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Tips I wish I’d known 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, […]


The Hallmarks of a Fabulous Form Tutor

Date: 13th May 2014

The role of form tutor can be very rewarding, it’s a great opportunity to have a real impact on the well-being and achievement of a specific set of students, and a great chance to really get to know and understand them too. In this post we’ve summarised some of the things that we think make the best […]


Funding for Teachers and SEN Support Staff

Date: 9th May 2014

The National Scholarship Fund has opened a fund worth up to £1 million for teachers and SEN support staff to cover 50% of training fees, and you can use this grant to pay towards the cost of Creative Education’s special needs courses.  Teachers will need to complete the online application and can bid for up to £3,500 […]


8 Ideas for Teaching Outstanding Lessons in the Primary School

Date: 8th May 2014

We’ve all got different ideas about exactly how to develop and deliver an outstanding lesson.  The ideas we’ve outlined below are relatively straightforward and simple to apply and can act as a checklist when you’re lesson planning.  If you have ideas to add, please leave a comment.  Be Passionate and Interested If you’ve lost all […]


Understanding why young people self-harm

Date: 2nd May 2014

There are a wide range of reasons why young people turn to self-harm and every single case is different but there are certain themes that recur time and time again. Below are some of the most common ones, along with quotes from young people to help you understand why they turned to this unhealthy coping […]


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