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Bethany Spencer

Blog, Revision, Exams

Exam Revision Tips for Students 
By Bethany Spencer on April 3, 2018

The saying ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’ is always applicable when it comes to exams. Getting yourself ready for an exam is of the utmost of importance, and there’s a lot...

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Blog, Technology

Creating a Mobile Phone Policy in School
By Bethany Spencer on March 21, 2018

We understand that introducing a Mobile Phone Policy is definitely not ‘one size fits all’ - but what should you consider when deciding how far your technology adoption will go?

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Blog, Feedback

Providing Efficient and Effective Feedback
By Bethany Spencer on March 14, 2018

Feedback is fundamental to students’ progression and good classroom management. However, over the years the amount of time teachers spend on providing what they feel is sufficient and...

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Blog, Homework

The Wider Purpose of Homework 
By Bethany Spencer on March 7, 2018

The setting of homework has more of an impact on students than just helping to improve their academic achievement. Epstein & Van Voorhis (2001) found that homework could in fact be...

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Blog, Classroom Management

The Benefits of Seating Plans for Students
By Bethany Spencer on March 6, 2018

There’s more to a student’s academic success than just being taught; the environment in which they learn in has a major impact on their progression. Effective classroom management plays...

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Blog, Homework

The 5 Metrics you Need to Know for Tracking Effective Homework
By Bethany Spencer on March 5, 2018

As a teacher, setting effective homework is only half the battle, getting your students to actually complete it is the other. Ensuring the work you set is effective will heighten your...

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Blog, Homework

What Makes a Good Piece of Homework?
By Bethany Spencer on March 5, 2018

The completion of homework has long been linked to higher academic achievement in secondary school students. However, in order to see the real value of homework, the work set must be...

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The Best Education Podcasts for Teachers
By Bethany Spencer on February 19, 2018

The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed in recent years. These short, digestible series that you can listen to on the move have transformed the way we consume stories, series and...

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Blog, homework policy, parental involvement, Homework

Increase Parental Involvement in Homework with your Homework Policy
By Bethany Spencer on November 29, 2017

Homework can create a sense of tension at home for a multitude of reasons - tasks are set inconsistently, completing homework is always left to the last minute and children seemingly...

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Blog, lesson plans

What Makes an Outstanding Lesson?
By Bethany Spencer on November 21, 2017

There isn’t one sure fire way to deliver the perfect lesson because there are of course extraneous variables that will mean each and every lesson you give is different. That being said,...

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Blog, Bullying, anti-bullying

The Difference Between Banter and Bullying
By Bethany Spencer on November 14, 2017

Today, we live in a world filled with banter. Restaurants have adopted the noun to resonate with the youth of today and searching for #banter on Instagram pulls almost one and a half...

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Blog, Internet Access

Student Internet Access and Dependency
By Bethany Spencer on November 9, 2017

We’ve been talking a lot about the internet this week, the power of it, the scale of it and what the impact would be if we didn’t have access to it. 

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Blog, teaching crisis, teacher retention, Teacher Workload, Teacher Wellbeing

To Tackle the Teaching Crisis, We Must Start with Retention
By Bethany Spencer on October 12, 2017

The teaching crisis is ongoing, and despite the fact we’re all fully aware of the issues in play the only progress we seem to be making is on developing new statistics which further...

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Blog, STEM, Girls in STEM

Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in STEM
By Bethany Spencer on October 5, 2017

For centuries there have been assumptions about a man’s place and a woman’s place in the world - over time we’ve broken down these barriers and today we’re the most integrated we’ve ever...

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Blog, PTA

Ideas for Your Next PTA Fundraising Event
By Bethany Spencer on September 19, 2017

  Whatever the cause you’re raising money for, the key to a good fundraiser is to make it fun. Here are just a few ideas that you and your PTA could take inspiration from when organising...

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Progress 8, Attainment 8, grading, marking, Blog, education reform, Assessment, Attainment 8 and Progress 8

Pros and Cons of Progress 8 and Attainment 8
By Bethany Spencer on September 6, 2017

The academic year of 2016/2017 was the first in which Progress 8 and Attainment 8 were introduced to ensure all students were studying a broad and balanced curriculum, and to place...

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Blog, back to school, academic year

Starting the New Academic Year Right
By Bethany Spencer on September 4, 2017

For teachers the new year comes twice. The first is the new year we all celebrate, and the second is the start of a new academic year, and both bring the promise of new starts, change...

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Blog, grammar school, AS Level, Exam Results

Have Teachers Forgotten Why They Got into Teaching?
By Bethany Spencer on August 31, 2017

We’ve said on more than one occasion that teaching is a vocation - teachers teach because it’s their calling. They get into the profession because they want to make a difference to the...

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