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Ben Greenwood

emails, Teacher Workload

Email Etiquette That Will Save Your School Time
By Ben Greenwood on January 15, 2020

It’s a familiar routine for most - sitting down after a full day of teaching to an overflowing email inbox and working through the bottomless pit of ‘To whom it may concern’ and ‘kind...

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British Values

The Problem With British Values And How Ofsted Can Fix It
By Ben Greenwood on January 10, 2020

The new Ofsted judgement framework, introduced in September 2019, saw ‘British Values’ surge in importance, as PSHE takes an increasingly significant role in the curriculum. But what are...

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Classroom Management, Learning Environment

How To Create A Better Learning Environment
By Ben Greenwood on December 18, 2019

Teachers experience it in their classrooms, and parents experience it at kitchen tables and IKEA desks across the country: kids struggling to concentrate on their work or outright...

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Ofsted, PSHE

The Importance of PSHE Under The New Ofsted Framework
By Ben Greenwood on December 16, 2019

In 2013, Ofsted highlighted a connection between outstanding schools and the provision of high quality PSHE lessons. Back then it was a sign of intent, a signal to schools to look ahead...

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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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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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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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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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