The examinations regulator, Ofqual has published draft guidance on how the appeals process will work for teacher assessed grades this summer. Beyond reports on the Ofqual exams 2021 appeals process… Continue reading Ofqual Exams 2021: Plans For Appeals Process & Quality Assurance
Near the start of the “new normal,” we wrote a requiem for coursework. Almost unbelievably, the time now feels ripe for a requiem to exams, in light of the GCSE exams being cancelled… Continue reading GCSE Exams Cancelled: Surviving Without an End-Point
Tick a job off your to-do list with this comprehensive KS3 English Curriculum Map, resourcing every Key Stage 3 lesson from the beginning of Year Seven, to the end of Year Nine. Continue reading Sorting the September Stress: Beyond’s KS3 English Curriculum Map
Teachers are familiar with the problem of marking and over-marking – so we decided to think about what would happen if you never marked another book again… Continue reading Marking: What Would Happen If You Never Marked Another Book?
There’s nothing like the chaos of a classroom. Even the most well-behaved classes can turn your room into a bomb site in a matter of seconds. But here are six simple strategies for keeping things calm and organised – even … Continue reading Sort Out Your Classroom! Simple Strategies for Classroom Organisation
It’s a disturbing irony that the idea for this blog post originally came to me on the way to work and I’d contrived to forget it by home time! I had to rack my brain to dredge it back up. The same thing sometimes happens with words, which is not a good look for an English teacher. The most embarrassing memory lapse to date was forgetting the word ‘syllable’ in front of Y8. Fast approaching my fifth decade, I accept it as a sad fact of life that the memory slowly deteriorates. Then again, were my youthful powers of recollection … Continue reading Would You Pass a Memory Test?
We’ve all heard the rumours…we know what you think of us! It’s time to put some classic teacher misconceptions to bed and explore what teachers want non-teachers to know… Continue reading What Teachers Want Non-Teachers to Know
NQT Advice: Handy to know! Whether you’ve simply got an NQT joining the department or you’re taking on an NQT as a mentor, it’s always handy to have a little NQT advice to hand for when things start getting a … Continue reading NQT Advice: Five Things to Tell Your NQT
I read an article recently about a school that had stopped teachers from marking altogether. Instead, every two weeks, the teachers had a one to one with pupils to discuss their work… Can you imagine how liberating that would feel? Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to work in a school like that and marking becomes one of the most difficult things to manage as a result. Until your school stops marking entirely, here are some of the things I find helpful to make it manageable: Strategic speaking and listening units: I always look at my year as a whole … Continue reading Making Marking Manageable
By Debi Cullen, Maths Content Writer Meet the Writer I have been a maths content writer at Twinkl for just over a year. I have over 20 years’ experience of teaching maths, mainly in secondary schools in Kent, and I currently teach part-time in a further education college. I was a middle manager for ten years in posts involving curriculum, mentoring and pastoral care. I also mark GCSE maths exam scripts in the summer. I now live near Snowdonia and its stunning scenery and I also run a holiday let from there. The background to baseline tests? The UK government … Continue reading How do I get the most out of my Year 7 Baseline Tests?