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Author archives: Toby Lester

Creative Solutions to the Plastic-Free Classroom

Plastic. It’s the dirty word nobody wants to hear. Whatever we do in our day-to-day lives, from public transport to the very food we eat, plastic is everywhere. While we may not have been aware of the dangers of plastics while growing up, the current generation of children are more in-touch with the dangers of pollution than any preceding it. This is largely attributed to David Attenborough’s work with Blue Planet II, but there’s also increasing societal pressure to find a solution to this problem – pressure that was made clear by the introduction of the supermarket carrier bag tariff....

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Summer Holiday Relaxation Tips for Teachers

Congratulations! You’ve made it through another year. Now put down that box of books, stow away your green and purple pens, and take a deep breath. It’s difficult to disengage as a teacher. You’re so used to being in “I have too much marking” mode, it becomes normal. However, working in one of the world’s most stressful professions, it’s important that you take some time out for yourself and relax....

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Dealing With SEMH Issues in the Classroom

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) issues have become the proverbial elephant in the classroom, and are now recognised in the 2014 SEND Code of Practice. It’s vitally important to notice these issues as they develop in children and to take action, as it can affect their education, future life prospects, and how they develop relationships and attitudes as they grow older....

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Securing Additional Teaching Pay with TLRs

It’s not just schools that have to look for additional funding these days; teachers also have to look for additional ways to augment their salary to make up this deficit. When you consider the stack of marking you crush through every night, you’re already working a second job – so that’s out of the question. Fortunately, as a classroom teacher, there are ways to boost your salary without breaking your back....

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