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Multiplication: How to help children remember

10th Jan 2019

Progress in maths relies on fluent recall of the times tables. Not having to work out sums frees time for students to work through more complex mathematical processes.

5 steps to create a school culture supportive of good mental health

11th Dec 2018

Schools cannot eradicate mental health problems in children entirely. What they can do is create an environment that fosters and protects mental wellbeing and encourages resilience in children.

Five Practical Ideas for Lesson Starters

5th Nov 2018

Use these starters to get your students engaged, excited & motivated for learning.

Ten top tips: Tackling disruptive behaviour

5th Nov 2018

Disruptive behaviour is a challenge in many schools and many classrooms here are some strategies for beating it.

How to support a student who is having a panic attack

9th Sep 2018

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 […]

Do you have a student with anorexia in your class?

18th Jun 2018

How do you spot a child in your class or school with the signs of anorexia? Teachers and teaching assistants will find this list helpful to identify the signs.

What to do when a lesson goes wrong – A Survival Guide for NQTs

29th Jan 2018

The first thing we need to get clear is that lessons will go wrong from time to time.   Lessons will go wrong for teachers with 20 years, 2 years or 2 months experience in the classroom. Even the very best practitioners have lessons that go wrong. Even the most meticulously planned lessons can go wrong. And, […]

Marking tips for the NQT

24th Oct 2016

You’ve just started your first teaching job. You want to make a great first impression. The thing is, just who do you want to make a great first impression on?   Those that pay your wages, those that line manage you, or those you want to progress? Surely it’s the latter? But then again, there is […]

When the Going Gets Tough…!

3rd Oct 2016

Top tips for maintaining a positive attitude under the stresses of being an NQT   In your first year of teaching many experiences will be exciting, challenging and incredibly rewarding. But let’s be realistic. You will also suffer a few setbacks, make some embarrassing mistakes and possibly be under quite a lot of stress. Sometimes […]

5 Quick-hit tips on lesson planning!

26th Sep 2016

  I remember that day, 21 years ago, when I walked into my first ever departmental meeting on my first ever inset training day. As an NQT, I had everything in place – a plethora of great lessons hoarded from teaching placements and from other NQTs, and a scheme of work that I had borrowed […]

Rules, assertiveness and behaviour for NQTs

12th Sep 2016

    Being an NQT can be a bit like being a tight-rope walker. Just as you’re beginning to find your feet, people start throwing you more and more things to carry, a rogue gust of wind threatens to knock you over and halfway across you start having serious wobbles over your choice of career.   […]

Voice and Body Language: Top Tips for Using You in the Classroom

5th Sep 2016

Challenging behaviour is never far from a teacher’s conversation; from irritating low level disruptions to impossible to handle students, poor behaviour can stump all educators from the newest to the most experienced. But sometimes, even the subtlest changes in voice, face and body language can alter the direction of events enormously. All too often, we […]

10 tips to support you in your first week as a NQT

29th Aug 2016

  Congratulations, you’ve got the job!   Are you feeling nervous about having your first teaching job? Are you anticipating the first week in a new school and worrying about what you need to do? These top ten tips will help you survive that first week so read on…   Be early The first day […]

Advice I wish I’d been given as an NQT

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 […]

What Makes an Excellent Teacher

9th Dec 2011

So after a long search, Sir Michael Wilshaw is grasping education’s poisoned chalice and taking the role of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools. And his opening salvo has already begun. Following the lead of the government white paper it’s not just ‘coasting schools’ that are a target, but ‘coasting teachers’ too. Personally, I dislike […]

Tom Hesmondhalgh

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