The Satchel Blog

Homework Blog
05 Mar 2018

The 5 Metrics You Need to Know for Tracking Effective Homework

As a teacher, setting effective homework is only half the battle, getting your ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Homework Blog
05 Mar 2018

What Makes a Good Piece of Homework?

The completion of homework has long been linked to higher academic achievement in secondary ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

19 Feb 2018

The Best Education Podcasts for Teachers

The popularity of podcasts has skyrocketed in recent years. These short, digestible series that you can listen to on the move have transformed the way we consume stories, ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Education Reform Damian Hinds Education Secretary
23 Jan 2018

Who is Damian Hinds?

One of the changes that the Prime Minister managed to make during her recent cabinet reshuffle was the role ...

Author: Rhys Giles

Homework Blog
15 Jan 2018

Homework is a Global Issue

Homework is a universal concept that transcends countries and languages - regardless of ...

Author: Naimish Gohil

Blog Guest Blog Lesson Plans
22 Nov 2017

The Perfect Lesson Plan

This week Steven Miles, Headteacher of Daubeney Academy in Bedford, shared with us his insight into what goes into making the perfect lesson plan. Having years of experience ...

Author: Steven Miles

Blog Lesson Plans
21 Nov 2017

What Makes an Outstanding Lesson?

There isn’t one sure fire way to deliver the perfect lesson because there are, of course, extraneous variables that will mean each and every lesson you give is different.

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Internet Access
09 Nov 2017

Students & Technology - Internet Access and Dependency

We’ve been talking a lot about the internet this week, the power of it, the scale of it and what the impact would be if we didn’t have access to it.

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Teacher Wellbeing
19 Oct 2017

Focus on Teacher Wellbeing to Improve Retention in Schools

Author: Naimish Gohil

Blog Teaching Crisis Teacher Workload Teacher Retention Teacher Wellbeing
12 Oct 2017

How to Tackle the Teaching Crisis

The teaching crisis is ongoing, and despite the fact we’re all fully aware of the issues in play the only ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog STEM Girls in STEM
05 Oct 2017

Inspiring Girls to Pursue Careers in STEM

For centuries there have been assumptions about a man’s place and a woman’s place in the world - over time we’ve broken down these barriers and today we’re the most integrated ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Guest Blog Education Technolgy Technology in the classroom Strategy
29 Sep 2017

Technology as an Accelerator for Teaching & Learning

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 ...

Author: José Picardo

Blog PTA
19 Sep 2017

Ideas for Your Next PTA Fundraising Event

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

Author: Bethany Spencer

Grading Marking Blog Progress 8 Attainment 8 Education Reform Assessment Attainment 8 and Progress 8
06 Sep 2017

The Pros and Cons of Progress 8 and Attainment 8

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.

Author: Bethany Spencer

Back to School Academic Year Blog
04 Sep 2017

Starting the New Academic Year Right

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, ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Blog Grammar School Exam Results AS Level
31 Aug 2017

Have We Forgotten Why We Got into Teaching?

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer

Ofqual Grading Blog GCSE Results
03 Aug 2017

GCSE Results 2017 and the New Ofqual Grading System

GCSE results 2017 will be the first in which students will receive grades from the new ofqual grading system.

Author: Bethany Spencer

Summer Holidays Blog
28 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List for Teachers

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 ...

Author: Bethany Spencer