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government, SEND

What The SEND Crisis Means For Our Students
By Ben Greenwood on October 8, 2019

With seemingly no end in sight, austerity continues to hold our education system in a fiscal headlock. The need for Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans has increased far beyond the...

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lesson plans, time saving, student engagement, Teacher Workload

What is Lesson Sequencing and How Can it Save You Time?
By Ben Greenwood on October 3, 2019

Lesson planning is a crucial part of PPA (Planning Preparation and Assessment), it can be the difference between a successful lesson and a complete classroom catastrophe. Ensuring that...

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guide, Teacher Workload, Classroom Management, Behaviour Management, Data Management

The Complete Guide to Reducing Teacher Workload
By Ben Greenwood on October 1, 2019

Teacher workload has long been a cause for concern. The teaching crisis has consistently ranked workload as one of the main reasons that teachers are leaving the profession, the...

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Reducing Workload, Teacher Workload, Data Management

6 Steps to Managing School Data Efficiently
By Ben Greenwood on September 23, 2019

Data poses a unique problem for schools. On the one hand, data is now easier than ever to collect and gives useful insights into student performance, attendance and behaviour, however,...

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Feedback, marking, Education Technology, Teacher Workload

Mark Less, Mark Smarter - A Guide to Efficient Marking
By Ben Greenwood on September 17, 2019

Almost ¾ of teachers report spending too much time on marking and feedback in their workweek. It is cited as one of the biggest strains on teacher workload along with data management and...

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marking, planning, Teacher Workload, Data Management

The 3 Worst Offenders For Adding To Teacher Workload
By Ben Greenwood on September 10, 2019

The working environment in schools is becoming increasingly bureaucratic. Working hours are already high for teachers, the last thing they need is more paperwork and hoops to jump...

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workload, Reducing Workload, Teacher Workload

The State of The UK's Teacher Workload Crisis
By Ben Greenwood on September 5, 2019

The UK is in the midst of a crisis. Work related stress accounts for almost half of all sick leave, with 12.5 million working days lost to the condition per year. What’s more, teachers...

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Summer Holidays

Team Satchel's Summer Book Recommendations
By Ben Greenwood on August 20, 2019

It’s the summer holidays, and if you’re lucky enough not to be knee deep in marking papers, you’ll be taking this time to unwind and relax from another busy academic year! It’s also a...

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Bullying, Attendance, Truancy

Preventing Truancy in School
By Bethany Spencer on July 30, 2019

When it comes to student attendance at school, parents and carers have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives an appropriate full-time education. It’s important for students to...

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School Technology, School Management, Digital Literacy, School Improvement

How Technology is Transforming School Attendance
By Ben Greenwood on July 26, 2019

The introduction of technology in schools has revolutionised many aspects of a teacher’s job, from homework to behavioural policy. Attendance is something that many schools heavily...

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mental health, Student Wellbeing, School Culture, School Improvement

How Having a Wellbeing Policy Makes Students Better Learners
By Ben Greenwood on July 15, 2019

As the number of mental health issues in schools continue to rise, so too does the importance of a well-considered wellbeing policy. In order to combat this mental health crisis and...

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Exams, Blog, Exam Results, Student Wellbeing

What Should Students Do After Exams?
By Ben Greenwood on June 28, 2019

The end of final exams is a liberating time for students. It’s when school finishes and summer begins; a well-deserved break from the stresses of revision and coursework. The start of...

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mental health, exam ready, Student Wellbeing

The Benefits Of Exercise On Students' Mental Health During Exams
By Ben Greenwood on June 17, 2019

Exam season can be a turbulent time for our students’ mental health. But there's a plethora of coping mechanisms out there that can reduce anxiety and manage stress so that students can...

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Exams, Blog, Student Wellbeing

Top Tips For Students on Coping with Exam Anxiety
By Ben Greenwood on June 13, 2019

It’s no secret that the exam period is a stressful time for students, with pressure to excel and the sheer volume of revision to complete, it can be somewhat overwhelming. The stress...

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CPD, Blog, Teacher Wellbeing, Student Wellbeing

Why Teachers Need Mental Health and Wellbeing Training
By Bethany Spencer on May 22, 2019

Over the years, the role of the teacher has transformed both mentally and practically. Today, teachers are expected to do so much more than just teach - their hours stretch long past the...

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Blog, mental health, Student Wellbeing, PSHE

Teaching Students about Wellbeing in School
By Bethany Spencer on May 8, 2019

The changes we’ve seen within education recently regarding the DfE’s and schools’ stance on PSHE and student wellbeing are huge steps in the right direction, however, this does leave...

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Blog, Teacher Wellbeing

Benefits of a Whole-school Wellbeing Policy
By Bethany Spencer on May 1, 2019

The focus on wellbeing in schools has escalated in recent years as more evidence has surfaced regarding the teaching crisis and the impact the profession has on teachers’ health and...

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Teacher Wellbeing, Student Wellbeing, School Improvement

Supporting Student Wellbeing in Schools
By Bethany Spencer on April 25, 2019

Wellbeing, by definition, is the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy - in education student wellbeing is fundamental to successful student learning and development. Ensuring...

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