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  • 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....

  • How to Be an Outstanding Teacher without Classroom Management Skills?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    There are numerous aspects of teaching that most people do not even consider when entering into the realm of education. You may believe that you just have to educate the students on the certain subjects adequately and everything will go fine. But to be an outstanding teacher, you have to be...

  • Joining a union - essential or personal choice?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    In a recent blog on, my colleague and fellow writer Rachel Andersson outlined five excellent reasons for joining a teaching union. These included support, legal advice, professional development and a couple of less common reasons – the advice and help a union can offer with...

  • Government issues new guidelines on sex and relationships education

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    When it comes to education policy it’s true that it is virtually impossible to please everybody. Any new policy announcement is likely to split opinion and receive as much criticism as it does praise. The government’s new curriculum guidelines on mental health, relationships and sex education have...

  • Do we ask too much of trainee teachers?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Anybody who has gone through the experience (or ordeal!) of trainee teacher will agree that it is one of the most stressful – yet strangely exhilarating – journeys that you will ever embark on during your lifetime. For most that train to teach it is a veritable rollercoaster ride of ups and...

  • How can you revamp your primary school curriculum?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    All sectors in education tend to suffer from ‘initiative overload’. Schools can take on too much – often imposed by government policymakers – and not enough time is given to properly embed a new approach, strategy or policy, before the next change comes along. On the flipside, whilst nobody...