Learn how to organise your classroom for the new year
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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 []

A red pencil standing out among grey pencils signifying difference
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What Makes the School Planner Company Different?

The School Planner Company We aren’t like other planner companies. Our school planners are made to order, with the process fully controlled by you from start to finish. What is “SPC Customised”? If you’re looking for student planners for your []

School pupils recycle plastics together
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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 []

A graph indicating the possible end of teacher funding austerity measures
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Is This the End of Teacher Pay Austerity?

Classroom teachers are set to enjoy a pay rise of up to 3.5%, in an exciting measure that means the end of real-terms pay cuts for teaching staff. However, this isn’t being awarded across the board. Headteachers and other senior []

Young pupils completing a baseline assessment
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Does Primary Baseline Assessment Benefit Children?

Is it right to assess four- to five-year-olds? The proposed baseline assessment test will only be sat for a few minutes, but the impact of these tests could be more wide-reaching.

Secure additional pay with teacher learning responsibilities
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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 []

Helping pupils to learn essential computer skills
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Closing the Digital Skills Gap

How many mobile phones have you confiscated this term alone? An annual computing education report from the University of Roehampton has found that only 12% of this year’s GCSE students have opted to study Computing to GCSE level; more worryingly, []

How to stir up a football craze without dipping into school funding
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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 []

Five School Funding Grants You Should Know About
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Five School Funding Grants You Should Know About

The School Planner Company We aren’t like other planner companies. Our school planners are made to order, with the process fully controlled by you from start to finish. What is “SPC Customised”? If you’re looking for student planners for your []

Teacher Survival Kit: The Essentials
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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 []

Tips to help teachers with setting and marking homework
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A Student’s Perspective on Setting Homework and Marking Tips

Today’s blog was written by Chris Walsh, a Year 12 student visiting the SPC offices on work experience. He’s presented some interesting and helpful points on setting and marking homework.   The debate over whether or not homework is useful []