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  • Working in independent schools

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Nearly fifty independent schools closed in the last academic year. Many others are struggling. It is not a good time to be a teacher in the independent sector. For a short period, I taught in a place on the verge of closure, an average sized privately-owned Prep school based in the East...

  • What is comparative assessment and how can teachers use it in their classroom?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Every school has them; the tickers, the flickers, the essay writers and the deadline fighters. Marking; the bane of teacher’s lives. Would it be that there was a form of assessment that was less time consuming, but also accurate and – importantly – useful. Perhaps there is some good news,...

  • How to Close the Gap Between Learners?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    If you are an educator, you know every year in your classroom you will have all types of learning levels present in your students. You will have the students that are bright enough they could almost teach the class. There will be the students that consistently turn in average work, nothing less,...

  • Less than 1 in 5 teachers think Ofsted is ‘trusted and reliable’

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Let’s be honest, expecting teachers to proclaim their love and affection for Ofsted is a bit like thinking turkeys would vote for Christmas. It’s never going to happen, being realistic. However, it would seem that what little begrudging respect that may have existed within the teaching...

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  • How to avoid teacher burnout

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    For most teachers up and down the country right now the garden is rosy and the mood is positive. Okay, that’s not strictly true. We should not forget that for some teachers the start of term will be anything but the above. If the practicalities of funding cuts or the aftermath of disappointing...

  • Does setting by ability disadvantage students?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Grouping classes by prior attainment and ability is standard practice in most secondary schools. Many teachers will have plenty of experience of teaching classes that are set in this way, especially in core subjects. Of course, the question of whether this type of setting is the best way to...

  • DfE plans a crackdown on poor behaviour

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Although nothing has been confirmed as yet, it’s fair to say that we have now entered a period of unofficial General Election campaigning. And with the new Prime Minister intent on asserting his domestic agenda, accusations of electioneering and election gimmickry have been flying around the...

  • Is It Possible to Create a Bully-Free School?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Never has the topic of bullying in schools been more focused on in history than right now at this moment. However, it appears that bullying has never been more prevalent in history either than right at this moment. There are so many more avenues now where students can seek out and bully other...

  • How can teachers support one another without doing more work?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Teaching can be a lonely job. Which is surprising, given that we spend most of our working day in contact with others. But where teaching is unusually stressful is that we work in periods of high intensity, followed by spells of relative calm. That is tiring and can lead us to dwell on problems...

  • Addressing the Learning Gap – What Can Teachers Do?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Anybody heard of Steve Strand? He’s a very clever chap, an Oxford professor invited by the Government to produce the catchily entitled ‘Ethnicity, Deprivation and Educational Achievement … (plus twenty-four other multi-syllabled words.)’ It is a dense, depressing read. Like a kind of black...