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  • School spending on CPD plummets – What does the future hold?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    New research has found that the amount of money that schools are spending on CPD (Continuing Professional Development) has fallen considerably as the pressures of funding cuts really begin to bite. In fact, the research shows that spending on CPD has plummeted by a massive £23.2million in just a...

  • Ofqual issues warning about higher tier GCSE grade boundaries

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    For teachers who have been in the profession for a while, the annual dilemma of deciding which GCSE tier the students they teach should be entered for has often caused a fair bit of anxiety and a few sleepless nights. Get the decision right, of course, and pupils have the opportunity to realise...

  • How to Encourage Students to Create What They Know

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    There are ways to allow the students to show what they know that does not include writing essays. Writing papers over and over in a class is something that has been done in education since the beginning of the time. But as we proceed further into the 21st century, it is time to look at other...

  • Is it time to change curriculum?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

     (How curriculum change in the independent sector might improve maintained schools)

    1. Christmas over. New year, new resolutions.  Out with the old and in with the new.  Please can we add the word ‘curriculum’ after the adjectives in that last sentence? ...

  • Top tips to help you minimise your marking

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Marking is the bane of many a teacher’s life. Indeed, it’s marking that seems to takeover many teachers’ lives too. Look around a staff car park at a school at the end of the day and chances are you will catch sight of a flustered-looking individual filling up their car boot with a...

  • More win-win New Year’s resolutions for teachers

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    When it comes to New Year’s resolutions for teachers, the focus is often on major changes that will bring about a more positive work-life balance. However, sometimes success is best achieved by making a series of small changes. Try these easy-win/win-win ideas for size. Make time work for...

  • Key findings from Ofsted’s Annual Report

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Each year Ofsted publishes a report – a ‘state of the nation’ summary about education in the country. The inspectorate’s annual report is a useful barometer that shows what Ofsted is thinking and feeling. It’s often a strong indicator about what schools need to be mindful of if they face an...

  • How to boost teacher recruitment and retention

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Not to put too fine a point on it, at present we are failing dismally both to recruit the number of teachers needed or to retain them for any decent length of time. This constitutes an awful waste of talent – and the consequences for education in this country are massive. Recruitment and...

  • The future of music education in schools

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    A recent survey conducted by Sussex University has painted a bleak picture of the place of Music in the school curriculum. It found that the number of schools offering Music A-level has dropped by 15% in the last two years. The situation for Music Technology A-level looks even worse, with a 32%...

  • Unions unite to tell the government: Enough is enough

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    There have been occasions in the past when the various teaching unions have shown solidarity and displayed a united front on certain issues. However, there is a real sense right now that unions are finally prepared to join forces and to genuinely unite like never before to send a clear and...