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  • Tips for teachers: How to prepare for the new school year

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Without a shadow of a doubt, the best preparation that teachers can have for the start of the new school year in September is to allow themselves enough time to relax and rejuvenate over the six-week summer break. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to recuperate over the holidays....

  • How to plan an effective scheme of work

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    There are very few teachers who don’t do at least some work during the summer holidays. Some would disagree, of course, but most just accept that a certain amount of planning and preparation needs to be done during the break. One of the most common work tasks that teachers are faced with over the...

  • How teachers should review and reflect on their classroom practice

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Reviewing and reflecting tends to come naturally to most teachers. It’s a core part of the formal performance management and lesson observation processes in schools. Although policies and processes differ from school to school, the principle of the reviewer/observer asking the teacher to review...

  • A guide to goal setting for teachers: the path to self-improvement

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The start of the academic year in September is the natural time for teachers to be thinking about setting goals and targets for themselves. All teachers have to do this at the start of the autumn term anyway as part of their performance management. However, for those wanting to set a more personal...

  • How Are Parents to Know What Good Teaching Is?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Being a classroom teacher is often like trying to manage a slippery slope. The teacher is constantly being monitored and reviewed by everyone. Administrators will often drop on by to see not only how the educator is teaching the students, but also how they are keeping proper discipline in the...

  • Why Ofsted feels the need to publish ‘mythbusting’ documents

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Perhaps the biggest indictment of the UK’s current school inspection system is the fact that the inspectorate feels the need, from time to time, to publish guidance to dispel the various myths and misconceptions that exist around inspections and what Ofsted is and isn’t looking for. The documents...

  • Top tips for teachers to make the most of the summer holidays

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The summer holidays are finally here! It’s the start of a well-deserved break for teachers. Six weeks is a fair chunk of time but if you’re not careful it will pass in the blink of an eye. It’s important that all teachers use the time in any way that suits them, of course. But - most importantly -...

  • Why the teacher retention crisis could become a school leadership crisis

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    It seems that you are never too far away from a media story reporting on the recruitment and retention crisis in teaching. Statistics show that approximately 30% of all new teachers left the classroom in the last five years. In fact, roughly one in five NQTs expect to leave the profession within...

  • Have funding cuts caused permanent damage to schools?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    It is a mark of the depth of feeling about the impact of the funding crisis in schools that the issue now appears to have transcended traditional party lines. A cross-party parliamentary group has called on Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, to increase funding for education and argues...

  • Is it time to ditch end of term gifts?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    I had a colleague once. He was a Geography teacher, which might explain the following anecdote. Jim – that’s not his name, but it will do – held of a number of beliefs. Firmly. Some of these related to gifts from his students at Christmas, the end of the school year and, if the chance arose, at...