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MTC Guide

Table of Contents 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

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Tips on Classroom Displays

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

Teaching Symmetry
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Symmetry – Activities for your Class

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

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Using Lego to Teach About Fractions

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.

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Impostor Syndrome as a Teacher

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

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Maths Mastery in China by Someone from China

As a result of the PISA tables, China & Singapore are regarded as leading countries for teaching mathematics. The “Maths Mastery” approach introduced to UK schools over the last decade

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Does Homework Work?

Homework is a rite of passage for children, parents and teachers. Children must dutifully do it, parents must dutifully check to ensure the homework is done; and teachers must dutifully

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Tips for Teaching Measurements

There are many different aspects of Measurement that are covered in the national curriculum: dimensions, weight, time, temperature, and volume. Measurements can be a fantastic, fun and involving way to

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4 Tips for Headteacher Interviews

Becoming a headteacher is the dream for many teachers. It is a huge step for some teachers, but enticing for those of you who want to have more power &

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Marking in Schools – What’s right or wrong?

“Effective marking is an essential part of the education process. At its heart, it is an interaction between teacher and pupil: a way of acknowledging pupils’ work, checking the outcomes and making decisions about what teachers and pupils need to do next, with the primary aim of driving pupil progress. This can often be achieved without extensive
written dialogue or comments.”

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Introducing Statistics in Primary Schools

Statistics can be the basis of really great practical lessons in maths where students can get their hands dirty. It’s arguably the easiest way to show an example of maths

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Games-Based Learning or Gamification? What Are They?

There’s some confusion between games-based learning and gamification because, quite frankly in modern parlance, they mean pretty much the same thing. Pedagogically wise there is subtle difference between the two

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Teaching Times Tables

Learning the times tables is a vital skill and one that will shortly be tested by the Multiplication Tables Check. Before I get into trouble – learning here includes understanding

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BETT 2019 – Review & Tips

Excel Docklands is one of the two largest ICT education shows in the world (along with ISTE). It is held in London every year in January and is preceded by

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An Introduction to Gifted and Talented

Schools in the UK are obliged to meet the needs of all their pupils but what if you believe that your child is unusually intelligent? In England the Department of

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Competitive Learning – Is it good for all?

Competition may be one of the most contentious and misunderstood topics in education. Should our students compete? What about collaboration? Doesn’t competition create winners and losers?. Collaboration or Competition One

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Critical Pedagogy – What is it?

Critical pedagogy is becoming more and more discussed by teachers. But what is it? According to the academia, critical pedagogy is a “philosophy of education that has developed and applied

Lego fractions
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Introducing Fractions

Fractions are not only a key part of the National Curriculum, but it is a fundamental part of being numerate. As always simple concepts can be the most difficult for

Butterfly Fractions
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Butterfly Fractions

Fractions can be very difficult to teach. Tricks like the Butterfly Technique have been taught in schools for decades, if not longer. But should they? The Butterfly Technique The butterfly

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Edu-Tweeters for Primary School Teachers

So who should a primary school teacher follow on twitter? There are of course thousands of great edu-tweeters out there, some with huge following some and well known and some

Grammar Resource for primary schools & key stage 2
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Make It Fun: Ideas on Teaching Prefixes

Grammar can be a dry subject for both teachers and students. Yet it is on the national curriculum and fundamental knowledge students need. So teachers sometimes need to be extra

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