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Teaching Angles: 5 Activities for your Classroom

July 5th, 2019 / David

Teaching angles can be challenging with students seeming to grasp the idea one day and then lose it the next day. Below are a few activities I use to keep students' understanding of angles topped up. Door Angles Using strong white tape suitable for the floor, show the angles to which the door may be [...]
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MTC Guide

June 30th, 2019 / Glen

MTC Guide Overview With the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) coming in next June, we've put together a little MTC guide due to the complexity in setting the check up and some of the issues schools have encountered. Schools will administer an on-screen check to assess whether pupils are able to fluently recall their multiplication tables [...]
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Tips on Classroom Displays

June 19th, 2019 / Naomi

What Makes a Good Classroom Display? With students and teachers spending approximately 35 hours a week in the classroom, it makes sense to make it a comfortable and encouraging place for learning.  A good display not only brightens up a classroom but engages and informs.  It can promote a sense of ownership amongst students and [...]

The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium

June 5th, 2019 / Glen

What is the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-Up Premium? The Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium gives schools additional funding to support Year 7 pupils who did not achieve the expected standard (a scaled score of 100) in reading and/or maths at the end of primary school. What does a School Need to [...]
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Symmetry – Activities for your Class

May 30th, 2019 / Charlie

Understanding symmetry can sometimes be a challenge – especially for those children who are not “visual learners”-. To help, I am going to share 7 activities that you I have found useful in class. Names This is another one that can help make a lovely display. Ask your pupils to write their names on papers [...]
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SEN Funding by Abigail Hawkins from SENDCo Solutions

May 14th, 2019 / David

SEN Funding We all know schools are short of money in general, but there is particular confusion around SEN funding. I read many times (from parents): “If your child is on the SEN register the school gets £6000 they have to spend on them, demand it!” And equally as many times from SENCOS: “The LA [...]
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An Intro to Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Funding.

May 14th, 2019 / Charlie

Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) refers to students with learning disabilities or difficulties. It means that it is more challenging for them to learn than their peers. The disability or difficulty may be associated with with schoolwork, communication or behaviour. They might also have additional sensory or physical needs, that affect their performances in [...]
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How to deal with Angry, Difficult or Hostile Parents?

April 29th, 2019 / Glen

Angry, difficult and hostile parents. It seems that they are everywhere and almost unavoidable as a teacher these days. They are part of the job that can really increase stress and pressure. Inspired by a recording of a parent on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning, below are a few hints and tips we’ve gathered [...]

Using Lego to Teach About Fractions

April 18th, 2019 / Charlie

There are many ways that we can use Lego. As a “must-have” resource for schools nowadays, Lego is no longer just some pieces of toys; they can be used in demonstrating complicated spacial ideas or illustrating numeral and logical connections. In a few words, Lego is now becoming a teaching tool. Fractions, on the other [...]
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Impostor Syndrome as a Teacher

April 15th, 2019 / Glen

I believe Impostor Syndrome is becoming more and more prevalent in teachers today. It could be the lack of resources and support, strain in the system due to austerity or the increased accountability but more and more blogs and tweets are raising the issue. Below are a few tips that may help you overcome impostor [...]

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