The news in and around Teaching, CPD and Professional Development.
Twitter is a great tool for sharing resources, understanding what's going on in other settings and getting peer to peer opinion and advice as well as showcasing what you're doing. Lisa Pettifer, Head of Professional Development, SLE and Teaching School Coordinator at...read more
There's a common preconception that recording video in the classroom is a stressful and technical process with trailing cables and large cameras providing a distraction to the students. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. With Lessonbox all the “kit” is...read more
Cosmic Classroom - putting STEM in the spotlight Since the Principia mission launched at the end of 2015 and put British ESA astronaut Major Tim Peake on everyone's radar, it’s been notable that there’s been a gentle culture shift with more children engaging with...read more
There was lots about social media at last week's #BettShow. Social media marketing for education empowers organisations to reach and engage with existing and new students globally. The various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Pinterest offer...read more
There are a number of Ofsted myths that are being rebuked by Ofsted themselves this week. Since the overhaul of summer 2015, the first is about whether individual lessons are graded. Joanna Hall, Ofsted’s Deputy Director for schools explains in a bit more detail in...read more
There's something lovely about the new calendar year, with its promises of new beginnings, right when winter's at its darkest. For teachers, the longest term is over and they've got to know their students. The New Year brings careers resolutions for many - and the...read more
It’s unlikely it’s escaped your notice but there’s a new Star Wars movie coming. The first film Episode IV was released 38 years ago in and so there are plenty of teachers in schools today who have grown up with the George Lucas films as part of their childhood and...read more
Lesson observation is an integral part of CPD and being prepare on both sides of the process is the key to successful outcomes. As a teacher you’re looking to ensure that your lesson observation goes well. As a member of the SLT, this important part of CPD can take up...read more
It's AntiBullying Week and we've pulled together five win-win tactics to help beat bullying for all age groups. First of all, make sure you have a good policy. This is an essential starting point. Be sure that your school values are defined and displayed. Make it...read more
#Myth 2 - Being on camera is scary. Brilliant and inspirational things are happening up and down the UK on a daily basis and using a video recording system to capture this is a great way investing in your teaching and learning. But for some, the very thought of...read more
Myths about using Video #1 Is using video to help with CPD a waste of time? The old adage "every day’s a school day" is truer still for those who teach. Continuing professional development is not only an imperative for Ofsted but also an important part of every...read more
Essential resources for SENCOs Supporting pupils with special educational needs can be a very complex task. Guidance and best practice are regularly updated and overhauled so it can be tricky to stay on top of the current thinking. To make it easier, we've brought...read more
Lesson recording software in primaries Schools of all sizes and categories are using lesson recording systems to share best practice and help teachers review and improve their teaching. Using lesson recording software in primary schools however, comes with its own set...read more
Outstanding lessons are taking place up and down the country every single day but sharing these examples of great practice, even within the same school can be tricky. In-person lesson observations are one possibility but they require other teachers to leave their own...read more
How can you achieve "outstanding"? Getting the call from Ofsted can set off feelings of panic and dread for any headteacher or school leader. Cut out some of the stress by reading our practical tips about what's required for a Ofsted outstanding lesson and how to...read more
Information on video lesson observation systems Video lesson observation systems can be a very useful tool for CPD in schools. However, many teachers worry that the systems will disrupt their lessons and change the atmosphere in their classrooms. These fears are...read more
Primary Maths and Literacy App review With the use of tablets ever more popular, both in schools and homes, there are always new educational apps for teachers and pupils to use for play and learning. Here's five of our favourites on the Apple platform Converting...read more
Video Lesson Observations Lesson observation is an incredibly effective way for teachers to improve their own skills but it does have some drawbacks. Having another teacher in the room can change the atmosphere, making it difficult to observe an individual teacher's...read more
Ofsted changes 2015 – what you need to know Ofsted is planning to introduce some major changes to the way schools are inspected in September 2015. The changes are set out in full, and rather exhaustive, detail in the Better Inspections for all document, which is...read more
The challenge: Improving pupil behaviour The news is full of stories about deteriorating behaviour in schools up and down the country. Headteachers face the challenge of improving pupil behaviour in an age where social media, mobile phones and other gadgets mean that...read more
Video is a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning. Staff, students, leaders and parents can now engage with video in ways that were unattainable several years ago.
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