What NOT to do on A Level results day

What NOT to do on A Level results day

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When emotions are running high, it’s easy to panic or make the wrong joke. Here’s how to avoid putting your foot in it
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Can the cost of school uniform be lowered?

Can the cost of school uniform be lowered?

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It's the time of year when many parents are buying their children's school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper?
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New online course for teachers to help students with social media use

New online course for teachers to help students with social media use

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University of Birmingham project helps teachers understand effects of social media
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Could a dog be a schools best friend?

Could a dog be a schools best friend?

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Former Education Secretary Damian Hinds suggests “well-being” dogs to be present in all schools.
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Worrying statistics behind teacher recruitment and retention.

Worrying statistics behind teacher recruitment and retention.

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Worst schools staffing crisis in decades as new teachers quit in record numbers
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The Secret Teacher -Channel 4

The Secret Teacher -Channel 4

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In Channel 4's The Secret Teacher, a businessman goes undercover as classroom support - and is shocked by what he finds
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Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

Implementing a successful wellbeing strategy

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A wellbeing initiative needs to be measured carefully to assess its impact. Establishing what you’re trying to improve – and determining how you can measure this – can make the difference between a successful strategy and a waste of time and money.
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How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

How you can boost employee motivation on a budget

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WE ALL HAVE THOSE DAYS WHERE WE DREAD GOING INTO WORK IN THE MORNING.
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Plans for a British sign language GCSE unveiled

Plans for a British sign language GCSE unveiled

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A GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL) could be introduced in the UK before the next general election following a campaign by a deaf schoolboy.
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Fallen short? Clearing explained

Fallen short? Clearing explained

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Ahead of SQA results day, Dorothy MacGinty reassures students that - whatever their grades - there are always options
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Is school uniform necessary?

Is school uniform necessary?

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They're expensive and have no measurable effect on outcomes. So why persist with school uniforms, asks Bernard Trafford
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Made in Worksop- The rise of Joe Root

Made in Worksop- The rise of Joe Root

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Ten years on, Trevor Franse can still recall a schoolboy Joe Root unfurling a stunning, match-winning shot as if it happened yesterday
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Careers advice available after exam results

Careers advice available after exam results

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An online careers support service has been launched in anticipation of young people receiving their exam results in Scotland.
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How to spot a teacher on holiday

How to spot a teacher on holiday

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Think you're blending in with the rest of the crowd on holiday? Think again - a teacher is always easy to spot
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Enjoy the holiday- forget school ( and the kids )

Enjoy the holiday- forget school ( and the kids )

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Why can't teachers just enjoy the long summer school holiday without feeling guilty about it, asks David James
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4 weird ways teaching can change your life.

4 weird ways teaching can change your life.

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This job can shape you in ways that are beautiful, inspiring and – sometimes – pretty darn strange, says Haili Hughes
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Why are British school lunches still so unhealthy?

Why are British school lunches still so unhealthy?

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There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20 countries for obesity levels. In the UK, the obesity rate for children doubles during primary school years – and then increases again in secondary school.
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Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

Gavin Williamson: 9 facts about the new education secretary

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Gavin Williamson has been announced as the new education secretary, in Boris Johnson’s first cabinet line-up.
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What will the new PM mean for schools and will Damian Hinds survive?

What will the new PM mean for schools and will Damian Hinds survive?

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The Policy Exchange think tank has called on the next prime minister to continue support for a knowledge-based curriculum, reduce early years’ class sizes and make new T-levels compatible with A-levels.
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Keep kids active during the summer holidays

Keep kids active during the summer holidays

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Number of overweight children rises by a fifth because of lazy summer holidays spent staring at screens
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Teachers need to be protected from aggressive parents says Ofsted

Teachers need to be protected from aggressive parents says Ofsted

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Children are modelling their parents’ ‘abusive’ manner, Ofsted report reveals
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Ofsted: Who guards the guards?

Ofsted: Who guards the guards?

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Teachers spend bulk of hours spent on marking, planning and preparing for inspections
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Changes (Turn and face the strange).

Changes (Turn and face the strange).

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Have the reforms of the past 30 years improved educational outcomes?
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House buying for teachers in the UK

House buying for teachers in the UK

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Teachers are in high demand across the UK as the student population rises and a skills shortage gives them freedom to pick and choose where they work
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The Six Weeks of Summer

The Six Weeks of Summer

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Without question, the first phase most teachers reach is a sigh of relief! Why? Well, imagine working 60-hour weeks for 38 weeks and still not being on top of your to-do list!
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Australia leading the way on bringing wellbeing into the classroom

Australia leading the way on bringing wellbeing into the classroom

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“The classes were pretty quiet to begin with,” says teacher Edwina Ricci, who is leading a concerted push to introduce positive psychology in 27 schools across the Maroondah area.
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A parent’s guide to teenage parties

A parent’s guide to teenage parties

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The party scene is a much bigger part of teen life than it used to be. This not a puritanical comment: quite the opposite
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How “career changers” can be a staffroom addition

How “career changers” can be a staffroom addition

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I was a grizzled, senior lawyer. Now I teach history in south London
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Chinese students studying in the UK up 30%

Chinese students studying in the UK up 30%

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The number of Chinese students applying to British universities is up 30 per cent on last year, from 15,240 to 19,760. Meanwhile, applications from Northern Ireland are down by 4 per cent, from 19,310 to 18,520
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Over a quarter of teachers not ready for the new sex education lessons

Over a quarter of teachers not ready for the new sex education lessons

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Twenty-eight per cent of teachers believe their school is not ready to teach new relationships and sex education lessons, which become compulsory next year.
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Young people taking a gap year maybe more employable?

Young people taking a gap year maybe more employable?

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Could taking a gap year out of education boost the employability of young people?
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Schools in deprived areas struggling to recruit says Sutton Trust.

Schools in deprived areas struggling to recruit says Sutton Trust.

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One in five teachers said nothing would persuade them to apply for a job at a low-performing disadvantaged school, research says. State schools in deprived areas are more likely to struggle to fill teacher vacancies which has a knock-on effect on the quality of teaching that pupils receive, a report from Sutton Trust suggests
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“Childhood” under threat in the internet age warn leading experts

“Childhood” under threat in the internet age warn leading experts

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Experts have warned a “childhood crisis” is on the way as youngsters face unparalleled social pressures amid Government cuts to children’s services.
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Real wellbeing is not about yoga but dialogue and communication

Real wellbeing is not about yoga but dialogue and communication

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The Labour Party wants all government policy decisions to be gauged against people’s future health and wellbeing. The proposed Future Generations Wellbeing Act for England would, among other things, introduce a ‘health equality audit’ of government decisions.
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27 European travel destinations on a teachers budget

27 European travel destinations on a teachers budget

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There is no tired like teacher tired. Those of you who happen to be captain of the classroom, I’ve got your back with these 27 European travel destinations for teachers!
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What primary teachers say… and what they really mean

What primary teachers say… and what they really mean

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Education English is subtly different from the English everyone else speaks. Michael Tidd provides a glossary
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Mental health crisis for teachers highlighted in Scotland.

Mental health crisis for teachers highlighted in Scotland.

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Teachers face increasing stress levels but have 'little opportunity' to receive care or support for their mental health
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Gibb: Internationalist outlook post Brexit more important than ever

Gibb: Internationalist outlook post Brexit more important than ever

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Continuing to have an outward-looking education system is ‘more important than ever’, claims schools minister Nick Gibb
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Are tougher exams killing languages?

Are tougher exams killing languages?

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Revealed: teachers' concerns about the difficulty of new GCSE and A-level exams in modern foreign languages
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Asbestos reported in over 700 schools

Asbestos reported in over 700 schools

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Concerns Health and Safety Executive will struggle to carry out inspections needed
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Women’s world cup helps spark interest in Maths

Women’s world cup helps spark interest in Maths

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New maths challenge taps into excitement around the Women's World Cup and aims to help families see the fun in maths
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Government plans intervention to halt teachers leaving within 5 years of joining the profession

Government plans intervention to halt teachers leaving within 5 years of joining the profession

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The government is inviting training providers and schools to be part of developing the Early Career Framework for teachers
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Union claims impending crisis for supply teachers

Union claims impending crisis for supply teachers

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The National Education Union’s (NEU) latest survey of supply teachers shows that, despite a teacher shortage and the government’s efforts to regulate the supply teacher market, the majority of supply teachers are reporting lower levels of pay compared with previous years.
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Edtech helping students to cope with dyslexia

Edtech helping students to cope with dyslexia

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‘I love big words but I can spell barely any’: the tech that helps with dyslexia
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“The Edtech 50 demonstrated the power of edtech to support learners”

“The Edtech 50 demonstrated the power of edtech to support learners”

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There is a new energy behind edtech in schools and technology firms. And government is now coming on board, too
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Families need more awareness of food allergies experts claim

Families need more awareness of food allergies experts claim

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FAMILIES need to be educated about suffering a severe allergic reaction following the death of a schoolboy who had cheese thrown at him, experts have recommended. They have also called for places of worship and the NHS to work together to raise awareness of food allergies
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Not funny! – the worrying rise of the use of laughing gas by teens.

Not funny! – the worrying rise of the use of laughing gas by teens.

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Laughing gas cannisters littering primary school gates prompts calls for teens to listen up - before it's too late
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Teacher retention rates are worsening, and 7 other school workforce findings

Teacher retention rates are worsening, and 7 other school workforce findings

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The Department for Education has today published the latest school workforce census (November 2018). Schools Week has the key findings:
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8 things the government wants schools to teach about online safety

8 things the government wants schools to teach about online safety

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Schools have been urged to teach pupils about social media influencers, the dangers of online challenges, and how to spot fake news in new guidance for teaching online safety.
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School children must be taught about “different”, say Education Secretary

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School children must be taught about “different, strong and loving” families in the new relationship education lessons, Damian Hinds has said, in his strongest response yet to the Birmingham LGBT row.
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Excuse me sir, what do teachers do?

Excuse me sir, what do teachers do?

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I imagine that for many students this is a vexed question. As a teacher you are just that to them....
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“Schools can do more to protect teachers from burnout”

“Schools can do more to protect teachers from burnout”

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School leaders should be 'more mindful' about working conditions of teachers in order to help them ‘thrive not just survive,’ says new research
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Technology replacing books for bedtime stories

Technology replacing books for bedtime stories

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Busy parents are relying on smart speakers to tell children bedtime stories or are substituting storytime with videos
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Failing schools more likely to succeed under Local Authority control, new study claims

Failing schools more likely to succeed under Local Authority control, new study claims

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Schools with poor Ofsted grades were more likely to improve if they stayed under local authority control than if they converted to academies, a new analysis has found.
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Every school needs a staff wellbeing team- here’s how to start one

Every school needs a staff wellbeing team- here’s how to start one

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Prioritising staff happiness at work has led to a marked improvement in our school’s Ofsted grade – and a new harmony in the staffroom
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Ten tips for supporting wellbeing in your school

Ten tips for supporting wellbeing in your school

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Last month, Ark Conway Primary Academy in Hammersmith was awarded Gold in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index, which recognises excellence in commitment to staff wellbeing. Lois Osborne, Head of School, shares her top tips for promoting wellbeing in your school. Ark Conway’s approach to promoting mental health and wellbeing to its staff of around 30 people is based on the New Economics Foundation’s 'Five Ways to Wellbeing'.
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Supporting staff wellbeing: Heads Together

Supporting staff wellbeing: Heads Together

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Wellbeing is all about our holistic health, including the physical and emotional. When we have good levels of wellbeing we feel that life is in balance and that we can generally cope well. We feel motivated and engaged, we’re resilient and able to deal effectively with daily troubles, as well as ’bounce back’ from life’s challenges.
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A lesson in how careful teachers now have to be?

A lesson in how careful teachers now have to be?

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School asks pupils to vote for best-looking classmates
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Keynote speech from the recent Festival of Education at Wellington College

Keynote speech from the recent Festival of Education at Wellington College

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Lord Agnew spoke to attendees at the Festival of Education at Wellington College on 20 July, 2019. He delievered the following speech on behalf of Education Secretary Damian Hinds who was unable to attend:
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Education Secretary calls for “Fewer selfies, more reality” to protect children’s mental health

Education Secretary calls for “Fewer selfies, more reality” to protect children’s mental health

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Social media stars should do more to protect children by focusing less on selfies and more on reality, according to Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
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Ofsted chief warns about rise of intolerance in schools

Ofsted chief warns about rise of intolerance in schools

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Amanda Spielman says that the rise of “single issue groups” including vegan campaigners and anti-LGBT education protesters has meant that a “simplistic, polarising” narrative has formed
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Watchdog to review English exams system after A-level leak fears

Watchdog to review English exams system after A-level leak fears

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Edexcel to replace further maths paper pupils were due to sit later this week
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Teachers in England work the longest hours in Europe

Teachers in England work the longest hours in Europe

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Talis survey shows teachers in England working more than five years ago - and spend more time keeping order in class
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Protecting teachers from parents’ emails

Protecting teachers from parents’ emails

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Governors raise concerns that emails and WhatsApp messages from parents are one of the biggest problems for teachers
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Thousands of young people fear judgement of talking about mental health-report

Thousands of young people fear judgement of talking about mental health-report

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More than 5,000 responses were made to See Me Scotland’s Feels FM campaign, which found youngsters worry they will not be listened to.
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Anxiety is rife amongst teachers- here’s how it feels

Anxiety is rife amongst teachers- here’s how it feels

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It can be hard to tell if a colleague is suffering from anxiety. Jo Steer shares her first-hand experience of managing the condition
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Should you cover up your tattoos for school?

Should you cover up your tattoos for school?

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As body art becomes increasingly popular, tattooed teachers are coming up against school dress codes. But are the rules pandering to outdated stereotypes?
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The war on “like” in Yorkshire

The war on “like” in Yorkshire

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MPs launch inquiry following concerns oracy is ‘undervalued and overlooked within state education’
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Saying no to baseline testing.

Saying no to baseline testing.

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Inaccurate data and increased workload are among the reasons why this head of early years has shunned the baseline pilot
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Tips on how to retain staff in MATS.

Tips on how to retain staff in MATS.

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Crunching the data from seven years of School Workforce Census let us identify the best ways that trusts can support career progression, says David Carter
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Overcoming the teacher retention crisis

Overcoming the teacher retention crisis

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Stuart Hales, CEO of Wand Education, discusses how edtech can help schools hold on to their teachers
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International teachers struggle with poor pupil behaviour in English schools

International teachers struggle with poor pupil behaviour in English schools

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International teachers struggled to settle in English schools because of poor pupil behaviour and heavy workloads, a new government report has found.
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Why I’ve banned my daughter from watching Love Island

Why I’ve banned my daughter from watching Love Island

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The meaningless quest for perfectionism is toxic – we need to protect our children from a show that actively promotes it, writes Tes columnist Emma Kell
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One in five pupils misses out on first choice secondary

One in five pupils misses out on first choice secondary

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Pupils are less likely to get into their first choice secondary school than last year, as numbers applying for places rise
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One in four girls say they are not clever

One in four girls say they are not clever

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Low self-esteem affects even high-achieving children, study finds – and could affect performance if not tackled
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Put counsellors in schools, say 4 in 5 parents

Put counsellors in schools, say 4 in 5 parents

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School counselling can play a crucial role in tackling the mental health crisis, says professional association
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Cuts blamed as 9 in 10 parents of disabled children say they do not get enough support to care for them safely

Cuts blamed as 9 in 10 parents of disabled children say they do not get enough support to care for them safely

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Families have suicidal thoughts amid lack of help for vulnerable young people, say charities
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BGT finalist joins the hunt for Britian’s happiest schools

BGT finalist joins the hunt for Britian’s happiest schools

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Britain’s Got Talent star Dave McPartlin knows all about judge’s comments. Which is why the headteacher of Flakefleet Primary School has joined the search for the nation’s happiest children and schools by becoming a National Happiness Awards judge.
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Wellbeing: When ”I’m fine!” is far from the truth

Wellbeing: When ”I’m fine!” is far from the truth

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Teachers put on a brave face, but asking for help is a step towards better mental health, says Nikki Cunningham-Smith
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GCSEs: Are private tutors teachers’ friends or foes?

GCSEs: Are private tutors teachers’ friends or foes?

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It can feel like a slap in the face to find out a student is receiving private tuition, but that overlooks the benefits, says Laura Tsabet
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School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap

School asks BBC Children in Need to cover funding gap

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East London primary seeks charity’s help with pastoral care after budget cuts
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Give 16-year-olds more choice say employers

Give 16-year-olds more choice say employers

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Sixteen-year-olds in England should not be restricted to a choice of A-levels or T-levels, business leaders say.
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Teachers take off more than 50,000 days a week sick

Teachers take off more than 50,000 days a week sick

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A teaching union has accused supply agencies of 'creaming' money from schools through their high fees
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Teacher pay must rise with inflation says PM hopeful

Teacher pay must rise with inflation says PM hopeful

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Promise from Esther McVey comes as Sajid Javid proposes ‘multi-billion pound boost' for schools
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Ofsted must look at school funding, say heads

Ofsted must look at school funding, say heads

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School leader campaign groups say inspectors can't assess curriculum without taking school funding into account
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UK schools to receive mental health awareness training

UK schools to receive mental health awareness training

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As part of a government-funded drive to promote whole-school approaches to mental health, over 1,800 secondary schools and colleges across the country will receive free Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT)
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What constitutes good teacher training?

What constitutes good teacher training?

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When thinking about this subject it is hard not to hark back to your own experiences and see the whole...
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Three golden rules for supporting autistic pupils

Three golden rules for supporting autistic pupils

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We need to move beyond generalisations and bust some of the myths around autism, says this expert
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Wellbeing experts share top tips on living healthier and happier

Wellbeing experts share top tips on living healthier and happier

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Now in its eighth year, Global Wellness Day (GWD), on Saturday 8 June, will be celebrated in more than 130 countries and in over 5,000 different locations.
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One in four BAME people in Britain wants “name blind” university applications

One in four BAME people in Britain wants “name blind” university applications

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Majority say more effort needs to be made to boost diversity in higher education
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Is this the way forward for UK schools?

Is this the way forward for UK schools?

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Mexico City unveils gender-neutral school uniforms policy.
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A possible solution to the continued crisis in retaining STEM teachers

A possible solution to the continued crisis in retaining STEM teachers

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The government is offering cash incentives to maths and physics teachers to stay in the profession, but there could be a simpler, more exciting solution.
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Are cuts putting SEN pupils at risk?

Are cuts putting SEN pupils at risk?

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Cuts blamed as nine in 10 parents of disabled children say they do not get enough support to care for them safely.
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It smells like team spirit?

It smells like team spirit?

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What does it take to create a collective staff? This is an age-old concern of all management. How to create a collective and channelled purpose whilst not enforcing a stifling artificial culture. We have seen various incarnations over the years, organised team building, “you will have fun” nights out, instructions how to do it at Inset all which have not really transferred well from corporate culture to education.
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How to make surveys in schools effective in a few easy steps

How to make surveys in schools effective in a few easy steps

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However, the concept of surveying in schools remains relatively undeveloped. There have always been surveys, mainly to do with impending Ofsted visits or in times of relative pressure. But in todays fast paced, social media driven environment it is imperative to know what your influencers think and be able to respond effectively and appropriately.
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Teaching and Diversity- a very British story.

Teaching and Diversity- a very British story.

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Recent events at the Montenegro v England football fixture brought into sharp focus the strides we have taken as a nation in the 40 years and how important education has been in that process.
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In praise of…Teaching!

In praise of…Teaching!

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Whilst writing the last few blogs I have tried to, and probably failed to convey the condition of modern teaching as I see it. That can often be somewhat doom-ridden with daily reports of crisis, recruitment deficits, and a general atmosphere of malaise.
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Wellbeing a private or state matter?

Wellbeing a private or state matter?

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After qualifying from my PGCE I remember vividly the scramble for jobs around Easter and the constant surveying of the TES and the conversations surrounding schools, areas, relocation etc.
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Is there something missing in the Mental Health debate in Schools?

Is there something missing in the Mental Health debate in Schools?

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There has been some amazing work done in the increased awareness of mental health for children in the last 5 years. A cursory search on the net will bring up international, national, regional, local and school-based initiatives all aimed at increasing what we should know and what to about mental health issues relating to students.
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Ofsted and teacher wellbeing

Ofsted and teacher wellbeing

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The last few years have seen a seismic change in the official attitude to wellbeing and mindfulness.
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