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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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government, SEND

What The SEND Crisis Means For Our Students
By Ben Greenwood on October 8, 2019

With seemingly no end in sight, austerity continues to hold our education system in a fiscal headlock. The need for Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans has increased far beyond the...

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lesson plans, time saving, student engagement, Teacher Workload

What is Lesson Sequencing and How Can it Save You Time?
By Ben Greenwood on October 3, 2019

Lesson planning is a crucial part of PPA (Planning Preparation and Assessment), it can be the difference between a successful lesson and a complete classroom catastrophe. Ensuring that...

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guide, Teacher Workload, Classroom Management, Behaviour Management, Data Management

The Complete Guide to Reducing Teacher Workload
By Ben Greenwood on October 1, 2019

Teacher workload has long been a cause for concern. The teaching crisis has consistently ranked workload as one of the main reasons that teachers are leaving the profession, the...

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Reducing Workload, Teacher Workload, Data Management

6 Steps to Managing School Data Efficiently
By Ben Greenwood on September 23, 2019

Data poses a unique problem for schools. On the one hand, data is now easier than ever to collect and gives useful insights into student performance, attendance and behaviour, however,...

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Feedback, marking, Education Technology, Teacher Workload

Mark Less, Mark Smarter - A Guide to Efficient Marking
By Ben Greenwood on September 17, 2019

Almost ¾ of teachers report spending too much time on marking and feedback in their workweek. It is cited as one of the biggest strains on teacher workload along with data management and...

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