Blog Articles

 
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! 
05/03/2019
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. 
20/12/2018
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 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.
16/11/2018
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.
31/10/2018
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
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. 
01/11/2018
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
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
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
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