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True Stories: Being Supply

True Stories: Being Supply

True Stories: Being ‘Supply’ By Eddie Gardner On Thursday afternoon, John had agreed to take a week long contract for the following week. After a bit of haggling (during which his ‘handler’ tried to convince him that £80 a day was the best they could offer, take it or...

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BUZZ BITS: Starting School The Dutch Way

BUZZ BITS: Starting School The Dutch Way

BUZZ BITS: Starting School - The Dutch Way By Alan Gardner By Alan Gardner All kids in Holland start their first day of school on their 4th Birthday!! This means that throughout the year there is often a new kid added to the class. While this means that older kids may...

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A Checklist for Schools and Supply Teachers

A Checklist for Schools and Supply Teachers

A Checklist for Schools and Supply Teachers By Eddie Gardner Supply is a perennial issue for teachers and schools. The quality of temporary teachers has improved since John’s experience in the earlier article and so has schools’ ability to manage them. Most of the...

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B.L.I.P. Book Review: Teachers’ Worlds and Work

B.L.I.P. Book Review: Teachers’ Worlds and Work

B.L.I.P. Book Review By Jenny Geertson Teachers' Worlds and Work - Understanding Complexity, Building Quality by Christopher Day disassembles all the different elements of being a teacher today. Pulling together research, he starts by considering internal matters. The...

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Exclusion: Can student voice make a difference?

Exclusion: Can student voice make a difference?

Exclusion: Can student voice make a difference? By John Bayley It is a truth universally acknowledged that teachers talk too much. Time and again research shows us that teachers occupy 80% or more of the talking space in the average classroom. The reasons are not hard...

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BUZZ BITS A ‘HIGH’ SCHOOL

BUZZ BITS A ‘HIGH’ SCHOOL

Buzz Bits: A 'High' SchoolA ‘HIGH’ SCHOOL Phumachangtang, on the plateau of the Tibet autonomous region, is known to be the world's highest town. Its primary school, situated at 5, 373 meters above sea level. It's the closest of its kind to the sky. Unfathomably,...

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B.L.I.P. Books: Preserving Positivity by Haili Hughes

B.L.I.P. Books: Preserving Positivity by Haili Hughes

B.L.I.P. Books: Preserving Positivity by Haili HughesReading 'Preserving Positivity' feels like an honest account of both Haili's own experience and many other professionals in education. It draws together different experiences so well that it is eye-opening to those...

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A Corridor Encounter

A Corridor Encounter

A Corridor EncounterA few good stories came through from the previous edition, Thank you, many laughs and some tears. All good training material. There was one about a secondary pastoral leader who screamed at Mark Congram and Stuart Hunt to be quiet in assembly but...

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PD NOW TOP PRIORITY

PD NOW TOP PRIORITY

PD Now a Top PriorityWill the teaching profession be forever prone to problems which drive out the talented and well-meaning? Not if we put professional learning back at the top of schools’ agendas and allow teachers to determine their own needs at least to some...

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Behaviour, Rewards and Learning

Behaviour, Rewards and Learning

Behaviour, Rewards and Learning: By John BayleyJohn has authored numerous programmes on behaviour management. He is one of our Lead Consultants and is widely acclaimed for his 70+ videos for Teachers TV. For quite a long while, I was an 'Assertive Discipline' Trainer....

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Picture The Scene

Picture The Scene

The Boys On The Bus: A new behaviour scenario every issue. Eight or more Yr 9 boys, in uniform, top deck of bus on the way home from school. Bus stops at a bus stop in small town centre. They see their year leader (Mr Nolan) walking down the other side of the road –...

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Not Now Nadim!

Not Now Nadim!

Not Now Nadim! With his not-to-dusty track record as vaccines minister behind him, Nadhim Zahawi is about to make waves in his role as Education Secretary. Speaking to the TES just the other day, alongside an accompanying photo which suggests he means business, he...

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BLIP Books Review: The CPD Curriculum

BLIP Books Review: The CPD Curriculum

BLIP Books Review: The CPD Curriculum In this issue, Jenny Geertson reviews a chapter of Zoe & Mark Enser's book, The CPD Curriculum: Creating Conditions for Growth and explains how analogies bring clarity in understanding how to implement a CPD Curriculum.  As a...

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Pupil Referral Units

Pupil Referral Units

The way we behave when we try to support children with difficult behaviours is crucial to gaining their trust and improving their self-belief.

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Ainslie Wood Primary School

Ainslie Wood Primary School

The impact of improved teacher quality on pupil progressIn 2013 the percentage of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths at Ainslie Wood Primary School was well below the 75% Local Average. At just 43% drastic changes were needed to improve...

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How should you approach challenging behaviour in schools

How should you approach challenging behaviour in schools

How should you approach challenging behaviour in schoolsSometimes, you read or hear something that completely illuminates an area of understanding for you. It may simply be that the voices you've experienced on the subject before don't hit the mark quite, and then...

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Emma at Equis

Emma at Equis

Meet Emma Gardner, Our Teacher Development Expert Welcome to our blog! Here at Equis, we improve teaching and learning experiences in schools for all, through high-quality PD programmes and expertise. Between the team, we'll be blogging about articles and news...

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