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Anxiety and depression: Are they co-morbid?

14 April 2020

An estimated one in 10 teenagers have mental health problems, with a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-article series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part two, she asks if anxiety and depression are co-morbid or one syndrome


Supporting inclusion and empowering LGBT+ young people

13 April 2020

LGBT+ equality is core to an inclusive education system and is a priority for the staff and students of Burntwood School. Samantha Bradey speaks to school leader Katelyn Farrenson about their work with Unicef Rights Respecting Schools and the Stonewall Schools Champion Award to create an inclusive ...



Some research-based approaches to teaching

8 April 2020

There is plenty of research focusing on effective teaching and learning techniques in the classroom. John Dabell picks out some choice approaches that have been shown to be effective




Remote teaching and learning: Dos and Don'ts

1 April 2020

Teachers are getting used to remote working – supporting pupils and families with education during the coronavirus lockdown. Andy McHugh offers some dos and don’ts for teaching staff


Coaching and wellbeing for teachers and school leaders

31 March 2020

Wellbeing has become a key priority for many schools in the UK. In response to this, coaching is increasingly being employed as a CPD strategy to support staff. Helen Webb discusses the ways coaching can be used to improve staff wellbeing


Handling crisis and change: Lessons from Apollo 13

31 March 2020

Handling crisis and significant change can be incredibly stressful and typically happens in stages. Drawing on change-management theory and the infamous Apollo 13 mission, Jez Bennett looks at how we might handle the coronavirus emergency


Coronavirus: A realistic approach to home learning

25 March 2020

As millions of school children – and their parents – knuckle down to home schooling, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the advice for schools and teachers on how to set work and what the expectations should (and should not) be



Coronavirus: Home-schooling – advice for parents

24 March 2020

Schools are supporting home education via setting work and linking families to resources. However, why not also offer parents some basic teaching advice and tips for the facilitation of learning. Sean Harris explains



Coronavirus: Provision and teaching in school during the crisis

23 March 2020

For the foreseeable future, schools are only open to children of key workers, vulnerable students or those with an EHCP. Matt Bromley looks at what kind of provision we can reasonably offer these students at a time of national crisis and staff shortages




Coronavirus: Supporting families and pupils learning from home

21 March 2020

Schools face a raft of new challenges as they seek to support the home education of their students. Matt Bromley offers his reflections on what teachers and schools can do to ensure learning continues as much as possible during the coronavirus emergency


Coronavirus: Crisis management and school closure – issues to consider

18 March 2020

Schools are closing across the UK in the face of the coronavirus emergency. As they prepare to shut their doors, Matt Bromley looks at some of the issues headteachers will need to think about, including practical considerations, supporting staff, the continuation of learning, and safeguarding


How to have high expectations in your classroom

18 March 2020

We have known it for a long time – when teachers’ expectations of students are high, they achieve better outcomes. Andy McHugh looks at how we can raise our expectations right now


Saving time: Collaboration

18 March 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this five-part series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Part three focuses on powerful collaboration


CPD: Five things schools should...

11 March 2020

Are you planning next year’s CPD programme for your school/s? Maria Cunningham suggests five things the evidence says you should leave out


County lines: A world of violence, intimidation and crime

11 March 2020

Young offenders are not as ‘popular’ as other vulnerable groups and yet in a world of intimidation, violence, county lines and organised crime, their need is just as great. Schools are among those on the front line of this battle. Darren Martindale explains more



Anxiety and depression: The new normal?

11 March 2020

An estimated one in 10 teens have mental health problems, with high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-part series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part one, she considers whether this is the new ‘normal’ and some implications for schools


The curriculum: Seven questions for your school

4 March 2020

The curriculum has become a core focus for Ofsted inspections. Drawing on inspections under the new EIF, Danny Cuttell offers seven curriculum questions to consider before the summer

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