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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Back To School Before You Know It – Let’s Get Ready!

We know, the turkey is barely cold and it's technically Christmas, but they do say there's no time like the present (pun intended) to plan ahead. So how can you make the journey back to the classroom go more smoothly? Re-establish your routines In essence, the Christmas holidays represent one big combo breaker. You’ve been diligently sticking to your classroom rituals throughout the autumn term, only to have your carefully constructed routines smashed through by a lengthy holiday. Classroom routines are like riding a bike; you never forget, and you can always jump straight back on if you fall off. Reestablish your classroom...

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Pupil Premium Strategies #5 – Peer Tutoring

This is the fifth in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help. Previously, we discussed Parental Engagement.  In this strategy, students themselves work to support each other in learning. A common example is an older pupil supporting a younger one with a particular subject area in which the former excels. Peer tutoring is backed up by extensive research and anecdotal evidence; it involves students themselves taking ownership of their learning experience by supporting their fellow students’ learning outcomes. Across both primary and secondary schools, peer tutoring...

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SPC Investigation: Paper Vs Digital – Why Not Both?

This is the first in an ongoing series of blogs and reports that will examine the use of paper planners in schools in a world that is increasingly driven by digital. It’s been happening for a fair few years now; the digital world integrating into our everyday lives to the point we can do even the most mundane of things with a computer or mobile device. Do the food shopping. Book an appointment with the doctor. Shop for insurance. Look at a photo album. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the digital world has also made its way into the...

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Pupil Premium Strategies #4 – Parental Engagement

This is the fourth in a series of blogs giving an overview of research-proven strategies that schools can adopt when budgeting their pupil premium – and how we can help. Previously, we discussed Collaborative Learning.  Parental engagement, perhaps not surprisingly, has been found to be most effective when it is implemented in early education and deeper involvement is often easier to achieve with parents of very young children. Research shows that parental involvement is most successful when it is implemented based on existing evidence. As with metacognition and collaborative learning, it is considered one of the lower cost strategies that has a decent level of...

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