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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: 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



Managing behaviour: Introducing Ready to Learn

26 September 2018

Ready to Learn, the approach to behaviour management at The Fallibroome Academy, has had a remarkable impact. Vice-principal Ross Martland explains how the initiative works



Poetic inspiration for new teachers

30 August 2018

To Learn the Future – an anthology of poetry aimed at new teachers – is hoping to inspire and support those at the beginning of their careers. Sam Phipps explains




NQT Special Edition: Effective time-management

27 June 2018

Time-management is a vital skill for teachers, especially those new to the profession and certainly for those beginning life as an NQT or RQT. John Dabell offers some advice


NQT Special Edition: Moving from NQT to RQT

27 June 2018

Steve Burnage talks us through a CPD workshop for new teachers, with free handouts and slides. The CPD looks at reflecting on your NQT year, making the step up to RQT, and preparing for whatever lies ahead...


The great unplanned lesson: Part 1

7 March 2018

You arrive at school and unforeseen circumstances mean that you’re covering a lesson in a subject you know little about – and with no preparation time. In the first of two articles, Gerry Mallaghan offers advice and quick activity ideas to help you survive...


Assessment: The feedback conundrum

31 January 2018

Achieving a whole-school marking policy that satisfies students, parents and teachers might just be impossible. Dr Bernard Trafford instead urges a focus on some simple tenets of good feedback...


Winning on workload

24 January 2018

The themes of workload, stress and pressure continue in education. Julian Stanley urges us to make 2018 the year of effective change to working practices


Leadership & staff retention: A no-blame culture (part 4)

24 January 2018

Our five-part series on the links between leadership approaches and staff retention and recruitment continues. In part four, Matt Bromley considers how a no-blame culture is essential to success and what this looks like in practice


Teaching: What I wish I knew back then...

10 January 2018

With the joy of hindsight from his years at the chalkface and as a school leader, how would Fergal Roche start again as a teacher if he could use the knowledge he has today?


Shared teacher planning to reduce workload

3 January 2018

Shared teacher planning could be an effective response to heavy teacher workloads. Dr Andrew K Shenton, Andy Sherlaw and Gareth Ellis report on research at Whitley Bay High School into possible approaches


Leadership and staff retention: Surgeons vs architects (part 1)

3 January 2018

In a new five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the links between school leadership and the retention and recruitment of school staff. In part one, he considers research into the different types of leadership approach – and the implications of these for school staff


NQT Special: A planned lesson, not a lesson plan

29 November 2017

The art of planning lessons is a key challenge to master for the new teacher, both from the point of view of work/life balance and effective teaching practice. Matt Bromley advises




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