Category: Blog Posts For Teachers
Knowing the Pupils
Knowing the pupils in our immediate care is what dedicated teachers strive to do. We want to ensure that the support they receive in school is matched to their abilities. However there is more to knowing our pupils that just their academic capability and performance. There has, in my humble opinion, been far too much … Continued
Helping school governors improve their schools
The governing body comprises the head teacher, parent and teacher representatives with the remainder being elected members of the community who is led by a chair of governors. As there are parent representatives on the governing body, these members can be approached by other parents who can bring concerns and requests for improvements and other … Continued
What makes teaching strategies effective?
Response To Intervention (RTI) strategies are varied. Those that work are based on well-structured planning which is based on evidence. Most teaching strategies are specific to the subject being taught, such as mathematics and languages although there are strategies that can work across the subjects. These strategies can be combined as in the following example: … Continued
Ten Tips for New Teachers
You have got through your Teacher Training and successful gained the ‘Newly Qualified Teacher Status’, congratulations. “Congratulations, you have just taken your first step into a larger world”, to quote Alec Guinness’s character in Star Wars Episode Four! Now you are about to face your first class, on your own. That mix of feelings, excitement, … Continued
No Excuses for failing Vulnerable Pupils
There are no excuses as to why we fail our most vulnerable pupils so why do we? Well, this is a very good question! According to a very old article in the TES from 2001 there are no excuses for failing our most vulnerable pupils! Yet in December 2017, over a decade and half since … Continued
The availability of technology for online learning has been around for well over a decade. The Anytime Anywhere Learning initiative that came out of the USA some years ago gained traction in the UK. This approach schools the room to develop their vision for extending and enhancing access to learning opportunities beyond the school … Continued
How Do Small Groups Benefit Learners?
With increasing class sizes in many schools across the UK, it is understandable that many parents and carers may be anxious about how their offspring are coping in larger classes. It is not surprising that small group sessions, catch-up programmes and intervention strategies are being employed both in and outside of school time in an … Continued
An Easy Way To Improve Teacher Performance
Studies at Yale University have shown that virtual reality training leads to enhanced performance when faced with a real environment. This is why professional training for doctors, military personnel and even astronauts uses simulations to enhance skills and produce better results. We believe that schools should be able to enjoy the benefits that this innovative … Continued
How Can Teachers Encourage Reluctant Writers?
A recent study by the National Trust Literacy has suggested that children who write for pleasure produce class work that is seven times better than the expected level for their age group. However, the same research indicates that, while enthusiasm for writing has risen since 2015, 45% of pupils don’t actually enjoy writing in their … Continued