The Satchel Blog

Bullying anti-bullying
14 Nov 2017

The Difference Between Bullying and Banter

"But it's only banter sir!" Ah yes. The word that has come to mean so much more than it was orignially intended is ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Internet Access
09 Nov 2017

Students & Technology - Internet Access and Dependency

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog teaching crisis Teacher Workload Teacher Retention Teacher Wellbeing
12 Oct 2017

How to Tackle the Teaching Crisis

The teaching crisis is ongoing, and despite the fact we’re all fully aware of the ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog STEM Girls in STEM
05 Oct 2017

Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in STEM

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog PTA
19 Sep 2017

Ideas for Your Next PTA Fundraising Event

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

Author: Bethany Spencer

grading marking Blog Progress 8 Attainment 8 education reform Assessment Attainment 8 and Progress 8
06 Sep 2017

The Pros and Cons of Progress 8 and Attainment 8

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Back to School academic year Blog
04 Sep 2017

Starting the New Academic Year Right

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog grammar school Exam Results AS Level
31 Aug 2017

Have We Forgotten Why We Got into Teaching?

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Ofqual grading Blog gcse results
03 Aug 2017

GCSE Results 2017 and the New Ofqual Grading System

GCSE results 2017 will be the first in which students will receive grades from the new ofqual grading system. 

Author: Bethany Spencer

Summer Holidays Blog
28 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List for Teachers

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Studying
04 Jul 2017

Does Listening to Music Enhance or Hinder Studying?

Summer is well and truly underway and we find ourselves in the midst of yet another  festival season.

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Teacher Workload
28 Jun 2017

What Can We Do to Reduce Teacher Workload?

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

teachers Blog
21 Jun 2017

10 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Teachers

For some celebrities it seems as though teaching was a stepping stone in their ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog safeguarding
14 Jun 2017

Safeguarding Our Students Against Radicalisation and Extremism

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Summer Holidays Blog
31 May 2017

How Do Teachers Relax During the Holidays?

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Benefits of Homework Homework Blog homework debate
15 May 2017

Research into the Importance of Homework

Homework as a concept has been around for hundreds of years, and today is considered the norm for modern ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Parental Engagement Parental Involvement
10 May 2017

Why PTA Meetings are Important to You and Your School

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

Author: Bethany Spencer

Autonomy Blog guide Student Engagement Teacher Resources
10 May 2017

5‭ ‬Steps to Increase Autonomy in the Classroom

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer