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  • End of Term Fillers – It Doesn’t Have To Be Videos and Word Searches

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    So the last week of the toughest term arrives. It might not be the longest, but the Spring, or Lent, term is the darkest, coldest and dreariest. Although, to be fair, can anybody remember a February and March with weather quite like we are enjoying at the moment? Let’s hope that the climate...

  • Is our obsession with testing ruining education?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The recent announcement from Ofsted of a new inspection framework has prompted many within education to consider what really matters in our schools. It’s an opportunity to re-evaluate and take stock – a natural pause to do an ‘curriculum audit’ and re-shape a school’s offering for the future. Of...

  • Rejected Middle Class Oxford University Applicants Demand Answers

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The issue of the lack of diversity in admissions to Oxbridge has been a contentious topic in recent years. Oxford University, in particular, has been plagued with criticism and damaging media coverage over the matter. A Freedom of Information request, obtained by the Financial Times, revealed that...

  • Britain will fall behind if adult education is not increased

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The issue of funding cuts and the impact they are having on the quality of education in the UK is a discussion that continues to rumble on. Naturally, the focus tends to be on how schools are affected. However, in today’s world the need for lifelong learning is increasingly important, and funding...

  • Are school exclusions linked to knife crime?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    As the horrifying trend of knife crime continues, recent murders have pushed the issue back into the media spotlight once again. The killings of 17-year old Jodie Chesney in a park in Harold Hill, London; and Yousef Makki – also 17 – in leafy Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, within 24 hours of each...

  • Why school clubs really matter

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    An (unintended) knock-on effect of the recent reform of GCSEs, the reality of funding cuts, and the ever-looming spectre of Ofsted has been that school clubs – part of the fabric of school life in the UK for decades – have been squeezed out somewhat. Of course, they haven’t disappeared completely;...

  • Top tips for brilliant lesson planning

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Until relatively recently (2018, to be exact), it was an Ofsted requirement that trainee teachers had to submit detailed lessons to inspectors. Thankfully, this has finally been changed and Ofsted have removed the need for inspectors to see lesson plans of trainee teachers. The business of how...

  • How to plan a lesson for a teaching interview

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Teaching a lesson is a key part of most (if not all) teaching job interviews, and with good reason – sitting opposite a panel answering questions is not what you are going to be employed for; it’s your teaching. Still, the ‘interview lesson’ is as problematic as it is integral to the interview...

  • College Bribery Instead of Studying: Aunt Becky Did What??

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Unless you have sworn off listening to, watching, or reading the latest reports from the media (who doesn’t think about tuning out all news nowadays), you have probably heard about the college bribery cases. The bribery seems to have been done by many of the ultra-rich and famous for the supposed...

  • Running a Class Trip: A Practical Guide for Those New to the Role

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Can you remember class trip from back when you were a kid? They were a chance to get out of the daily grind of school for the day and learn about something first hand. It was a fun day as you got to sit on the bus next to your friends and not worry about the hassle of homework for another day....