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  • #RunAndRevise: Running to beat exam stress

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    It’s hardly a ground-breaking statement to make to say that physical exercise has many benefits. People obviously understand that regular activity is good for our physical health. The benefits to our mental well-being from being active are hardly a surprise to the general public either. All of...

  • What schools can do to support Muslim pupils during Ramadan

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Once again, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has fallen at the same time as the exam season in the UK. This year, the last week or so will fall when most schools are on half-term – which is perhaps fortunate - but many GCSEs and A levels are still scheduled to take place in the weeks before. The...

  • How the Best Teachers Teach Reading

    By Jackie Carrillo, 24 Jan 2020

    Reading is one of those fundamental skills that all students, regardless or interests or aptitudes, must acquire. The modern world is built on the written word, and kids who fail to gain strength in literacy will fail to thrive as adults. While reading habits start in the home, teachers have a...

  • How To Detect Plagiarism?

    By Milyn Anne, 24 Jan 2020

    What is plagiarism? Why students plagiarize? When we talk about plagiarism and writing, we refer to stealing someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Although it is not fair, both to the original author and the teacher, students do it a lot. Why? As we know teachers...

  • Do Extra-Curricular Activities Equate to Better Education?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Why do parents choose to spend up to twenty thousand pounds a year to educate their children privately? Prestige? Snobbery? A misplaced perception that if they pay, it must be better? Independent schools would list reasons more closely connected with pedagogy. Small classes, traditional...

  • Benefits of extra-curricular activities for students

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    There is so much pressure on schools these days and the focus on exam performance, league tables and Ofsted is unrelenting. However, schools should always remember that there is much more to education than exam grades. Here are some of the many benefits for having a wide and varied...

  • Why Media Studies should be seen as a valuable subject in schools

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Few subjects have been as belittled over the last two decades as Media Studies. The supposed pointlessness of Media Studies degrees has seen the subject become the butt of many jokes. In schools, Media Studies has struggled to survive in the face of the government’s relentless drive to promote...

  • How gaming can make literacy teaching exciting for kids

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The writing framework criteria for Year 6 is hardly the most inspiring document in the world, and that’s a massive understatement. Indeed, the teaching of literacy (and grammar, in particular) is one of the ‘driest’ aspects of the English curriculum. Of course, the creativity and imagination of...

  • Knowledge Organisers: A gigantic leap forward or a step back for learning?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Sadly, teachers being off work with stress is not uncommon. Similarly, it’s hardly a great surprise to hear about teaching unions proposing some form of industrial action, or for them to be at loggerheads with government over some aspect of education policy. However, it is something of a surprise...

  • Time management and well-being tips for teachers

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The maxim ‘work smarter, not harder’ is nothing new. It’s become an ever-present, obligatory slide on CPD PowerPoint presentations up and down the country. Of course, it does make a lot of sense. But, for teachers at least, it’s more likely to be met with an ironic (even derisory) smile and...