Support staff

Running your own lesson study

15 November 2017

The lesson study process can be effective, rewarding and even fun for groups of teachers seeking to improve student outcomes or an element of practice. Roy Watson-Davis looks at how to structure a lesson study investigation


CPD for school support staff

1 November 2017

Teacher development is a clear priority for the most effective schools, but how do you ensure that your support staff aren’t missing out on vital CPD? Bridget Clay advises





The process of learning: Comfortable with discomfort (part 3)

20 September 2017

Our series on the learning process continues. Matt Bromley is looking at the three secrets to boosting students’ long-term memory and recall. This week, he considers the first of these – creating a positive learning environment


Staff wellbeing: Creating a better balance...

20 September 2017

The Education Support Partnership’s latest health survey shows continuing problems with excessive workloads. Julian Stanley calls for government action and offers teachers some practical advice


Calling all SEN professionals

20 September 2017

Taking place on October 6 and 7, the 25th annual Tes SEN Show offers a range of CPD seminars, practical workshops, and debates. Show organiser Beverley Walters previews this year’s event


The process of learning: Improving how students learn (part 2)

13 September 2017

In the second part of his series on how students learn and the practical implications for teachers and teaching, Matt Bromley continues to explain the process of learning, discusses the secrets to accessing pupils’ long-term memories and offers three steps to improving the learning process


Dyslexia: The inside story

13 September 2017

Ahead of her appearance at the Tes SEN Show in October, Kate Griggs, founder of the charity Made By Dyslexia, outlines what dyslexia is, how it affects learning, the skills that dyslexic children often have, and how we can support them


The process of learning: What is learning? (Part 1)

6 September 2017

Teaching is the input and learning is the output. But what goes on in-between? In this new 10-part series, Matt Bromley will be dissecting the process of teaching and asking what learning looks like – offering practical advice for school staff. In this first introductory piece, he defines what he ...


Scottish Learning Festival 2017

30 August 2017

The theme of this year’s Scottish Learning Festival is Promoting Excellence and Equity for All. We asked organisers Education Scotland to preview the attractions at the free event


Leading a support staff team

5 July 2017

School support staff play a crucial role in the success of teachers and students. Steve Burnage outlines some successful strategies to enable support staff team leaders to lead and develop successful and highly motivated teams


Preparing for exam results: A checklist

5 July 2017

The job of an exams officer is most certainly not done once the summer exams series is completed. Jugjit Chima runs through the main duties and responsibilities of exams officers in the coming weeks and months


A workload audit: Thirty key questions for your school

24 May 2017

We all know that teachers work well beyond their designated hours, but just how can schools help to adjust the work/life balance for their staff? Drawing on the government’s Workload Survey and expert working groups, Suzanne O’Connell poses 30 self-evaluation questions for senior leaders


The secrets of a happy staffroom

24 May 2017

A vibrant staffroom can make a huge difference to a school. Head George McMillan gives Liam Donnison his perspectives on leading a happy and motivated school team


Conducting an audit of your teaching assistant provision

17 May 2017

Are your school’s teaching assistants effective? Or perhaps we should ask: do you train, deploy and manage them effectively? Daniel Sobel says that poor use of TAs can harm student outcomes. He explains how to carry out an effective audit of your TA provision


Case study: Supporting your support staff

19 April 2017

In the school team, every person counts. School leader Katherine Cocker-Goring discusses her work to boost CPD and development for support staff and to more closely link student progress and staff development


How ‘honest’ are you and your school?

8 March 2017

What role does honesty play in the character and ethos of your school? Matt Bawden discusses why honesty should drive everything we do as staff and how this can inspire students and parents too


Education on show at the NEC

1 March 2017

This year’s Education Show takes place from March 16 to 18. We preview the free event, with a look at some of the CPD and exhibitors on show


Inclusion and the teaching assistant

8 February 2017

Within the context of dyslexia, Dr Dominic Griffiths explains how high-quality training for teaching assistants can help to develop an inclusive school environment


Our invaluable science technicians

1 February 2017

Supporting and celebrating our science technician colleagues is important. Fran Dainty from the National STEM Learning Network takes a moment to reflect on their vital work


Maintaining your professional boundaries

23 November 2016

Maintaining personal, professional and protective boundaries is a crucial consideration for those working in our schools. Sarah Morgan offers guidance for teachers and education professionals


Do you feel comfortable talking to pupils about mental health?

6 July 2016

It’s good to talk. Especially so when students are facing challenges to their mental health. However, teachers often feel out of their depth when faced with these conversations on sensitive issues. Psychologist Dr Asha Patel offers her advice and reassurance


Tips for managing workload and stress

6 July 2016

Given the pressure of the teaching role, being able to manage stress is crucial. Kathy Oxtoby seeks out some tips and advice on ways to de-stress and manage stress both at work and at home, and when and where to seek support

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