The Satchel Blog

Autonomy Classroom Management Pedagogy
26 Feb 2020

What is Liberationist Pedagogy and How Can You Apply it in the Classroom?

Liberationism flips the traditional classroom on its head. By putting the student at the centre of the classroom instead of the teacher, pupils ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Classroom Management Pedagogy
13 Feb 2020

What is Behaviourism and How to Use it in the Classroom?

What is behaviourist pedagogy and what can cats teach us about the way students learn?

Author: Ben Greenwood

teaching and learning Teacher Workload Pedagogy
05 Feb 2020

What is Pedagogy? An Introduction to Learning Theories

Pedagogy, pronounced ‘ped-a-godge-ee’ (yes, we had to google that), is a term whose definition is regularly contested. Wedged somewhere between ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

gender equality PSHE
22 Jan 2020

Free Sanitary Products in Schools to Beat Period Poverty

1 in 10 women aged 14-21 are unable to afford sanitary products. This can affect their confidence, ability to concentrate in class and ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

emails Teacher Workload
15 Jan 2020

Email Etiquette that Will Save Your School Time

It’s a familiar routine for most - sitting down after a full day of teaching to an overflowing email inbox and working through the bottomless ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

British Values
10 Jan 2020

The Problem with British Values and How Ofsted Can Fix It

The new Ofsted judgement framework, introduced in September 2019, saw ‘British Values’ surge in importance, as PSHE takes an increasingly ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Ofsted framework Ofsted
06 Jan 2020

How to Prepare for the New Ofsted Framework

2019's Ofsted Framework changes threw a spanner in the works for many school leaders. It seemed like something of a change of course for our ...

Author: John Dabell

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 | Read time 3 mins

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

Ofsted
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