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 []

Exam Stress
Health and Wellbeing

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 []

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 []

The Ultimate Guide to Teacher Stress Relief
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The Ultimate Guide to Teacher Stress Relief

In fact, 75% of teachers report high levels of stress, which is a significant margin over other occupations. The outcome is clear: teachers – particularly NQTs – are leaving the profession in droves. All statistics point to teacher stress being []

An overworked student with a large pile of books
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How to Help Students Get the Most from Holiday Revision

How much Easter revision is too much for a secondary school student? How about seven hours a day? With the advent of the Easter holidays, revision – and how much each student actually does – has once again become a []

Fun with Google Trends
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Sparking Trends In The Classroom With Google Trends

I spend a decent amount of time each week researching content for both our website and blog, as well as to stay on top of what’s happening in education and this week has been no different. After browsing the usual []