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Organising Yourself and Your School for the New Year

It’s a brand new year, and it’s time to start thinking about new year’s resolutions. Amongst the usual commitments to eat less chocolate, exercise more often, and to finally finish your long-term project, consider adding an organisational spring clean. Thanks to her new Netflix show, the world is gripped in Marie Kondo’s KonMari method, a new organisational system for your home. If you’ve never heard of it, it involves splitting up your possessions into different categories and compartmentalising them according to their characteristics; the idea is to customise it to match you. Organising Your Classroom As humans, our mental state and drive are...

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Securing Additional Teaching Pay with TLRs

Average classroom teaching wages have received a £2,500 pay cut in real terms over seven years. Annual pay reviews haven’t risen at the same rate as inflation, and it’s leaving a lot of teaching staff underpaid and overworked. 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...

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Promoting Football in Schools Without a Budget

Health and wellbeing is a key issue in today’s schools, and its importance is supported by a wealth of pedagogical publications. Schools are turning towards health and wellbeing programmes to help them boost attainment and students’ grades, but without the proper funding, these attempts often fall short of the mark. Culturally, Britain is sport-obsessed, but this doesn’t always translate to a school environment. There’s no doubt that more can be done to address this, but how can we improve sports provision – and, in turn, student health and wellbeing – without breaking the budget? With the advent of the FIFA World Cup,...

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Supporting GCSE and BTEC Students Through Examination Stress

We spend so much time focusing on the outcome of examinations and students’ results, it’s easy to forget about the impact this is having on their mental health. In this country, 80% of young people believe that exam pressure has significantly impacted on their mental health. When you consider that three quarters of long-term mental health issues start in childhood, that’s indicative of a huge problem facing today’s youth. Recent and ongoing reforms to GCSE examinations are compounding the issue, and many pupils feel they are left in limbo by the confusion this has caused. Unfortunately, it looks like the situation...

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Five School Funding Grants You Should Know About

School pursestrings are getting tighter, and we’re all looking for alternative sources of funding. Fortunately, there are ways to raise non-statutory school income, whether by hiring out school premises or by hosting fundraising events. Grants and funding pools offer a handy third option. But which grants should you be looking for to supplement your school funding? Here’s a quick rollup of some of the funding schools can apply for that you may not have heard of:   Education Endowment Foundation The EEF provides funding for trial projects designed to raise attainment for 3-18 year-olds – particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. What’s more, once your project is...

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Teacher Survival Kit: The Essentials

What’s in your desk drawer? The marking you’ve been putting off? An assortment of paperclips and rubber bands? Maybe it’s the staff handbook you’ve never opened? It’s time to take back control of your desk. Stock it up with the right stuff, and that drawer will be transformed into an irreplaceable teacher survival kit. We’re not going to recommend pens and sticky notes – you already know you need those. Instead, here’s some genuinely helpful tips and tricks you may not have thought of. You can make these kits for yourself, but they also make a great gift for your partner or...

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Hiring Out School Premises: Everything You Need To Know

Looking to let out your school premises? Unsure of where to start? Here’s our comprehensive overview of what to do. The Whys, Whats, and Whos Why Hire Out School Premises? At this point, you might not be convinced that you even should hire out your premises. However, not to do so would be a huge missed opportunity. By hiring out your premises, you are building links with the local community. This has a positive effect on community awareness, student intake, and, most importantly, student’s overall development and achievement. It can be a huge psychological boost to know that you are part of a community...

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