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Bethany Spencer

Bullying, anti-bullying

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

"But it's only banter sir!" Ah yes. The word that has come to mean so much more than it was orignially intended is now commonplace in schools. It's thought to have begun as part of...

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

The 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 places...

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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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Ofqual, grading, Blog, gcse results

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, 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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teachers, Blog

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. Here...

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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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Summer Holidays, Blog

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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Benefits of Homework, Homework, Blog, homework debate

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

Homework as a concept has been around for hundreds of years, and today is considered the norm for modern schools. At secondary level, schools set regular homework via a whole-school...

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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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Autonomy, Blog, guide, Student Engagement, Teacher Resources

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

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

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