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Bethany Spencer

Homework, Blog

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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Homework, homework policy, Blog, parental involvement

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...

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Bullying, Blog, anti-bullying

Banter or Bullying - What's the Difference?
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

Students & Technology - 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 Workload, teacher retention, Teacher Wellbeing

How To Tackle The Teaching Crisis
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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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. This is to place...

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back to school, academic year, Blog

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, Exam Results, AS Level

Have We Forgotten Why We 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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Summer Holidays, summer, Homework, Blog

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

Which is more hotly debated; the amount of time schools get off for the summer holidays, or the setting of homework? The answer is a combination of the two: summer homework.

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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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Summer Holidays, Blog

Summer Reading List 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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Blog, LGBT

Promoting an Inclusive and Accepting LGBTQ 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 midst of yet another  festival season. Thousands of us are enduring the Glastonbury blues which was represented well by...

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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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