Blog Articles

From Stress To Freedom
How are you? Are your family and loved ones well? How’s work, your relationships and your life? When asked how they’re doing, it’s not uncommon for people to say they are stressed about something. You may offer them a solution, a technique to help manage their stress, but this can feel like yet another thing for them to do, making them feel even more ‘stressed out. Fortunately, there is another way to manage stress. 
Becoming a Brilliant HoD: Advice from Experienced Middle-Managers
Joining the ranks as a head of your department is an exciting step in your teaching career. With this exciting responsibility comes a new set of opportunities and challenges. We reached out to our network of teachers on social media and asked them to share their most helpful anecdotes, advice, and tips from their experience working as an HoD. 
TMMathsIcons Launch: It’s A Great Time To Be A Maths Teacher!
Now is a really exciting time to be a maths teacher – there are so many other wonderful educators who regularly share their ideas and resources, including how research has informed their practice. TMMathsIcons organiser Kathryn (aka @Arithmaticks), reviews the first ever event which launched last month! 
How to survive (and thrive in!) your first two years as a teacher
When facing your first couple of years as a teacher, the adjustment to managing a classroom can feel a bit overwhelming.  To show you just how much support there is out there from your peers, we asked our teaching community on social media to share helpful anecdotes from their career journeys, and things they wish they’d known in their first couple of years of teaching. 
How To Build Great Relationships with Your Students
Jo Dowden is a Geography teacher based in Oxfordshire, qualified in coaching and mentoring practice. I am passionate about building young people’s self esteem and helping young people feel centred and equipped to take steps in the direction they need to go.
Think Like An Examiner with our GCSE PE Resources
We’re providing free resources for teachers designed to provide you with additional support for peer, self & teacher assessments. Help your pupils gain a more thorough understanding of your exam boards assessment criteria -- because knowing what examiners are looking for is a vital part of preparing pupils for their GCSE exams. 
Why We’re Giving Away a 12 Month FREE Subscription Worth £250
We’re excited to offer the opportunity for you to be one of five teachers to use our brand new bespoke tracking system for your subject area, for a whole school year, completely FREE of charge.  Find out how you and your team can take advantage of this opportunity in this article.
Teachers, Just Say No
Teachers face huge pressures  from all sides with a huge amount of requests that can be difficult to prioritise. David Jessop shares his experience of coaching thousands of staff and pupil in the education sector, and how you can use the power of saying "no" to help you focus on what will really have an impact. Find out how to change a perceived negative in to a positive & help you to time to focus on what is really important.
What % should I alter my grade boundaries by?
How much should I change grade boundaries by? How much challenge is reasonable? Can I go too far? Brett discusses the rationale behind our recommendations for adjusting your grade boundaries and shares the data and information we have based our opinions on. 
Brilliant Initiatives to Support Wellbeing
The teaching profession is suffering a recruitment and retention crisis. As a result, teachers are taking matters into their own hands, sparking a wellbeing revolution. It’s not about small tweaks, it’s about transforming school cultures and providing teachers with the support they need. Here are some brilliant initiatives revolutionising wellbeing, created by teachers for teachers.
DFE Pushes for a Tech Revolution in the Classroom
Don’t you know, we’re talking about a revolution. A revolution in the way schools approach data, how they use technology and it’s positive effect on teacher wellbeing. And we’re not alone. Last week, Education Secretary, Damian Hinds called on tech firms to kick-start an “educational revolution” in the classroom. Read how Pupil Progress is already tackling the issue the DfE has highlighted
Why Mindset is Important for Teachers
We often check that we have the material things that help us get through the day, but how many of us check that we are in the most useful frame of mind to navigate the same day? David Jessop explores the importance of mindset for teachers.
21 Ideas to Support SEND Students in the Secondary Classroom
Do you ever feel caught between that metaphorical rock and the hard place? Constricted by time, yet driven by the love for what you do and the yearning to get it right for your students? Vice Principal Kat Stubbs has some tried and tested ideas to make learning more accessible for your students.
Case Study: The King’s CE School
The King’s CE School is a small school with large numbers of disadvantaged students. However, the PE department is seeing increasing numbers opting for GCSE and results are improving every year.
How to be a super teacher without working superhuman hours
There’s a wellness crisis happening in UK schools. Teachers regularly sacrifice their down time: evenings get consumed with lesson prep, breaks are a chance to frantically catch up with admin tasks, and weekends become overrun with piles and piles of marking. But there is another way. Here are our top tips for striking a work/life balance.
Reducing workload in schools: what data is actually necessary for teachers?
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has pledged "to help school leaders cut ‘unnecessary’ workload" saying that "data drops and excessive monitoring" aren't necessary.  We believe it’s not the amount of data gathered, but how that data is collated, calculated, and analysed that needs to change.
Don’t Read This Blog
When someone says 'don't do X', ever noticed how much more you want to do it? When we think more about what we don’t want, we often see ourselves doing more of it and, like an obedient SAT Nav, our brain takes it as a message that we DO want to do it. Apply this logic to behaviour management in the classroom and you can begin to see why some teachers struggle.
Embedding a Reflective Approach to Assessment of Learning from KS3 to KS5
Once we have a repertoire of effective strategies for learning, and an understanding of how students learn, we can use these to create meaningful, manageable and motivational study opportunities that will strengthen students understanding over time, says Geography HOD Michael Chiles. 
How to Manage a Stress Free Day in the Classroom
Teaching can be stressful, that’s a fact that can’t be ignored no matter how much you love the profession. For teachers to keep their heads above water and retain the love they had when they started, it’s important to keep stress levels to a minimum. To help, here’s Matthew Parker's top tips to manage a stress free day in the classroom.  
Interviews with Teachers: Victoria Hewett
Victoria Hewett, also known as Mrs Humanities, is a twice-nominated UK blog award finalist, teacher and soon to be author. She has been teaching in Kent for six years and is currently subject leader for Geography. Before that, she was Head of Humanities at a free school. Victoria set up the teacher well-being scheme #Teacher5adayBuddyBox in 2016, which now has over 1,500 participants from across the UK and further afield. She also set up well as Magpied Pedgogy, a website which...
The Importance of Critical Thinking for Student Achievement
Is there a place for the skill of thinking critically in a knowledge-based curriculum? Do they have to be enemies, or can they in fact complement each other and work together? In this blog, Assistant Head Teacher Jo Coles explores how critical thinking can benefit pupils' performance.  
Interviews with Teachers: Vikki Parker
Former Drama Teacher Vikki Parker is the Creative Director at Arts Unwritten, a new social enterprise that seeks to develop new writing for theatre, exploring taboo themes of mental health. After 16 years in teaching, Vikki is now an actor, director, writer, poet, and visual artist, with a mission to provide a creative platform for stories that heal. Through studying Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the IATE, Vikki has extensively explored the therapeutic power of the Arts, and the aim of...
Why can’t my school just trust us to do our job?
Micromanagement is the bane of teachers up and down the country. A recent article by The Secret Teacher hit the nail on the head, saying that as a result teachers feel “robbed of any autonomy” and that it “chips away at a teacher’s self-esteem, confidence and expertise”.  As a teacher, you know what approach to teaching suits you and your students best. You know how to get the best results. You just want to take a risk sometimes, and try something creative to bring a new spark to...
Interview with TeachWellfest founder Georgia Holleran
We’ve been talking to groups and individuals at the forefront of the teacher wellbeing revolution. Among them is Georgia Holleran, founder of TeachWellFest, a festival pioneering the importance of wellbeing for teachers. Here, Georgia tells us why its message is so important, and how you can implement a successful wellbeing strategy in your school.