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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.
27/09/2018
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.
17/09/2018
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.  
04/10/2018
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. 
10/09/2018
Making the Difference that Makes the Difference
How much time do you spend drilling down to find the real, tangible things that you need to work on that will have the biggest impact, for instance, on your own wellbeing? Sure we might know a ‘top-line’ answer like: “I need to exercise more” or “I need to leave work on time” – but who really drills down to work out how they can make that happen?
19/10/2018
Predicting the Impossible
The change to 9-1 exams left many teachers feeling perplexed as exam boards and Ofqual said it wasn't possible to predict grade boundaries. In the absences of any guidance, we set out to provide a set of grades boundaries to take away some of the anxiety teachers were experiencing. The results are in and we’re now able to compare our predictions with last week’s GCSE results. How close were our estimations? Did teachers even need grade boundaries to achieve high results?
04/09/2018
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.  
19/10/2018
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.
31/08/2018
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.
29/08/2018
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.
16/08/2018
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
13/08/2018
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...
17/01/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Catherine Tighe
In the first of our new Interviews with Teachers series, meet the inspiring British champion in Sports Acrobatics Gymnastics; Catherine Tighe! Hear about the impact the Youth Sports Trust can have on students motivation, how to improve the numbers of girls taking up PE & the thrills that teaching PE can bring!  
02/02/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Jason Clarke
Next up in our Interviews with Teachers series, we spoke to Jason Clarke who, back in 2015, made the move from teaching in the UK to teaching abroad. We wanted to speak to Jason about the differences and challenges of working abroad as a teacher, compared to the UK. If you’re considering teaching in another country, read on to find out about Jason’s experience and get his advice.
02/02/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Jen English
Jen English has been teaching for six years, and has been a Head of Department for the last two years. During her teaching career, she has also been a PGCE and NQT mentor and led whole school CPD on various Teaching and Learning Strategies. Now, Jen co-runs #GeogChat on Twitter and is a keen sharer of resources both through Twitter and her blog. Recently, she presented at the Geographical Association Conference on 'Increasing challenge at Key Stage 3' and in the evening at the...
25/04/2018
Interviews with Teachers: Rebecca Kenny
Rebecca Kenny has been teaching for thirteen years and working with children for sixteen. She has a passion for creative education and instilling a sense of purpose and motivation in all of her students. She is now developing her own company offering creative, motivational holiday clubs to students across South Liverpool, where she hopes to develop critical and creative minds for many more years. We spoke to Rebecca for our ‘Interviews with Teachers’ series about the current issues...
13/02/2018
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...
13/04/2018
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...
07/02/2018
Real Leadership in Teaching: Why Being Yourself Is Important
I have found myself in a strange situation with regard my career, one in which I have an overwhelming passion for education but now sit outside of the situation. Although now running Pupil Progress, an educational resource company, I am no longer on the front line, teaching, leading, helping pupils and my team This brings me to writing this series of blogs entitled Real Leadership. With this new journey, I find myself reflecting so much on my past experiences, and how much I learned...
31/08/2017
Scaling Factors
Exam boards have updated their specifications to include the scaling factors for the new 9-1 GCSEs and A-levels. It doesn’t affect all specifications and subjects, just some. Most exam boards have clearly stated them at the end of the assessment section in the specifications. We have been in contact with other exam boards that haven’t made it clear to confirm them on your Find out what Scaling factors are, how they impact your students grades & how to use them to your...
16/11/2017
English in the Classroom: A Year in the Data Dark
Lauren has been teaching English for seven years; swiftly moving from NQT to KS4 leader to Head of Faculty to Director of English (one of new fashion of Extended Leadership Team titles) and for the most part has been fortunate enough to experience joyous GCSE results days, full of smiling faces and heaving massive sighs of relief that an ever-increasing number of students each year were achieving what they needed to move on to the next level. Lauren shares with us her experience as a...
20/09/2017
Surviving the Reform Part 1
In my last post, I reflected on how important data tracking is to student progress and how challenging the last year had been without grade boundaries to lean on in order to track progress accurately. For my next few posts, I’ll be delving deeper into my personal experience of the GCSE English reform, how we survived the year, and what I would do differently this year. I’m not ashamed to say that when faced with a new challenge I like to do my research thoroughly and plan...
13/10/2017
Surviving the Reform Part 2: Confidence is Key
In this second installment, Lauren shares her experience running an English Department that is going through the ups and downs of a new curriculum, while also preparing to become a new-mum-to-be. Lauren shares with us how being an introvert doesn't have to conflict with showing confidence; here she tells us of how she worked with the team around her to lead them to success in a uncertain year.
15/10/2017
GCSE Grade Boundaries 2017/18
As you can imagine, pupil progress has received a lot of questions relating to grade boundaries for the new 9-1 GCSEs, including how we are providing grade boundaries. For English and Maths, the wait is over, as there are actual grade boundaries from this year’s exams to refer to. For other subjects, there is no way of predicting accurately where the grade boundaries will sit. At this stage, we can only make an informed guess based on the information that Ofqual and Dfe have published....
16/11/2017