A Headteacher’s Suicide That Should Never Have Happened
The tragic death of a brilliantly successful headteacher alerted Jackie Beere to the destructive nature of stress . it profoundly changed her life.
How Can Teachers Promote The Skills Of Self-Regulation In Young Children?
‘Self-regulation’ has become a hot topic, appearing in materials and publications from both the DfE and Ofsted and it will be in n of the EYFS statutory framework due to come into force from September 2021. Sue Cowley draws from her new book to explore the learning behaviours required
How to Develop a Growth Mindset with Game-Based Learning
Video games hook students in, provide challenges and keep them engaged for hours. Former teacher Paul Carter, now head of learning content at Mangahigh, offers advice on how teachers can learn from the psychology of games to develop student perseverance in class
The Importance Of Seeing Yourself In What You Read
One third of ethic minority children don’t recognise themselves in any texts they read and this is undermining their commitment to reading, according to new research. Emily Best, of the National Literacy Association in the UK, explains the findings.
Teaching Primary Climate Change
Now, more than ever, students want to know about the climate emergency and teachers want guidance on how to teach about the biggest crisis facing the planet – climate change. And who better to help teachers with this than CTL, the leading practical journal for teachers.
David Hopkins’ Approach To School Improvement and System Leadership
Professor David Hopkins is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost thinkers about school improvement and how to put it on a sustainable footing. He has written a lot for TeachingTimes and here we collect his articles and some wider links to give an over-view of his thinking and strategies for implementing change in schools
Every Child A Reader
New Research shows that organised parental engagement in their children's reading could more than offset losses caused by Covid-19. Heather Clements reports on the Every Child A Reader Framework
Do We Care Enough About Staff Wellbeing?
Worthwhileness – happiness – well-being. These words are relatively new in politics – and in education. Richard Layard1 suggests that the things that make people happy are our social lives, the trust we have in others, the continuity of our lives, our feelings of self-worth (including feeling at least as well off as other people), and the feeling that things are getting better.
Why The School Library Was My First Investment – Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver, who has been called one of the country’s most inspirational and successful school leaders, urges schools to recognise the power of school libraries
Behaviour Management In An inclusive Classroom: A Masterclass
Good personal relationships are one of the foundations for effective behaviour management and high levels of student attainment, but there is an important stage before this, as Patrick Garton explains.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Fair Access To Higher Education
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the public health measures taken to combat it, have the potential to deliver a serious check to the impressive progress that Scotland has made towards fair access to higher education.
The Implications of COVID-19 on the School Funding Landscape
The impact of Covid-19 on school funding has been unprecedented, with schools having lost a significant amount of income and incurred substantial additional costs.
How Prepared Were Primary Teachers and Pupils in England for the Shift To Online Learning?
7.5 per cent of teachers in England are well below the international average of 35 per cent for having received professional development of incorporating technology into maths lessons.
Assessing COVID-19 Cost Pressures on England’s Schools
Virtually all schools have had to spend more this year in order to operate in a ‘Covid-safe’ environment, with half of schools having to use their reserves and half unlikely to balance their budget by the end of the year.
Students Join Real-World Research Project Into Genetics
An open-ended research programme into genetics called Stan-X is encouraging school students to participate in real science in the UK and internationally. Gareth Lewis reports.
Israeli Schools Confront An Achievement Chasm
An alarmingly wide gap in achievement between advantaged and dis-advantaged students has led to the creation of the Darca Network. In the first of a series of articles, its founding CEO, Gil Pereg, analyses why their approach is showing some serious success.
Healthy Schools, Healthy Children?
This is the first major Ofsted survey on the broader aspects of health and well–being of pupils since the introduction of the Every Child Matters agenda. It covers the school ethos, the curriculum, food and drink, PE and school sport, lifelong health messages and barriers to improvement. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 11
Schools are embracing interactive whiteboards and students are reaping the benefits from new software, says DUNCAN MCMILLAN, who looks at how one award-winning company is bringing a new dimension to maths through interactive games designed specially for interactive whiteboard use.
Analytic v synthetic phonics
Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson, explore analytic versus synthetic phonics; consider the research into the merits of the techniques; and look at the outcome of phonics teaching on a child’s reading success.
Chris Watkins takes a closer look at collaboration between pupils: why do they enjoy it and how does it work?
The limits of inclusion
With the growing government emphasis on inclusion, the role of special schools has become marginalised in education policy. Yet for many children, inclusion in the mainstream is a route to failure.
A Modest Proposal For Schools After Christmas
Is there a better way to reconcile the dilemma that school are spreading the virus , and the need to keep hem open for the sake of educational equity?
The Four Pillars of Support Missing For Children With Special Educational Needs During Covid -19
Sonia Blandford describes the needs of children with Special Educational Needs during the Covid Crisis, which she laments, have been disgracefully neglected
2020: The Year When Digital Learning Came Into Its Own
2020 - unforgettable but may herald a better, more equitable future for education
Great Teaching and Learning? It’s a habit!
Our habits are like an automatic pilot that helps us do everything without too much thinking. We know what we are doing and how to do it. Then a pandemic hits and changes everything.
Only A Crisis Can Produce Real Change
Headteacher Shonogh Pilgrim misses lockdown and has some bitter-sweet reflections about the return to a less-than-great ‘normal'.
Evelyn Dunbar Assembly
Art is a powerful tool in time of crisis and great social change. This assembly by Matt James, examines the role that art has played during times of profound national crisis, both in relation to the Second World War and during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Pupils need to have experience of as many different materials as possible to make sense of their world. Of course, the idea of studying different types of materials, such as paper, wood or metals might seem a little uninspiring, but the fact remains that materials science (in terms of materials’ properties and usage etc.) is an important part of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 education.