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Technology as an Accelerator for Teaching & Learning
By José Picardo on September 29, 2017

In the world we live in today, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to new technology and innovations. On what seems like a daily basis, there are new developments of apps and software...

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

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, and to place...

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Blog, back to school, academic year

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, AS Level, Exam Results

Have Teachers Forgotten Why They 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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Here’s Why You Need to Take Your Child’s Tutoring Online
By Erin Anderson on August 22, 2017

Tutoring has been around for centuries. As a one-to-one practice, it complements the traditional teaching environment and is effective for increasing confidence, self-esteem, and...

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Blog, Summer Holidays, summer, Homework

The Balance Between Summer Homework and Fun
By Bethany Spencer on August 9, 2017

What’s more debated than both the amount of time schools get off for the summer holidays and the setting of homework? A combination of the two - summer homework. Already there’s been...

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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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Blog, Summer Holidays

Summer Reading 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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When does Technology Become a Hindrance in Schools?
By Naimish Gohil on July 19, 2017

We live in a world that’s filled with technology and the millennial youth of today are more technologically inclined than we'll ever likely experience. Schools have of course embraced...

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LGBT, Blog

Promoting an Inclusive and Accepting LGBT Community in Schools
By Bethany Spencer on July 12, 2017

Last weekend saw Pride in London take place, a celebration of the LGBT community. 2017 marks 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, it’s also been 3...

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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 thick of festival season. Thousands of us are enduring the Glastonbury blues which was represented well by teachers, with ...

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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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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.

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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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Blog, Summer Holidays

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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Blog, social media, teachers, Education, teaching and learning

Using Social Media in the Classroom
By Naimish Gohil on May 17, 2017

The impact of social media is undisputed, the simple use of a hashtag can start a movement and the simple act of sharing a status update or picture can reach millions of people from...

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Blog, Homework, Benefits of Homework

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

Homework is a concept that has been around for years and today is an expected requirement for schools‭. ‬In order for a school to‭ ‬be rated‭ ‬‘Outstanding’‭ ‬by Ofsted teachers must‭,...

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