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guide to improving teacher happiness and wellbeing

12 tips for improving your work ethic

Posted by Toby Knight on 2 December, 2016

Teacher wellbeing is one of the most important contributors to a school’s success. Research into the ties between staff wellbeing and school performance (Lancaster University, 2014) has found that:

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The education training industry's dirty little secret

Posted by Andy Newell on 22 November, 2016

Schools around the world spend hundreds of millions of pounds a year sending their staff out for training courses or bringing external trainers in. It’s a model that has changed little in decades and, in my opinion, represents the biggest scandal in education.

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Let's talk about learning: what is best practice?

Posted by Charlotte Curl on 31 October, 2016

“If you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. You hear it? Carpe—hear it? Carpe, carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Robin Williams as John Keating, Dead Poets Society [Tweet this]

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Supporting distance learning in South Africa

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 25 October, 2016

Guest blog by Daniel Simons from Trewirgie Junior School

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How do teachers learn best? What you need to consider for effective CPD

Posted by Christophe Mullings on 20 October, 2016

Where does ownership of CPD lie? With the teacher? The CPD provider? SLT? Perhaps a more important question is where do you think it should lie?

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10 successful networking tips and icebreakers

Posted by Rosie Neill on 28 September, 2016

Being in a new circle of people can be daunting, particularly if you're at education conferences or education events to network but aren’t sure how to get talking to the strangers around you. Luckily, these networking tips and icebreakers will have you chatting confidently in no time.

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