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(Date posted: 27/05/2021)
You know that a coaching leadership style can be highly effective but applying that approach? That’s another matter. Find out about a quick solution in our blog ‘Speed Coaching’
(Date posted: 14/05/2021)
Where can you find governors with a business background and is it worth the effort?
(Date posted: 30/04/2021)
Fascinated by the findings of the EEF Toolkit, but unsure about how to build practitioner research into your school’s practice?
(Date posted: 24/04/2021)
From September 2021 the Early Career Framework (ECF) replaces NQT statutory Induction and sets out what Early Career Teachers (ECTs).
(Date posted: 06/04/2021)
A reflection on the return to the physical classroom. I have never been so happy to put on my lanyard and return to school.
(Date posted: 25/03/2021)
This blog was written by Emily from Highly Sprung Performance. Highly Sprung have a new digital and remote creative offer for schools.
(Date posted: 18/03/2021)
A look at the new system of National Professional Qualifications for Teachers and Leaders due to be announced soon.
(Date posted: 26/02/2021)
How is a mid-career teacher defined? How can we retain and motivate these highly valued teachers?
(Date posted: 18/02/2021)
The Sutton Trust provides stark reading in it’s latest report on Learning in Lockdown. Read more about the attainment gap in our blog.
(Date posted: 21/01/2021)
What place do the creative arts have in education as we transition to the new, old normal? Taking Samantha Price’s clarion call of 2018 our latest blog considers the reasons why the creative arts need to be re-examined.
(Date posted: 15/01/2021)
A summary of the changes to the NQT Induction, coming into place in September 2021.
(Date posted: 07/01/2021)
Education has always been hectic, the pressure to perform leads to an inward focus, a ‘just get it done’ mentality’.
(Date posted: 10/12/2020)
At the invitation of the Fulcrum Learning directors, I offer my personal reflection as a returning teacher.
(Date posted: 27/11/2020)
So many positive interactions are able to take place when we consider carefully our methods of communication with our colleagues, our pupils and their caregivers.
(Date posted: 19/11/2020)
In all subjects, we are teachers of numeracy. As well as planning it in, have a go at making these skills an embedded part of your practice. Numeracy is for life, not just for maths lessons.
(Date posted: 03/11/2020)
Teachers are now teaching from behind the line, whether a literal line on the floor or a metaphorical line in their minds. How can we adapt our AFL practices under these circumstances and still accurately track learning?
(Date posted: 24/08/2020)
As the summer break draws to a close, we prepare to begin the new academic year next week.
(Date posted: 20/07/2020)
As the academic year draws to a close, we have a valuable opportunity to consider what has changed.
(Date posted: 22/06/2020)
The action learning meetings are hosted online with an experienced facilitator leading the group.
(Date posted: 15/06/2020)
Laurie Smith, highly experienced teacher and visiting lecturer at King’s College, London, has written a detailed article exploring what can be learned from the catch-up programme instituted in Israel in the 50s and 60s.
(Date posted: 05/06/2020)
In a profession without standard working hours under usual circumstances, it is even more crucial during these challenging times that we ensure we and our colleagues are able to observe home and work life boundaries.
(Date posted: 06/05/2020)
wo people are picnicking by a river on a beautiful day. Suddenly, one of them sees a child being carried down the river and crying out for help. They jump in to rescue the child and pull them to safety
(Date posted: 24/04/2020)
How can you ensure that you are ready to apply and interview online?
(Date posted: 16/03/2020)
In a time of such unprecedented confusion and worry, it is vital that we turn our attention outwards and ensure that we are fostering the characteristics of service, patience and compassion within our communities.
(Date posted: 02/03/2020)
How can we get the best out of our designated meeting times?
(Date posted: 07/02/2020)
Time is a commodity most of us feel is often in short supply! How can we make the most of the hours in the day to allow for effective work, home and personal lives?
(Date posted: 12/12/2019)
How can we ensure that the homework tasks we are setting are meaningful and beneficial to all involved?
(Date posted: 03/12/2019)
As the Christmas break approaches and a third of the academic year is nearly complete, we have a wonderful opportunity to reflect, review and renew.
(Date posted: 29/11/2019)
A school community is built by its people. In this blog we explore one possible way of providing support to each other by making concrete offers of help.
(Date posted: 15/11/2019)
A short explanation of key ideas
(Date posted: 08/11/2019)
In this series of blogs, we will explore the concept of coaching and how it could be used effectively in an education setting. The first in the series, today’s post explores the basics of coaching.
(Date posted: 26/09/2019)
Just as the adage goes ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, so it takes a whole school to train a teacher.
(Date posted: 13/09/2019)
Whether you’re new to mentoring, returning after a break or a regular, you are providing a valuable, crucial and career-changing service to the newest members of our profession.
(Date posted: 30/08/2019)
As the new term approaches, start as positively as possible with a clear approach to planning and organising your year.
(Date posted: 09/08/2019)
We’re not going mad - we know the summer started a few weeks ago! But we also know that summer is an endless opportunity for refreshment, reinvigoration and reinvention.
(Date posted: 23/07/2019)
Here in East Sussex, we are lucky to have on our doorstep the famous ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, home to much-loved children’s characters Winnie the Pooh and friends. The timeless wisdom of their author, A A Milne crosses eras and generations.
(Date posted: 09/07/2019)
So you’re nearing the end of your training - well done! One huge task is very nearly complete. The next stage of the adventure is your NQT year; as those who have been there, we have put together a non-exhaustive list of advice to help you prepare.
(Date posted: 21/06/2019)
Part 2 of our summary of IMPACT magazine's January 2019 edition on understanding the impact of technology. In Part 2, we summarise the articles focused on ‘Technology to support teaching and learning’
(Date posted: 23/05/2019)
Whatever your reasons may be for leaving your current place of work, you deserve a dignified exit. Plan your exit strategy carefully to make that happen.
(Date posted: 21/05/2019)
Whether you’re moving on, moving up or looking for your first teaching post, the application and interview process can feel equally exciting and challenging. We’ve pulled together our best advice as you begin (or continue this process). Good luck!
(Date posted: 07/05/2019)
January’s edition of IMPACT from The Chartered College of Teaching was tech-themed. We’ve read it (in case you didn’t have time!) and you can find our ‘takeaway messages’ in our series of upcoming blogs. Part 1- Understanding the impact of techn
(Date posted: 18/04/2019)
We’ve put together our top tips for teachers to help make the revision process more manageable!
(Date posted: 02/04/2019)
‘Reflection’ is also a word we hear regularly in training and professional literature
(Date posted: 15/03/2019)
5 ‘quick wins’ for you to help improve your pupils’ vocabulary
(Date posted: 01/03/2019)
We bet you could count on one hand the assemblies you’ve experienced that have had a lasting, positive impact on you - both as a child and as a school professional! We all want our assemblies to be engaging and meaningful - but where to start?
(Date posted: 21/02/2019)
In his best-selling book, Stephen R. Covey outlines seven steps towards personal change and growth and helps us understand the difference between our circles of concern and our circles of influence helping our well-being, reactions & productivity.
(Date posted: 10/02/2019)
What's the real meaning of knowledge?
(Date posted: 22/01/2019)
Do you have a strategy for success this term? How do you approach the month with possibly of the worst media reputation? Does January have to deserve it’s ‘blue’ status, or can you make it another, more energising colour?
(Date posted: 09/01/2019)
Looking at a local Early Years transition research project.
(Date posted: 30/11/2018)
Can a school really be judged by a one or two-word label?
(Date posted: 20/11/2018)
Is searching for what works in schools a wild goose chase?
(Date posted: 07/11/2018)
Is knowledge always power?
(Date posted: 30/10/2018)
Creating CPD around mental and physical health to equip and support our NQTs.
(Date posted: 11/10/2018)
In charge of interventions for your department? New to the job or looking for an overhaul? Before you put anything in place, consider carefully the desired outcomes and don’t be afraid to be a bit creative!
(Date posted: 28/09/2018)
How can you be mindful of recognised attainment and progress gaps without becoming overwhelmed by them?
(Date posted: 20/09/2018)
Have you stopped to consider that your staff and colleagues are looking to your example just as much as your pupils?
(Date posted: 12/09/2018)
Don’t survive your NQT year - smash it!
(Date posted: 30/08/2018)
Being a successful form tutor when it’s ‘not your thing’
(Date posted: 26/06/2018)
Helping 'those' students to revise...
(Date posted: 09/06/2018)
Categorising student teachers to better support them
(Date posted: 09/04/2018)
Book review of The Art of Standing Out: School Transformation, to Greatness and Beyond by Andrew Morrish
(Date posted: 20/03/2018)
There are many ways to communicate and only a few that are appropriate for any given activity...
(Date posted: 13/03/2018)
A look at research into the role of neuroscience in the classroom
(Date posted: 08/03/2018)
Four rules for developing teacher research as a school improvement strategy
(Date posted: 20/02/2018)
Tips on becoming a happier & more effective teacher
(Date posted: 06/02/2018)
Four key considerations that enhance the effectiveness of leadership coaching
(Date posted: 25/01/2018)
Using Twitter as a school leader.
(Date posted: 14/01/2018)
Research from Loughborough University into the pressures of the trainee year.
(Date posted: 11/12/2017)
Research demonstrates the significance of SEL for teachers as well as students.
(Date posted: 27/11/2017)
The power of asking for help
Multitasking has its place but sequential thinking is better
(Date posted: 20/11/2017)
International research showing the link between time management systems and wellbeing.
(Date posted: 14/11/2017)
Why wellbeing matters for all in the school community.
(Date posted: 27/10/2017)
Let your sub-conscious take the strain when it comes to creativity.
Is quiet better than music if you really want to focus?
(Date posted: 16/10/2017)
In a crisis situation we learn that we can delegate more effecively.
(Date posted: 06/10/2017)
Time to take the ego out of the list
(Date posted: 24/09/2017)
How should data be used in the current education system?
(Date posted: 18/09/2017)
Just two factors may decided how we are assessed as credible educators.
(Date posted: 07/09/2017)
Using experimentation to increase performance.
(Date posted: 04/09/2017)
To lead effectively in education you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.
(Date posted: 22/08/2017)
Early September is a great time to prepare for the busy months ahead.
(Date posted: 24/07/2017)
The power of the arts to be subversive in countering a prevailing approach to education.
(Date posted: 17/07/2017)
The multiple and exciting challanges facing teaching schools.
(Date posted: 30/06/2017)
Coach, mentor or instructor? What do we need to achieve our very best performance?
(Date posted: 19/06/2017)
Three reasons to contradict the prevailing paradigm surounding teachers as reseachers.
(Date posted: 12/06/2017)
Sometimes that toughest decisions are not the ones that you expect.
(Date posted: 05/06/2017)
Repeating what we are shown is not always the best route to learning.
(Date posted: 21/05/2017)
School leaders can develop a more imaginative approach to succeed.
(Date posted: 14/05/2017)
The power of tenacity can overcome many obstacles in school leadership.
(Date posted: 07/05/2017)
How to develop and sustain resilience in the face of challenge.
(Date posted: 01/05/2017)
Not every young person fits in to the 20 or 80. The challenge for school leaders is to recognize that.
(Date posted: 24/04/2017)
The use of mobile technology is rapidly changing the life experiences of very young children. What are the consequences?
(Date posted: 18/04/2017)
The benefits of reflection in professional development.
(Date posted: 27/03/2017)
Critical listening supports leaders by focusing on evaluation.
(Date posted: 20/03/2017)
Why do we drift off when we should be paying attention?
(Date posted: 13/03/2017)
Internal dialogue can be a powerful shaping force in dealing with problem situations.
(Date posted: 06/03/2017)
Relationship listening builds better professional and personal relationships.
(Date posted: 21/02/2017)
A quick coaching technique that works content free.
(Date posted: 20/02/2017)
Moving a coachee on to describing a key incident or feature without provoking confrontation.
(Date posted: 13/02/2017)
Asking the right challenging questions as a coach to produce productive outcomes.
(Date posted: 04/02/2017)
Identifying the situations where mentoring should be taking place, rather than coaching.
(Date posted: 30/01/2017)
A selection and sorting activity to help coaches to define what they need to be and do in order to be outstanding.
(Date posted: 23/01/2017)
A simple formula to guide clear coaching language.
(Date posted: 16/01/2017)
What are the key principles that should drive all successful coaching?
(Date posted: 09/01/2017)
Learning lessons about effective coaching by considering what prevents it from happening.
(Date posted: 19/12/2016)
A three stage toolkit to define activities that work on core business.
(Date posted: 12/12/2016)
Thinking of possibilities in a multi-dimensional sense prevents accepted practice from continuing unquestioned.
(Date posted: 05/12/2016)
Appreciative coaching moves a coachee from learned helplessness to empowerment through open, enquiring questions.
(Date posted: 28/11/2016)
lessons from failing schools.
(Date posted: 22/11/2016)
Analysing the authority and power of team members to understand how best to work with them.
(Date posted: 14/11/2016)
Strategies for becoming more efficient and more effective too.
(Date posted: 07/11/2016)
Be sharper and more focused by becoming a cognitive miser.
(Date posted: 16/10/2016)
Review of The Power of Nice by Thaler and Koval.
(Date posted: 11/10/2016)
The differential between speed of thought and speed of speech can be a vital feature of effective leadership.
(Date posted: 03/10/2016)
Learning how to stop adopting monkeys is a key feature of a coaching culture.
(Date posted: 26/09/2016)
Twenty books every school leader should read.
(Date posted: 19/09/2016)
What are the lessons that we can learn from the primary school tests of 2016?
(Date posted: 12/09/2016)
The application of clean language to marking in the light reforms.
(Date posted: 05/09/2016)
The 2016 primary test results show London achieving above the regions. What do we need to learn from that?
(Date posted: 29/08/2016)
A quick guide to the best four probing questions in coaching.
(Date posted: 01/08/2016)
The questions every good coach should be asking.
(Date posted: 25/07/2016)
Six wrong steps that move coaching into mentoring.
(Date posted: 17/07/2016)
Why is coaching such a powerful tool?
(Date posted: 12/07/2016)
Coaching is a widely used term. This article considers the four key features that define coaching in a modern context.
(Date posted: 04/07/2016)
The pressures and demands of modern life create aunique need for everyone to have a good coach.
(Date posted: 27/06/2016)
Making the most of the Summer holidays can gain your child as much a week of learning with ease.
(Date posted: 13/06/2016)
'I always say yes' is a phrase that can suggest an inability to be selective, or to say no. The same word can also by your best tool for making the right choices.
(Date posted: 07/06/2016)
A guide to the best questions and techniques to be an effective coach to your child's education.
(Date posted: 23/05/2016)
There are some simple, easy to take steps that every parent can take in order to ensure that their child has the best possible transition to secondary school.
(Date posted: 16/05/2016)
Belbin's model provides a tool for thinking about your participation or leadership of a team in different ways.
(Date posted: 09/05/2016)
A summary of two key presentions from the May 2016 SSAT teaching school conference.
(Date posted: 02/05/2016)
When most people listen to another person they are only 60% attentive. We all do it and we all know it. That's why we particularly value the person who gives us their undivided attention. Learn six steps to being a truly attentive listener.
(Date posted: 25/04/2016)
There are seven steps to telling a great story. Use them to build a better team, improve learning and get your message over.
(Date posted: 18/04/2016)
Strong descriptive language for problems creates a mind block that can prevent an effective solution being found. Here are three simple questions to support problem solving.
(Date posted: 11/04/2016)
We can all develop limiting self-beliefs. These can be challenged and changed in a simple, five step process.
(Date posted: 04/04/2016)
The College of Teaching is set to play a major role in the revolution of practice and systems sweeping across education in England between now and 2020.
(Date posted: 29/03/2016)
How to use your Reticular Activating System to you best advantage.
(Date posted: 21/03/2016)
Dealling with challenge and uncertainty through collaboration and cooperation.
(Date posted: 14/03/2016)
Creativity is not a 'set from birth' thing. We can all practice techniques to grow our own creativity.
(Date posted: 07/03/2016)
Good training facilitation is not an automatic consequence of knowing your stuff. Credibility is worthless as a facilitator if you haven't considered the needs of your participants.
(Date posted: 29/02/2016)
The key points from a presentation about the benefits of Teaching School collaboration, to the Sussex Research Network.
(Date posted: 22/02/2016)
The presuppositions that we use to assess everyday incidents can have a powerful effect on our response to them and the eventual outcomes.
(Date posted: 08/02/2016)
Carl Rogers laid down a simple principle for positive psychologies that applies very well in dealing with colleagues or students.
(Date posted: 01/02/2016)
In dealing with students or colleagues there are sometimes 'difficult' conversations. Spatial anchoring offers a technique that can help to turn difficult into productive.
(Date posted: 25/01/2016)
What are the factors that generate credibility in the classroom? How can they be acquired?
(Date posted: 18/01/2016)
The next five years are likely to be ones of rapid and deep change in education. Is this something to be feared or celebrated?
(Date posted: 11/01/2016)
Findings from Childline indicate that the primary causes of distress for young people have changed over the last thirty years.
(Date posted: 04/01/2016)
Achieveing effective long-term change through the application of small, daily alterations.
(Date posted: 29/12/2015)
Why do we still have low impact, awayday CPD?
(Date posted: 22/12/2015)
Trust is identified as a key aspect of Hargreaves self-improvement model. There are many benefits but potential risks too.
(Date posted: 15/12/2015)
A summary of David Hargreaves (2012) article for the National College for School Leadership
(Date posted: 08/12/2015)
The mission statement of a school carries weight in it's words, the process of their creation and how they are implemented.
(Date posted: 30/11/2015)
A Harvard Business Review article challenges all leaders to reimagine their approach to appraisal, to the benefit of the individual and the organisation.
(Date posted: 23/11/2015)
Education, leadership, profession qualifications', 'We are too quiet and too easily put down about the value of an education in England and Wales.
Education, learning, literacy, public libraries, schools, The role of the public library is vital in developing a love of learning, encouraging literacy and supporting families across the UK.
An examplar policy to help embed the delivery of British values in the culture of a primary school.
(Date posted: 16/11/2015)
British values, tolerance and democracy. The Paris attacks vividly demonstrate the reasons why these have to be an embedded part of every learning community.
(Date posted: 18/08/2015)
Changing your pedagogy can be powerfully facilitated by the experience of watching your own practice.
(Date posted: 10/08/2015)
Study by Professor Andrew Hill points to the adverse impact of friends from the opposite sex of grades in education.
(Date posted: 04/08/2015)
Situational Leadership II promotes a nuanced approach to the leadership of a team within the context of the One Minute Manager paradigm.
(Date posted: 30/07/2015)
Does the list of top 100 primary school reads represent a teacher-driven fiction or a reality about modern childhood?
(Date posted: 20/07/2015)
Growth mindset has become a popular label but how many people grasp the implications of the concept?
(Date posted: 12/07/2015)
The impact of the Sussex Research Network extends far beyond the business card exchange model.
(Date posted: 01/07/2015)
Thinking of transition for all of our learners may provide the key to quick momentum in the new academic year.
(Date posted: 26/06/2015)
Education can be littered with codified language that baffles and bemuses, despite very good intentions.
(Date posted: 16/06/2015)
HRAEN perspectives provide a powerful counter balance to the notion of a narrow curriculum that diminishes the value of culture in education.
(Date posted: 11/06/2015)
Establishing effective ground rules for parents to understand how to communicate with their child's class teacher in primary school.
(Date posted: 01/06/2015)
Using the Marvellous Me app to strengthen and develop the daily dialogue that reinforces learning.
(Date posted: 27/05/2015)
Use the techniques of The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey to have a focused and successful start to term.
(Date posted: 18/05/2015)
How is the education landscape changing as the implications of learning without levels are felt?
(Date posted: 11/05/2015)
Examination success doesn't happen in the classroom alone. It's about accrued marginal gains and that means more effective parental engagement.
(Date posted: 05/05/2015)
How, why and when are assessments conducted? The prospects are many and varied but the answers are few and far between.
(Date posted: 30/04/2015)
A summary of the main points of The Guardian Teacher Network online discussion about parental engagement.
(Date posted: 20/04/2015)
Action learning provides a flexible, credible vehicle for professional development. Its heyday was the 1990's but changes in technology and the growth of school-led improvement should prompt a re-evaluation.
(Date posted: 15/04/2015)
The emphasis on leadership in education can leave many essential skills to learning on the job because learning management skills is unfashionable.
(Date posted: 10/04/2015)
Labour pledge careers advice for all. Shouldn't that be a given? What are the standards for CIAG and how has it fared in the last five years?
(Date posted: 01/04/2015)
Considerations about the role of academies in the context of education reform.
(Date posted: 26/03/2015)
Recommendations from the Carter review are being taken up by the Teaching School Council
(Date posted: 24/03/2015)
A new initiative by Teach First aims to address the issues raised by a poll that shows the lack of confidence that many parents feel about mathematics.
(Date posted: 16/03/2015)
Research shows an increase in conscientiousness in students. What are the reasons for that development?
(Date posted: 12/03/2015)
Summary of the main issues identified in the Carter Review of ITT provision.
(Date posted: 03/03/2015)
Report from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue stresses the importance of education as a holistic exercise.
(Date posted: 23/02/2015)
What is the role for school and home in developing creativity?
(Date posted: 10/02/2015)
Should parents be encouraged to spy on their children's internet activity? Technology offers new insights.
(Date posted: 06/02/2015)
New research indicates link between writing and improved reading.
(Date posted: 17/01/2015)
IGCSE not to be included in English schools performance measures.
(Date posted: 12/01/2015)
The latest report from a Longitudinal Study of Young People
in England by the Department for Education contains some heartening news for
(Date posted: 10/01/2015)
Parental awareness of the impact of early learning.
(Date posted: 11/12/2014)
Finding solutions to learning problems
(Date posted: 27/11/2014)
Parents key to academic success