Teaching staff


NQT development: Thriving – not just surviving

5 December 2018

With half of his workforce being new to teaching, headteacher Adrian Kidd describes the systems of support and CPD that allow his NQTs to thrive in their first years at the chalkface


Curriculum for Excellence: What now?

5 December 2018

It is clear that there have been a number of problems with the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. Headteacher John Rutter gives us his ‘state of the nation’ and considers what now needs to happen


NQT Special: Working with teaching assistants

28 November 2018

What is the secret to fostering a successful working relationship with the teaching assistants who you will undoubtedly be working with in your classroom? Matt Bromley offers his 4Cs


NQT Special: An NQT Christmas Carol

28 November 2018

In a period of dark mornings, darker nights, budget cuts and teacher workload, Sean Harris – with a little help from Charles Dickens and a few others – considers how NQTs might achieve levels of optimism and prioritise their development and progress as a teacher in their NQT year:


Flexible working: A case study

28 November 2018

Flexible working isn’t possible in schools – or is it? Imogen Rowley looks at one school that’s made flexible working a success, and offers advice for how you can too


NQT Special: Beating the ITT maze

28 November 2018

Thousands of teachers started their training in September and the ITT year can be just as challenging as life as an NQT. Adam Riches offers advice for the trainee-to-NQT journey



NQT Special: Classroom hypnosis

28 November 2018

It can be too easy to procrastinate over every single detail of our lessons, especially when we are new to teaching. Martin Matthews urges NQTs to trust their instincts. He explains why we should let ourselves switch off in order to switch on...


NQT Special: Tips for surviving your NQT year

28 November 2018

Learning how to say ‘no’, set boundaries and look after yourself is crucial to surviving as a teacher, especially in your first years at the chalkface. Julian Stanley offers some advice


NQT Special: Dogs and Bridges

28 November 2018

There are some teaching basics that never change. In these articles, Roy Watson-Davis offers some tried and tested tips...



The therapeutic teacher

14 November 2018

Continuing her series, expert Shahana Knight advises schools on supporting the emotional and mental health of children and staff, offering easy-to-implement and cost-effective activities. Here she focuses on therapeutic teaching skills


CPD workshop: How teaching assistants can support student learning

7 November 2018

Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted. He offers a template for a 45-minute workshop with free handouts and slides on our website. This instalment looks at how to ensure teaching assistants are best able to support students’ learning and progress



After the lesson observation: Getting it right

17 October 2018

Last week, we focused on how schools and teachers can ensure ‘better’ classroom observation and evaluation. Archie McGlynn now looks at how we can get the post-observation interview and follow-up right



Recruitment: Leaving and starting

17 October 2018

Taking up a new post is often difficult for school leaders, with the pressure, doubts and fear that can come with the move. Having recently made such a move herself, Caroline Sherwood discusses the impact it had


Getting observations right

10 October 2018

In the first of two articles, Archie McGlynn offers us a practical guide to how schools and teachers can work together to improve the quality of learning through ‘better’ classroom observation and evaluation


Staff wellbeing: Secondary traumatic stress

3 October 2018

Secondary trauma occurs when the act of supporting a traumatised young person becomes traumatic in itself – and it is a danger teachers should be aware of. Darren Martindale advises



CPD: Getting coaching right in your school

12 September 2018

Investing more time in coaching approaches to professional development could pay dividends for your school, says assistant principal Laura Mackay. She offers some tenets of good practice


EAL: Working with new arrivals

12 September 2018

This September, many secondary schools will have new arrivals from abroad who have English as an additional language. Continuing our series on EAL, Dr Ruth Wilson gives some practical advice for you and your schools in meeting the needs of this diverse group of learners



Getting back into the swing of things

12 September 2018

Going back to school after the summer can sometimes be just as tough for the teachers as for the students. Julian Stanley offers some advice

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