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Bethany Spencer

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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Blog, Summer Holidays, summer, Homework

The Balance Between Summer Homework and Fun
By Bethany Spencer on August 9, 2017

What’s more debated than both the amount of time schools get off for the summer holidays and the setting of homework? A combination of the two - summer homework. Already there’s been...

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Blog, gcse results, grading, Ofqual

GCSE Results 2017 and the New Ofqual Grading System
By Bethany Spencer on August 3, 2017

GCSE results 2017 will be the first in which students will receive grades from the new ofqual grading system. The new system will award students with numbers as opposed to letters on a...

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Blog, Summer Holidays

Summer Reading for Teachers
By Bethany Spencer on July 28, 2017

One of the best parts about the summer holidays or a trip away is the chance to read without interruption. Nothing can beat having the time to really get stuck into a novel and not...

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LGBT, Blog

Promoting an Inclusive and Accepting LGBT Community in Schools
By Bethany Spencer on July 12, 2017

Last weekend saw Pride in London take place, a celebration of the LGBT community. 2017 marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, it’s also been 3...

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Blog, Studying

Does Listening to Music Enhance or Hinder Studying?
By Bethany Spencer on July 4, 2017

Summer is well and truly underway and we find ourselves in the thick of festival season. Thousands of us are enduring the Glastonbury blues which was represented well by teachers, with ...

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Blog, Teacher Workload

What Can We Do to Reduce Teacher Workload?
By Bethany Spencer on June 28, 2017

It’s a question that’s plagued schools around the country for years and in light of the recent teaching crisis it’s resurfaced and is back to the forefront of everyone’s minds, because...

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Blog, teachers

10 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Teachers
By Bethany Spencer on June 21, 2017

For some celebrities it seems as though teaching was a stepping stone in their career to stardom, with many of them spending time at the front of the class before they were famous.

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Blog, safeguarding

Safeguarding our Students against Radicalisation and Extremism
By Bethany Spencer on June 14, 2017

No matter where you were at the time or affiliation to the location, regardless of age, race, gender or religion, it’s always difficult when news breaks announcing a terrorist attack. As...

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Blog, Summer Holidays

How Do Teachers Relax During the Holidays?
By Bethany Spencer on May 31, 2017

Teachers and holidays. It’s a subject that raises just as much debate as homework. Of course the idea of having 6 weeks off from work in the summer is enough to make anyone feel a twinge...

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Blog, Homework, Benefits of Homework, homework debate

Research into the Importance of Homework
By Bethany Spencer on May 15, 2017

Homework is a concept that has been around for years and today is an expected requirement for schools‭. ‬In order for a school to‭ ‬be rated‭ ‬‘Outstanding’‭ ‬by Ofsted teachers must‭,...

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Blog, Ofsted, School Management

How to Make Your School Outstanding Inline with Ofsted
By Bethany Spencer on May 10, 2017

There’s a lot at stake in a school‭. ‬Especially at this time‭, ‬when teachers have never been under more pressure and half the workforce‭ ‬are considering leaving the profession...

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Blog, parental engagement, parental involvement

Why PTA Meetings are Important to You and Your School
By Bethany Spencer on May 10, 2017

Parent Teacher Associations‭ (‬PTAs‭) ‬are a common practice in most schools‭, ‬but more often than not‭, ‬they aren’t celebrated or their benefits highlighted‭. ‬PTAs are a powerful...

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Blog, guide, Teacher Resources, student engagement, Autonomy

5‭ ‬Steps to Increase Autonomy in the Classroom
By Bethany Spencer on May 10, 2017

It is our duty as educators to not only educate our students‭, ‬but to instill skills into them that will help them succeed in a‭ ‬life outside of education‭. ‬By encouraging our...

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