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A ‘key person’ opens doors to better learning

It is crucial to designate a member of staff to each child who can help them to settle in and act as a point of contact for parents, says early years specialist Helen Pinnington – and yet some schools...

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Behaviour can improve with greet expectations

It’s quiz time, teachers. Which of the following lesson starts is better? Is it... A. The class jostle at the door, and then melt into a line as the teacher approaches. A pile of books under her arm,...

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Classroom cheat sheet: 30 November 2018

This week: Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning (ICFP) If someone says… “What the heck is Integrated Curriculum Financial Planning?” You say... “Basically, it’s a way of trying to work out what...

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Eight ways to survive as a stressed-out teacher

When it comes to teacher stress, we all know how it goes. Few would be surprised to read that 83 per cent of the profession are stressed, according to a YouGov poll, and nearly a third are “very...

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Helping every pupil to fly high

Early intervention is vital to tackle educational inequality before it becomes entrenched, argues Megan Dixon, so all teachers must understand how to identify children who need extra support

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Is learning the best medicine?

A major study revealing how community learning can be used to alleviate mental health problems has the potential to transform the status of the sector. So why has the government buried the report?...

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It’s story time – for teenagers

Once upon a time, there was a science teacher called Bill Wilkinson. Bill loved reading, and he wanted to pass this passion on to his form group of 25 secondary school boys. Huzzah! He was in luck....

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Tes focus on… Direct instruction

Despite a reputation for being authoritarian, this method is evidence-based and versatile, according to Paul Kirschner. He tells Simon Creasey why every teacher should use it – and probably already...

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Using light-bulb moments to power GCSE success

‘Threshold concepts’ are the troublesome ideas that once understood can unlock students’ understanding. Niki Kaiser attempts to put this theory into practice in the hope of producing more eureka...

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What it’s like to teach in…Toulouse

In French society, there’s a misguided perception about teachers. For every six or seven weeks of school, we get a two-week holiday, as well as getting a long summer vacation – people see teaching as...

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