The Satchel Blog

Parental Engagement Distance Learning
25 Mar 2020

Improving Your Child's Daily Routine for Home Learning

School may be closed and exams cancelled, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put our students’ learning on hold too. In fact, the next few ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Distance Learning
23 Mar 2020

How to Deliver Successful Distance Learning from Home

With schools closed around the country, our means of delivering content has moved to online. We are fortunate to live in a century where we have ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Exams
20 Mar 2020

What You Need to Know now that Exams are Cancelled

As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change day to day life, it was announced by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that schools will close this ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Distance Learning
18 Mar 2020

How to Implement Distance Learning at Your School

The world is changing. Our education system is being dragged unwillingly into the 21st century as it stubbornly digs in its heels. We’re finding ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Embracing Technology Pedagogy
11 Mar 2020

Is Connectivism the Pedagogy of the Future?

So far we’ve covered the pedagogical theories of behaviourism, liberationism and social constructivism on the Satchel blog. This week we’ll ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Collaborative Learning Pedagogy
06 Mar 2020

Understanding Pedagogy - What is Social Constructivism?

Learning theories, or pedagogies, inform most of what you do as a teacher. Whether you notice it or not, your teaching method will likely fall ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

Teacher Wellbeing Student Wellbeing
03 Mar 2020

Will Coronavirus Affect My School?

The advice in this article is true as of 09/03/20 - The situation is changing rapidly so for up to date information surrounding the Covid-19 ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

School Marketing
28 Feb 2020

How to Market Your School to Parents

The school market is competitive. With so many schools trying to attract prospective students, and parents, it’s difficult to be heard above the ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

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