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Teaching Twins and Multiples: A Teacher’s Guide

Teaching Twins and Multiples: A Teacher’s Guide (An Interview with Leonie Huie BEM) Schools are predominantly set up to teach children born in different years. With twins and multiples, it can become a challenge to ensure their needs are considered and that they are included. This extends to how teachers and schools communicate with them…

Managing Teacher Recruitment, Training and Retention

Managing Teacher Recruitment, Training and Retention With many schools, teaching unions and teachers expressing concerns about how safe the classroom is – despite reassurance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), an article by Yvonne Williams in the Times Educational Supplement (TES), asks how many teachers have decided to quit their profession. …

Teacher role models: Learning from inspirational teachers

Teacher role models: Learning from inspirational teachers Mark Siswick, Executive Headteacher of Chesterton Primary School, in south London, and co-founder of the Wandle Learning Trust, was honoured for services to education in the New Year’s Honours list by being awarded an MBE.  The Northern Echo writes: “During the pandemic, he helped to create a national home learning…

Promoting literacy in schools

Promoting literacy in schools School closures in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions have had a disproportionate effect on disadvantaged pupils, which could reverse any progress made over the last decade to narrow the attainment gap. These children were already twice as likely as their better off peers to leave primary school unable to read or…

Schools are going green – and saving money

Schools are going green – and saving money A former maths teacher has set up a project to build young people’s awareness of climate change and equip them with the knowledge and resources to tackle it in their own communities. Established in 2015, Henry Greenwood thought up the Green Schools Project while training as a maths teacher at Kingsmead…

Tackling food poverty during Covid-19

Tackling food poverty during Covid-19 Fourteen per cent of UK families with children have experienced food insecurity in the six months up to August/September 2020, up from 11.5% before the pandemic. That’s according to research conducted by the New Food Foundation. The figure accounts for four million people, including 2.3 million children. While footballer Marcus Rashford…

10 Top Tips for New Teaching Assistants

10 Top Tips for New Teaching Assistants Punam Sharma is a year 6 teaching assistant at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy in Bradford. In 2019, she won a Primary Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, in recognition of her contribution to children’s education and support. She offers those new to the profession some key advice to help set…