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The importance of self-reflection

Posted by Rosie Neill on 21 February, 2018

In today's busy education world it's easy to get caught up in the activities of day-to-day teaching and leave no time for self-reflection.  But self-reflection is an important part of what can make you a good teacher and can be hugely valuable. It gives you the time to think  deeply about your teaching;  about what you do in the classroom, why you do it and why it works, enabling you to identify any changes and improvements you could make.

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5 ways to boost your confidence as a teacher

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 21 February, 2018

Having confidence is key to success and can improve your overall effectiveness as a teacher and your wellbeing. Unfortunately, students can be quick to spot lack of confidence in a teacher, which can have implications for classroom management.

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How can mobile phones counter (not create) low-level classroom disruption?

Posted by Tom Harris on 15 February, 2018

In this guest blog from Tom Harris, Lecturer (Senior Tutor) at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, he explores the use of mobile phones in the classroom and how they can not only help with low-level classroom disruption, but also build students trust, self-control and respect for others.

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Ofsted’s latest inspection changes explained

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 12 January, 2018

Here’s a summary of everything you need to know about Ofsted’s November 2017 inspection changes.

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Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants – why the status quo is no longer an option

Posted by Sally Franklin on 9 January, 2018

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Guest blog from Sally Franklin, MITA project coordinator & NASENCo lecturer UCL, Institute of Education. @MITAproject  

The evidence is clear: poor teaching assistant deployment has a negative impact on attainment; effective teaching assistant deployment can have positive impacts.

A ‘perfect storm’ is brewing in SEND which means that schools can no longer accept the status quo with regards to their teaching assistant deployment. Schools in England employ more than 380,000 teaching assistants and the average school spend on teaching assistants is about £200,000 per year.

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What new year CPD resolutions should you make for 2018?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 3 January, 2018

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