteachers and principals were sent the procedure and details for opting in on 20 […]


Making Marking Quicker and More Effective

Date: 25th Jun 2014

A typical teacher marks an average of 83024 pieces of work each week. Okay, that may not be true, but it certainly feels that way. We spend so much time marking that it can be hard to prioritise time for other things like lesson planning and… sleeping. So how can we make marking take up […]


The New National Curriculum – Your Questions Answered

Date: 12th Jun 2014

With a new national curriculum looming, everyone is full of questions and keen to identify sources of help. We’ve pulled together your most common questions in the blog post below and at the end you can find details of Creative Education courses which will help you to implement the new National Curriculum.   When do […]


8 Ideas for Outdoor Learning

Date: 4th Jun 2014

We’ve talked in the past about the benefits of taking learning outside the classroom. Today we’re going to share some specific ideas with you. We hope they give you some inspiration for outdoor learning in the weeks ahead. 1. Go on a nature colour hunt Ask pupils to search for items of certain colours – […]


How to Breathe New Life into an Old Lesson Plan

Date: 28th May 2014

Whether you’re looking to adapt last year’s lessons to make them suitable for this year’s class, or you’ve found a gem of a good idea on a lesson planning website and you want to make it into a great lesson, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your lesson is up to […]


How To Make Team Teaching Work

Date: 21st May 2014

Team teaching is one of those terms that you hear bandied around from time to time, but if you’ve not tried it then it can be hard to know quite why to bother and, if you do, how to make it an effective way of leading learning.  There are various different models of team teaching, […]


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