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Blog, Technology

Creating a Mobile Phone Policy in School
By Bethany Spencer on March 21, 2018

We understand that introducing a Mobile Phone Policy is definitely not ‘one size fits all’ - but what should you consider when deciding how far your technology adoption will go?

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Blog, Feedback

Providing Efficient and Effective Feedback
By Bethany Spencer on March 14, 2018

Feedback is fundamental to students’ progression and good classroom management. However, over the years the amount of time teachers spend on providing what they feel is sufficient and...

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Blog, Homework

The Wider Purpose of Homework 
By Bethany Spencer on March 7, 2018

The setting of homework has more of an impact on students than just helping to improve their academic achievement. Epstein & Van Voorhis (2001) found that homework could in fact be...

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Blog, Classroom Management

The Benefits of Seating Plans for Students
By Bethany Spencer on March 6, 2018

There’s more to a student’s academic success than just being taught; the environment in which they learn in has a major impact on their progression. Effective classroom management plays...

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Blog, Homework

The 5 Metrics you Need to Know for Tracking Effective Homework
By Bethany Spencer on March 5, 2018

As a teacher, setting effective homework is only half the battle, getting your students to actually complete it is the other. Ensuring the work you set is effective will heighten your...

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Blog, Homework

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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Who is Damian Hinds?
By Rhys Giles on January 23, 2018

One of the changes that the Prime Minister managed to make during her recent cabinet reshuffle was the role of Secretary of State for Education. Out went Justine Greening, and in comes...

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Blog, Homework

Homework is a Global Issue
By Naimish Gohil on January 15, 2018

Homework is a universal concept that transcends countries and languages - regardless of nationality, race or religion, it is something that affects everyone and that everyone can relate...

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Blog, homework policy, parental involvement, Homework

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, Guest Blog

The Perfect Lesson Plan
By Steven Miles on November 22, 2017

This week Steven Miles, Headteacher of Daubeney Academy in Bedford, shared with us his insight into what goes into making the perfect lesson plan. Having years of experience behind him...

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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 said,...

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Blog, Bullying, anti-bullying

The Difference Between Banter and Bullying
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

Student 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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CPD, Continuing Professional Development, social media, communication

'Making the Leap' - Thoughts on Networking & CPD by Jill Berry
By Jill Berry on November 1, 2017

Communication is key in every aspect of life - both professionally and personally. Within education, in order to grow and see changes in both yourself and the industry we need to be...

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Blog, Teacher Wellbeing

Focus on Teacher Wellbeing to Improve Retention in Schools
By Naimish Gohil on October 19, 2017

A crisis can’t be resolved overnight. In order to come out the other end of a period of intense difficulty, it takes time and dedication - the problem needs to be slowly chipped away at...

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Blog, teaching crisis, teacher retention, Teacher Workload, Teacher Wellbeing

To Tackle the Teaching Crisis, We Must Start with Retention
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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