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SEND, Slow Processing

How Can Teachers Support Students With Slow Processing?
By Nicola Jones-Ford on December 6, 2019

Have you ever noticed when a student takes a longer time to get an answer, but you can see them working hard to get there? Perhaps you’ve read the educational psychologist report saying...

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Ofsted, parental involvement, Students & Parents

What Happens In An Ofsted Inspection? - A Parent's Guide
By Ben Greenwood on December 4, 2019

When it comes to Ofsted, it’s easy for parents to feel a little in the dark. As the inspection happens, you often don’t have any input or insight into what’s happening at school. At...

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time management, Teacher Workload

How To Manage Time - A Teacher's Guide
By Ben Greenwood on November 28, 2019

The clock strikes 12 and you’re still sat at the kitchen table, eyes wearily bouncing from exercise book to mark scheme. Any promise of an early night has been dashed by the mountain of...

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Ofsted framework, Ofsted, School Improvement

How Important Are SIPs And SEFs In The New Ofsted Framework?
By Ben Greenwood on November 26, 2019

School Improvement Plans (SIPs) and Self Evaluation Forms (SEFs) have been around for a while. When done well, they give unparalleled insights into the workings of a school and help to...

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Ofsted, SMSC

What is SMSC and How Can You Teach It?
By Ben Greenwood on November 21, 2019

Ofsted’s new framework puts more emphasis on child development, with criteria such as ‘British Values’ taking a more central role. This is reinforced by the separation of behaviour and...

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Parent Tips for Homework, parental involvement

Why Should Parents Help With Homework?
By Ben Greenwood on November 14, 2019

We always hear how important parental engagement in homework is. That providing support with homework can increase student attainment or boost their skills, just with a little effort...

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Ofsted framework, Ofsted, education reform

Understanding Ofsted's New 'Quality of Education' Judgement
By Ben Greenwood on November 11, 2019

Ofsted introduced the new key judgement, quality of education, earlier this year and with it, they detailed new inspection criteria they will use to assess a school’s success in this...

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Ofsted

The Guide To Ofsted Terminology
By Ben Greenwood on November 8, 2019

Are you treading water with deep dives? Do you know your SIP from your SEF? This September’s changes have brought with them brand new judgement criteria and yet more terminology to...

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gcse, MFL

Are Modern Foreign Languages About to Get Easier?
By Ben Greenwood on November 5, 2019

Following a review of the current grading criteria, some modern foreign language (MFL) subjects will be judged less harshly at GCSE next year following on from complaints that it had...

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Ofsted framework, Ofsted

The 5 Biggest Changes to Ofsted's Framework
By Bethany Spencer on November 4, 2019

In September 2019 Ofsted’s new inspection framework came into effect for schools across the UK. This new framework was introduced in a bid to address areas of concern that schools have...

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SEND

How Can Teachers Support Students with ASD?
By Nicola Jones-Ford on November 1, 2019

What is ASD? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term that incorporates aspergers, austistic tendencies and atypical autism. Two students both diagnosed with ASD can exhibit very...

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Classroom Management, Behaviour Management

Creating Your Classroom Management Philosophy
By Ben Greenwood on October 30, 2019

One of the biggest sources of anxiety for new teachers is dealing with student behaviour. How will I manage a class of 20-30 students effectively? Will I be in control? What if they...

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government, SEND

What I Learned Attending The Government SEND Inquiry
By Nicola Jones-Ford on October 25, 2019

After making a written submission to the call for evidence in the SEND inquiry, I was invited in January to attend a Committee Meeting with other SEND focussed school staff from across...

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Ofsted, lesson plans, Teacher Workload, Data Management

3 Workload Increasing Myths About Ofsted
By Ben Greenwood on October 23, 2019

For teachers and SLT alike, Ofsted inspections are stressful. It’s hard to keep up with ever-changing guidelines and regulations whilst working one of the most demanding jobs in the...

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SEND, ADHD

How Can Teachers Support Students With ADHD?
By Nicola Jones-Ford on October 18, 2019

This week we're excited to have Nicola Jones-Ford, our Education Coach, write a specialist blog on ADHD. Nicola has a vast amount of experience working as a SEND teacher and as a SENDco...

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Teacher Workload, Behaviour Management

Behaviour Management Matters - Reducing Behavioural Workload
By Ben Greenwood on October 16, 2019

Behaviour has a huge impact on teacher wellbeing. Over a quarter of teachers’ mental health issues are caused by student behaviour, forcing 70% to consider leaving the profession.

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communication, home-school communication, Teacher Workload

How to Create a Good School Communication Policy
By Ben Greenwood on October 11, 2019

Almost every school has a communication policy, but despite constantly evolving technology, they are notoriously slow to keep their policy up-to-date with the latest trends. By regularly...

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SEND, Dyslexia Awareness

How Can Teachers Support Pupils with Dyslexia?
By Ben Greenwood on October 9, 2019

For Dyslexia Awareness Week, we wanted to take a closer look at the learning difficulty that is largely misunderstood and provide real actionable advice to teachers who teach dyslexic...

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