School Workforce

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...



Metacognition: Classroom strategies

21 November 2018

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit ranks metacognition and self-regulation practices as among the most effective. Matt Bromley continues his focus on these strategies by offering six teaching approaches for the classroom



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


ID verification in schools

14 November 2018

ID verification for safer recruitment and to prevent other criminal activities is an essential responsibility in schools. Dave Verma offers some quick advice


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



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




Podcasts and videos for teachers of computing

19 September 2018

Computing is still a relatively new subject on our curriculum and, as such, on-going CPD is essential if our teachers are to excel. Terry Freedman lists 10 podcasts and 10 online video channels that could help you stay up-to-date, or which could provide classroom support


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


CPD workshop: Leading your team effectively

5 September 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 developing the skills and knowledge of those new to middle leadership

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