The Satchel Blog

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 pit of ‘To whom it may concern’ ...

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 significant role in the curriculum. ...

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 national regulatory body. A shift ...

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 concentrate on their work or ...

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 intent, a signal to schools to ...

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 the educational psychologist ...

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 insight into what’s happening at ...

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 night has been dashed by the ...

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 into the workings of a school and ...

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 reinforced by the separation of ...

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 their skills, just with a little ...

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 inspection criteria they will ...

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 brought with them brand new judgement ...

Author: Ben Greenwood

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 less harshly at GCSE next year ...

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 framework was introduced in a bid to address areas of concern that ...

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 incorporates aspergers, austistic ...

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 class of 20-30 students ...

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 attend a Committee Meeting with ...

Author: Nicola Jones-Ford