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Kate Herbert-Smith

Kate's background in publishing has left her with a great love of thoughtful descriptions and inspiring stories. When she's not writing compelling blogs and case studies for us, she can be found devouring the latest best-seller or watching all manner of TED Talks. She has a growing appetite for video editing/storytelling, not to mention an unhealthy passion for all things Harry Potter and the uncanny ability to recite almost every single episode of the sitcom Friends.
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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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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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What new year CPD resolutions should you make for 2018?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 3 January, 2018

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Why INSET days need to be more useful and how to plan one

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 8 December, 2017

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A good INSET day should be inspiring, useful, personalised and above all engaging. A day where teachers come together to discuss strategies for improvement, share their pearls of wisdom and focus on how to improve the learning experience for students.


Sadly, the reality is quite different...


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