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  • Verbal Vs. Written Feedback

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    It is the season of the cup final - the FA Cup, the Champions League, the Play-Offs... and there's another battle of the heavyweights going on: Written Feedback vs. Verbal Feedback. So, who comes out on top? Marking and feedback has become one of the biggest bones of contention in schools. It is...

  • What is the secret of your classroom management?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Good classroom management is the foundation of all good teaching. The foundations need to be solid because everything you do in the classroom is really built on it. From this solid base, virtually anything can be achieved in the classroom because you have already created an essential part of an...

  • The best lesson planning method

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Lesson planning is an area of teaching for which a lot of myths exist. Indeed, it's well worth looking at what Ofsted has to say about lesson planning in its guidance document: 

  • Ofsted inspection: 10 things you need to know

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The dreaded phone call of Ofsted Inspection has been received. What do you need to know? Here are some tips and important things to remember.

    1. Lesson planning
    Inspectors will want to see that school policies are being adhered to across the board. Other than...

  • How to Prepare Students for Exams

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Once a student enters high school, they begin the onslaught of life-altering exams so there is need to prepare students for exams. Some exams are taken while the students are still in secondary education, others will take near the end of their college years in an effort to become certified for...

  • Teaching Methods that Work

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    The days of traditional teaching methods such as a teacher standing in front of the classroom at a podium lecturing the students about an educational topic is a thing of the past. These types of teaching methods are not suitable for a 21st century learning space. All teachers should be on the...

  • Which teaching ideas to bin?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Here is a selection of teaching ideas to bin: If only certain ideas that proliferate in education were to be consigned to the educational ‘Room 101’, the scrapheap and the bin forever. Data collections Sometimes called 'data drops' as if the cunning use of alliteration somehow...

  • Hard worker or smart worker: which teacher are you?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Hard Work vs. Smart Work is an argument that is usually debated in the business world. The general consensus is that to get ahead and be successful in business you need to be more of a smart worker and not just a hard worker. It's worth looking at it from a business perspective. Imagine putting...

  • Tips for successful revision classes

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    What makes a successful revision classes? How to make the most of your revision schedule? How do you avoid running yourself and your students into the ground in the process? Students of all ages will never have any difficulty finding advice about how they should go about revision. The internet is...

  • Ofsted Inspections: Do they have any benefits?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    This could be the shortest blog post in the history of the internet... Ofsted Inspections: Do they have any benefits? No. The End That might be harsh, controversial and an incredibly biased view- but you can bet your bottom dollar that thousands of teachers up and...