The Satchel Blog

Classroom Management Learning Environment
18 Dec 2019

How to Create a Better Learning Environment

Teachers experience it in their classrooms, and parents experience it at kitchen tables and IKEA desks across the country: kids struggling to ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Ofsted PSHE
16 Dec 2019

The Importance of PSHE Under the New Ofsted Framework

In 2013, Ofsted highlighted a connection between outstanding schools and the provision of high quality PSHE lessons. Back then it was a sign of ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

SEND Slow Processing
06 Dec 2019

How Can Teachers Support Students with Slow Processing?

Have you ever noticed when a student takes a longer time to get an answer, but you can see them working hard to get there? Perhaps you’ve read ...

Author: Nicola Jones-Ford

Ofsted Parental Involvement Students & Parents
04 Dec 2019

What Happens in an Ofsted Inspection? - A Parent's Guide

When it comes to Ofsted, it’s easy for parents to feel a little in the dark. As the inspection happens, you often don’t have any input or ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

time management Teacher Workload
28 Nov 2019

How to Manage Time - A Teacher's Guide

The clock strikes 12 and you’re still sat at the kitchen table, eyes wearily bouncing from exercise book to mark scheme. Any promise of an early ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Ofsted framework Ofsted School Improvement
26 Nov 2019

How Important Are SIPs and SEFs in the New Ofsted Framework?

School Improvement Plans (SIPs) and Self Evaluation Forms (SEFs) have been around for a while. When done well, they give unparalleled insights ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Ofsted SMSC
21 Nov 2019

What is SMSC and How Can You Teach It?

Ofsted’s new framework puts more emphasis on child development, with criteria such as ‘British Values’ taking a more central role. This is ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Parent Tips for Homework Parental Involvement
14 Nov 2019

Why Should Parents Help With Homework?

We always hear how important parental engagement in homework is. That providing support with homework can increase student attainment or boost ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Ofsted framework Ofsted education reform
11 Nov 2019

Understanding Ofsted's New 'Quality of Education' Judgement

Ofsted introduced the new key judgement, quality of education, earlier this year and with it, they detailed new ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

08 Nov 2019

The Guide to Ofsted Terminology

Are you treading water with deep dives? Do you know your SIP from your SEF? This September’s changes have ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

gcse MFL
05 Nov 2019

Are Modern Foreign Languages About to Get Easier?

Following a review of the current grading criteria, some modern foreign language (MFL) subjects will be judged ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Ofsted framework Ofsted
04 Nov 2019

The 5 Biggest Changes to Ofsted's Framework

In September 2019 Ofsted’s new inspection framework came into effect for schools across the UK. This new ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

01 Nov 2019

How Can Teachers Support Students with ASD?

What is ASD? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term that ...

Author: Nicola Jones-Ford

Classroom Management Behaviour Management
30 Oct 2019

Creating Your Classroom Management Philosophy

One of the biggest sources of anxiety for new teachers is dealing with student behaviour. How will I manage a ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

government SEND
25 Oct 2019

What I Learned Attending the Government SEND Inquiry

After making a written submission to the call for evidence in the SEND inquiry, I was invited in January to ...

Author: Nicola Jones-Ford

Ofsted lesson plans Teacher Workload Data Management
23 Oct 2019

3 Workload Increasing Myths About Ofsted

For teachers and SLT alike, Ofsted inspections are stressful. It’s hard to keep up with ever-changing guidelines ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

18 Oct 2019

How Can Teachers Support Students with ADHD?

This week we're excited to have Nicola Jones-Ford, our Education ...

Author: Nicola Jones-Ford

Teacher Workload Behaviour Management
16 Oct 2019

How to Reduce Behavioural Workload

Behaviour has a huge impact on teacher wellbeing. Over a quarter of teachers’ mental health issues are caused by student behaviour, forcing 70% ...

Author: Ben Greenwood