Early Career Framework – actions for schools employing Early Career Teachers (ECTs)
(Date posted: 24/06/2021)
From September 2021 the Early Career Framework (ECF) replaces NQT statutory Induction. Here's everything you need to know...
(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’
Best placed to serve?
(Date posted: 14/05/2021)
Where can you find governors with a business background and is it worth the effort?
Making school-based research manageable
(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?
Early Career Framework - changes to statutory NQT Induction
(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).
Back to it
(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.
The Evolution of Hope
(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.
The Golden Thread of Development for Teachers
(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?
Learning in Lockdown - The Sutton Trust Report
(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.
Now more than ever? The arts in education.
(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.
Early Career Framework - proposed changes to statutory NQT Induction
(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’.
Clasping Shards of Light
(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.
AFL - How can we assess learning from our new vantage point?
(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?
Connection Before Correction
(Date posted: 24/08/2020)
As the summer break draws to a close, we prepare to begin the new academic year next week.
Reflection and Realignment
(Date posted: 20/07/2020)
As the academic year draws to a close, we have a valuable opportunity to consider what has changed.
A brief guide to action learning
(Date posted: 22/06/2020)
The action learning meetings are hosted online with an experienced facilitator leading the group.
Catching up after school closure - article summary
(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.
Setting time boundaries at home and at work
(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.
Problem-solving at the source
(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
Are you (online) application ready?
(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.
Making the most of meetings
(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?
Looking Ahead Positively
(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.
Making concrete offers
(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.
An Introduction to Coaching
(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.
Supporting NQTs as a non-mentor
(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.
“Beginning over again with the summer...”
(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.
The Life Lessons of ‘Winnie the Pooh’
(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.
Your NQT year - some non-exhaustive advice
(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.
Review: IMPACT magazine January 2019 PART 2: Technology to support teaching and learning
(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’
Are you application ready?
(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!
Review: IMPACT magazine January 2019 - Understanding the impact of technology
(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!
Reflection - a useful tool or a paper-pushing exercise?
(Date posted: 02/04/2019)
‘Reflection’ is also a word we hear regularly in training and professional literature
Closing the Vocabulary Gap
(Date posted: 15/03/2019)
5 ‘quick wins’ for you to help improve your pupils’ vocabulary
Making Assemblies Matter
(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?
Circles of concern and influence
(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.
A knowledge rich curriculum – should we be concerned?
(Date posted: 10/02/2019)
What's the real meaning of knowledge?
Change the colour of January
(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?
Taking small scale research broader and deeper.
(Date posted: 09/01/2019)
Looking at a local Early Years transition research project.
Is ‘good’ good enough?
(Date posted: 30/11/2018)
Can a school really be judged by a one or two-word label?
Silver bullets, golden eggs and treasure hunts
(Date posted: 20/11/2018)
Is searching for what works in schools a wild goose chase?
Will wellness solve teacher retention?
(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!
Mind the Gap
(Date posted: 28/09/2018)
How can you be mindful of recognised attainment and progress gaps without becoming overwhelmed by them?
Leading by Example
(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?
Three 'Top Tips' for Form tutors
(Date posted: 30/08/2018)
Being a successful form tutor when it’s ‘not your thing’
The three categories of student teacher
(Date posted: 09/06/2018)
Categorising student teachers to better support them
The Art of Standing Out
(Date posted: 09/04/2018)
Book review of The Art of Standing Out: School Transformation, to Greatness and Beyond by Andrew Morrish
What role is there for neuroscience in the classroom?
(Date posted: 13/03/2018)
A look at research into the role of neuroscience in the classroom
Making the most of practitioner research
(Date posted: 08/03/2018)
Four rules for developing teacher research as a school improvement strategy
8 habits of a happy teacher
(Date posted: 20/02/2018)
Tips on becoming a happier & more effective teacher
Making the most of all the education Twitter.
(Date posted: 25/01/2018)
Using Twitter as a school leader.
What a good mentor needs to know about trainees teachers.
(Date posted: 14/01/2018)
Research from Loughborough University into the pressures of the trainee year.
Well adjusted teachers equals well adjusted students
(Date posted: 11/12/2017)
Research demonstrates the significance of SEL for teachers as well as students.
Stress, time management systems and productivity.
(Date posted: 20/11/2017)
International research showing the link between time management systems and wellbeing.
Start, stop and start again to succeed in a big project.
(Date posted: 27/10/2017)
Let your sub-conscious take the strain when it comes to creativity.
The sounds of success?
(Date posted: 27/10/2017)
Is quiet better than music if you really want to focus?
Making best use of the first weeks.
(Date posted: 22/08/2017)
Early September is a great time to prepare for the busy months ahead.
Changing education with art.
(Date posted: 24/07/2017)
The power of the arts to be subversive in countering a prevailing approach to education.
Teaching Schools Ready for the Challenge.
(Date posted: 17/07/2017)
The multiple and exciting challanges facing teaching schools.
Teachers as researchers
(Date posted: 19/06/2017)
Three reasons to contradict the prevailing paradigm surounding teachers as reseachers.
The toughest decision?
(Date posted: 12/06/2017)
Sometimes that toughest decisions are not the ones that you expect.
Take the punches and keep coming back
(Date posted: 07/05/2017)
How to develop and sustain resilience in the face of challenge.
Defying Pareto's Principle
(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.
Is technology changing child development?
(Date posted: 24/04/2017)
The use of mobile technology is rapidly changing the life experiences of very young children. What are the consequences?
Sliding between conscious and unconscious competence.
(Date posted: 18/04/2017)
The benefits of reflection in professional development.
(Date posted: 16/01/2017)
What are the key principles that should drive all successful coaching?
Working on core business.
(Date posted: 19/12/2016)
A three stage toolkit to define activities that work on core business.
The joy of the cognitive miser.
(Date posted: 07/11/2016)
Be sharper and more focused by becoming a cognitive miser.
Primary School Tests
(Date posted: 19/09/2016)
What are the lessons that we can learn from the primary school tests of 2016?
Are you a clean marker?
(Date posted: 12/09/2016)
The application of clean language to marking in the light reforms.
What do we need to learn from London?
(Date posted: 05/09/2016)
The 2016 primary test results show London achieving above the regions. What do we need to learn from that?
You are the best coach for your child.
(Date posted: 07/06/2016)
A guide to the best questions and techniques to be an effective coach to your child's education.
Making the move to 'big school'
(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.
TSAs and MATs: here and now, plus a glimpse of the future.
(Date posted: 09/05/2016)
A summary of two key presentions from the May 2016 SSAT teaching school conference.
Join the revolution!
(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: 21/03/2016)
Dealling with challenge and uncertainty through collaboration and cooperation.
Meeting the right needs first.
(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.
Collaboration - a force multiplier
(Date posted: 29/02/2016)
The key points from a presentation about the benefits of Teaching School collaboration, to the Sussex Research Network.
Being credible in the classroom
(Date posted: 25/01/2016)
What are the factors that generate credibility in the classroom? How can they be acquired?
A self-improving system: the place for trust.
(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.
A self-improving school system.
(Date posted: 15/12/2015)
A summary of David Hargreaves (2012) article for the National College for School Leadership
What the mission statement says.
(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.
Proud of the brand
(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.
Securing British values
(Date posted: 23/11/2015)
An examplar policy to help embed the delivery of British values in the culture of a primary school.
Being watched as you change.
(Date posted: 18/08/2015)
Changing your pedagogy can be powerfully facilitated by the experience of watching your own practice.
Which direction does education point to?
(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.
All just a fiction?
(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?
Is that really a growth mindset?
(Date posted: 20/07/2015)
Growth mindset has become a popular label but how many people grasp the implications of the concept?
Learning for all
(Date posted: 12/07/2015)
The impact of the Sussex Research Network extends far beyond the business card exchange model.
On your marks, get set?
(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.
Hello Miss. Does and don'ts in primary teacher-parent communication.
(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.
What did you do in school today?
(Date posted: 01/06/2015)
Using the Marvellous Me app to strengthen and develop the daily dialogue that reinforces learning.
Start your term minus minkeys.
(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.
The price of freedom...?
(Date posted: 18/05/2015)
How is the education landscape changing as the implications of learning without levels are felt?
Getting the best from accrued marginal gains.
(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.
Not wither formal assessments but whither?
(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.
Making parental engagement work
(Date posted: 30/04/2015)
A summary of the main points of The Guardian Teacher Network online discussion about parental engagement.
Why is management a dirty word?
(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.
Academy chain performance.
(Date posted: 01/04/2015)
Considerations about the role of academies in the context of education reform.
The Future of Teacher Training
(Date posted: 26/03/2015)
Recommendations from the Carter review are being taken up by the Teaching School Council
Better maths grades? Help the parents.
(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.
Are all the routes into Teacher Training providing high quality trainees?
(Date posted: 12/03/2015)
Summary of the main issues identified in the Carter Review of ITT provision.
Education is more than exams.
(Date posted: 03/03/2015)
Report from the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue stresses the importance of education as a holistic exercise.
Are the arts being squeezed out of the school curriculum?
(Date posted: 23/02/2015)
What is the role for school and home in developing creativity?