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6 ways to boost your confidence as a teacher

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 22 March, 2018

Having confidence as a teacher can improve your overall effectiveness as well as your wellbeing. Unfortunately, students can be quick to spot a lack of confidence, which can lead to issues with classroom management. 

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The challenge of pupil transition. Have you given it enough thought? 

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 19 March, 2018

The transition from primary to secondary school is a huge step for pupils. For the majority, it is a time of broadening horizons and growing independence.

However, wider research (McGee et al, 2003 and West et al, 2008) shows that, for a significant minority (particularly vulnerable students), it can be a time when their confidence as learners is reduced and they don’t progress as expected. In extreme cases, it can be a time of great trauma which triggers disengagement from formal education.

Effectively transitioning pupils from primary to secondary school is hugely important. But what role do both primary and secondary schools play and how exactly can they help?

Watch this video to discover how video has helped one secondary school teacher to make the transition process more effective:



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Putting Evidence to Work - An Implementation Guide for Schools

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 1 March, 2018

As a school leader you are undoubtedly always striving to improve your school and do better for your learners. In doing so, you more than likely work hard to adopt and embed new strategies that encourage teachers to try new things and learn from their experiences.

But, do you ever stop to think about how you introduce new ideas? Or how you manage the changes that come from adopting new strategies, in order to maximise their chances of success?

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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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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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