Student using knowledge organisers while learning
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

What are Knowledge Organisers and why are they so popular in schools?

What are knowledge organisers? Originally used in secondary schools, knowledge organisers are now becoming more popular in primaries as well. They isolate the key facts from a unit of work or a curriculum subject with the intention of being memorised. []

Child reading a book for school
Primary Education

Reading Records and Literacy Guides

Developing reading skills at Key Stage 1 is part of the National Curriculum and an essential aspect of a child’s learning experience. From increasing their vocabulary to improving their spelling, the benefits of reading are far-reaching and well documented. Many []

Fostering and nurturing the growth mindset
Downloadables

Growth Mindset Quotes for Every Week of the Year

However you may feel about it, there’s no denying that the growth mindset produces results. It’s impossible to swing a proverbial cat in education nowadays without bumping into the growth mindset and associated pedagogies (something that we’ve previously covered in []

Schoolchildren read together
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

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 []

Student Learning
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

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, []

pupil premium collaborative learning
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

Pupil Premium Strategies #3 – Approaching Collaborative Learning

This is the third 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 Using Feedback.  Often introduced at a primary []

The Pupil Premium – Feedback
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

Pupil Premium Strategies #2 – Effectively Using Feedback

This is the second 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 Metacognition.  Feedback is information given to the []

The Pupil Premium – Metacognition
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

Pupil Premium Strategies #1 – What Is Metacognition?

This is the first 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. It’s likely that almost everyone reading this will know what []

Customised Exercise Books
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

Product Spotlight: Customised Exercise Books

Earlier this year, we launched a new product to sit among our flagship range of customised items for students and teachers; exercise books. The humble exercise book has been a classroom workhorse for as long as any of us can []

Computing in secondary school
Technology

The Importance of a Modern Computing Education Curriculum

Back in the day, I elected to study Computing (then called ICT) at AS-Level. Bright-eyed and expectant, I rolled up to my Sixth Form on the first day of term, ready to learn about programming, website design, and the mysteries []

Teacher writing feedback
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Verbal Feedback Given: An Overview Of A Live Marking Strategy

Marking will mean something different to almost every school, and to some extent, every teacher. It’s arguably the part of teaching that causes the most stress to many teachers, and if the feedback we’ve received is anything to go by, []

Primary kids on the computers
Planner Ideas and Inspiration

5 Ways to Support Computing in Primary Schools

When it comes to ICT academia, we’re being quickly overtaken by other countries. Computers are everywhere nowadays, but less than 2% of A-Level exams sat in 2016 were for Computing. Aside from the obvious pastoral and safeguarding benefits of computing education []