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Daily testing can keep pupils in school, study suggests [wtr-time]

Daily rapid testing of school pupils who are close contacts of a Covid case did not lead to more virus spread than sending them home, a study has found. Around 2% of close contacts with test results turned out to have coronavirus. The findings, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, did not prove that a […]

Read more 2 months ago

The Life of Teaching takes England [wtr-time]

The Life of   Teaching takes England! “BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED” I never thought after completing my NQT I would be writing a blog for the world to read. If this is not a prime example of the opportunities many teachers have to develop skills as professionals and most importantly find independence after university, […]

Read more 4 months ago

Perfecting your application [wtr-time]

I had the pleasure of being invited to a webinar last week that was delivered by my School Trust that discussed how to ‘perfect your application’’ Usually by the end of the day I regret signing up for these types of things but this one was definitely worth the late evening! I hope to share […]

Read more 5 months ago

Teachers to get sweeping powers to decide exam results in England [wtr-time]

Teachers will get sweeping powers to decide exam grades in Englandthis year, in a move that was welcomed by school leaders but brought warnings of “extremely high grade inflation” because of a lack of clear guidance. Rules announced by the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, will emphasise “fairness and flexibility” in how each school decides to award […]

Read more 7 months ago

See if you can do better, head tells critical parents [wtr-time]

Headteacher suggests parents sending ‘highly critical’ feedback to staff on remote lessons should retrain as teachers A primary school headteacher has sent a letter to parents advising those who have been criticising online lessons to train as teachers themselves. In the letter to parents, Colin Dowland, headteacher of Woodridge Primary School in Barnet, North London, described […]

Read more 8 months ago

The Digital Divide [wtr-time]

The Digital Divide In the latest lockdown. The closure of schools and the transition to remote learning has highlighted the stark reality of the digital divide across the UK, with many children and families finding themselves without access to the basic resources needed to receive and engage with their education. Paula Arrowsmith, Regional Director at Ormiston […]

Read more 8 months ago

Covid 19 and Classroom Management [wtr-time]

Covid 19 and Classroom Management I know…what an interesting topic you are thinking! Just bear with me…..hang on in there. There might be something for you. Do you know what one of the main concerns is for the Government at present? (Apart from the obvious!). It is to do with compliance. How to make the […]

Read more 10 months ago

England: ‘shocking’ decline in primary pupils’ attainment after lockdown [wtr-time]

There has been a “shocking” decline in primary school pupils’ levels of attainment in England after lockdown, testing has revealed, with younger children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds worst affected. The results provide the first detailed insight into the impact of the pandemic on academic attainment among young children and show an average decline in […]

Read more 11 months ago

Sport in School [wtr-time]

No sports days, cricket matches, egg and spoon races or parent and child relays. We have missed a whole summer of sport in schools, professionally, socially and watched endless reruns of the Premier League, Champions League and the Gallagher Premiership. We have managed and now have a huge list of sports fixtures compressed into a […]

Read more 11 months ago

Are these the funniest stories about teaching? [wtr-time]

Yes, teaching is sick. Yes, teaching is broken. Yes, teaching is toxic. There is bitter truth in all of these statements. I’ve written about them, painfully and in depth. But while we’re bemoaning the mess that our profession finds itself in, it’s also worth reminding ourselves that teaching is joyful. Teaching is humbling. And teaching is also […]

Read more 11 months ago

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