5 Strategies To Boost Vocabulary

According to the Oxford Language Report, which surveyed more than 1,300 teachers across the country, the significant word gap in UK schools is holding back children’s learning.

Over half of those surveyed reported that at least 40 per cent of their pupils lacked the vocabulary needed to access their learning. Worryingly, 69 per cent of primary school teachers and 60 per cent of secondary school teachers believe the gap is increasing.

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Preparing Your Students

Preparing Your Students For Successful Futures

As a teacher, your day-to-day responsibilities include more than just ticking off items on the curriculum. Along with giving your students the tools and techniques to learn effectively, you’ll also be dictating their behaviour, shaping their minds, and influencing future decisions.

In fact, school children who receive words of encouragement from a teacher are significantly more likely to continue their education beyond the age of 16 than those who do not according to a study by the University of Cambridge.

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Planning Tips for September

Here are 6 Essential Planning Tips for September Readiness

Seeing as the summer holidays are still very much in full swing, the thought of returning to school is bound to be at the back of your mind. However, every teacher knows that September will roll around sooner rather than later.

So, to prevent any last-minute panicking and to ensure you’re as fully prepared as possible, here are 6 planning tips for September readiness.

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Teaching Assistant

Using Research Evidence To Inform Timetabling

Timetabling plays a vital role in how pupils develop and progress throughout the year. If you learn how to get timetabling right, then it will inevitably benefit the students – and the school – moving forwards.

One of the best ways to do this is by using research evidence. With evidence, we can inform timetabling to come up with the best strategies that elicit the most success. Here are a few things that you should maybe keep your eye on:

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Form Tutor

10 Tips For Being An Effective Form Tutor

You need to take on more responsibilities as a form tutor, but it’s an incredibly rewarding role. If you’re keen to develop your skills in this position, then here are some top tips:

Don’t be a typical teacher

Take on a more active role with the students in your form group, and interact with them differently to how you would with students you teach.

Set your students up for the school day

A big part of your role is taking your group of students at the start of every school day. If you want to be effective, you should ensure they’re all ready for what lies ahead and are prepared to tackle the day. This includes making sure they have all the right equipment, and that their uniform matches the school regulations.

Always be available

It’s imperative that you’re available whenever necessary. This means your tutor group should have access to you when they need you, and so should their parents. An excellent way to do this is by handing out your email address to parents, so they can contact you if they ever have any queries about their child.

Keep up communications with home

Following on from tip 3, you should maintain constant communication with your student’s parents/guardians. Make sure they get information such as newsletters or reports and be sure to provide updates on how their child is acting/behaving.

Don’t be too professional

Students should trust their form tutors and see them as someone to confide in. As such, don’t act too professional and uptight around your form group. Be a bit more laid back – be human!

Make your students socialise with one another

When students are placed in the same form group, it means they’ll see a lot of each other for many years. As such, it’s your job to make sure everyone gets along and knows one another. Encourage them to socialise during form periods so you create the feeling of a happy family.

Don’t just focus on school life

A great way you can take your form tutoring to a new level is by talking to students about the real world. Give them advice about things like preparing for job interviews or buying their first car. This helps them get more out of their time in school.

Let them know you’re on their side

Effective form tutors are always there for their students, no matter what. Always let them know that you’ve got their back and you’ll defend them if needed. Tell them you’ll help with any problems they have, and can talk to other members of staff if required.

Stay updated with your students

Always make the time to see what’s happening in the world of your students. Ask regular questions so you see where they are, and if there are any new struggles you can help them with.

Build a rapport and be a role model

Finally, the best form tutors are ones that have a good rapport with students. You can maybe engage in banter with them and have a laugh from time to time. But, most of all, you should present yourself as someone they look up to when they eventually leave school.


Take these tips to heart, and you’ll develop into an effective form tutor. Remember, always give equal time to every student, and make sure their needs are met at all times.

Help Teachers Develop

Help Teachers Develop Their Careers And We Can Stop Them Leaving

We need more teachers, and we must work to keep those who have already signed on in the fold. This isn’t an opinion, it’s a fact as unions have informed that the number of losses in teaching is quickly becoming unmanageable. It is important to take action, investing in the future of our teachers and developing their careers. Currently, there is very little being done in this area.

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Do you have GCSE lesson blues?

Working as a teacher, you might think that you’re the only one who hates the GCSE study preparation period, but we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone. While students look forward to a time with no lessons, they quickly realise how boring studying for GCSEs can be. Particularly if there is no class structure.

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Educational Trends

The Most Common Educational Trends

It’s fair to say that education is in a constant state of flux. All governments make promises about making changes, then make more changes when they realise things aren’t quite going to plan, and the cycle continues like this for evermore. It’s also fair to say that if these sweeping changes and trends had a positive impact, we would all welcome them with open arms. But are they successful? Let’s take a look at the most common educational trends and look a little closer at their effectiveness.

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