Halloween Secondary Resources from Beyond the Grave

Trick or treat? It’s that time of year again when things go bump in the night! Whatever happens by jack-o-lantern light this Halloween, make sure to prize open our crypt-full of Halloween secondary resources and add a terrifying twist to your Maths, English, and Science lessons… Continue reading Halloween Secondary Resources from Beyond the Grave

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Beyond’s Latest & Greatest Secondary Resources

Did you know that in between teaching, ranting, and blogging, we also create secondary teaching resources! If you’re looking to plug some gaps in your lesson plan, need some inspiration, or fancy having some evenings to yourself this week, dive in and take a look at some of our latest and greatest resources. Continue reading Beyond’s Latest & Greatest Secondary Resources

Passion or Planning: Where Should a Teacher’s Priorities Lie?

Penny S-K explores different approaches to planning, and how to get the best out of your teaching personality. Several years ago, I worked with the most incredible teacher. Let’s call him Bob. Bob was the kind of teacher we all aspire to be: he was liked and respected by students, had excellent subject knowledge, and delivered consistently good Key Stage 3 and GCSE results. He wasn’t a saint though – he could occasionally be snappy with staff and his desk looked like it had been the victim of a highly localised whirlwind. But he was a great teacher. Like all … Continue reading Passion or Planning: Where Should a Teacher’s Priorities Lie?

Breaking Down Barriers to Oxbridge: Can Secondary Teachers Inspire Their Pupils?

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge may be the most celebrated and prestigious in the UK, but new research suggests that their intake is less than representative of the country as a whole. Figures released by the Sutton Trust charity show that just eight leading schools sent more students to Oxbridge between 2015 and 2017 than 2,900 other schools put together. The imbalance in admissions is stark: while just 7% of pupils attend private schools, they take up 42% of Oxbridge places. Westminster School in London saw an average of 70-80 students per year offered places at Oxbridge; meanwhile, entire … Continue reading Breaking Down Barriers to Oxbridge: Can Secondary Teachers Inspire Their Pupils?

Video Blog: Misconceptions in Maths – Negative Numbers

With the complicated concepts that maths teachers have to work with it is sometimes so easy to fall into the trap of perpetuating a student misconception. Sometimes misunderstandings are directly caused by the things we say or the way we present ideas. Sarah Garry considers how we can address these issues and prevent further confusion. In the first in a series on maths misconceptions Sarah addresses all things negative numbers. Follow-up Consolidate pupils’ negative numbers understanding with this Colour by Numbers worksheet. (Find more info on using Colour by Numbers in the secondary classroom here.) Sign up for a free … Continue reading Video Blog: Misconceptions in Maths – Negative Numbers

How Do You Survive Form Time at Christmas?

Science content writer Claire Brown talks us through the pleasures and pitfalls of being a form tutor around Christmas time and how she engages her students with a bit of festive competition… Tis the Season to Be Jolly! I absolutely love Christmas. It’s a time filled with fun and excitement but also a time that can strike fear into teachers around the country! The build-up to Christmas is an emotional roller-coaster for both teachers and pupils alike. For some, there will be worries about getting to know a new school, for others panic about the start of a new GCSE … Continue reading How Do You Survive Form Time at Christmas?

KS3 Science: An Insight into Our Electricity Unit of Work

In this blog Claire Brown, science teacher extraordinaire and one of our science content writers, provides a background to some of her favourite resources. How long does it take for one teacher to plan an outstanding lesson? Well here’s a little sneak peek into the production process that is hidden behind the doors at Twinkl HQ. The production process is incredibly rigorous to ensure that the best quality science products are provided for teachers, teaching assistants and parents alike. A single resource pack could take a content writer up to 15 hours to make and that is before it has … Continue reading KS3 Science: An Insight into Our Electricity Unit of Work