All Teachers Are Equal, but Some Teachers Are More Equal Than Others

At the risk of being lynched by colleagues, I’m going to suggest that my own subject – English – is more ‘rigorous’ than other subjects. By which I mean it’s far more planning and assessment heavy. Yes, I’m looking at you, PE and IT… please don’t pound on me PE teachers, I never did like contact sports! Beyond explores teacher equality in the classroom… Continue reading All Teachers Are Equal, but Some Teachers Are More Equal Than Others

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?

How Can I Support My Team’s Wellbeing at School?

Teaching can be one of the most stressful careers, especially at those bottle-neck points in the year where everything seems to happen at once! Being a line manager means that you haven’t just got the responsibility of your own work/life balance, but also that of your team. Here’s five things you can do to proactively support the wellbeing of your team: Get to know them! It might seem obvious, but you can only spot something is amiss if you know the personality and typical behaviours of your team. People respond differently to stress: some people shout; some people become the … Continue reading How Can I Support My Team’s Wellbeing at School?

Gothic Fiction and Why I Love It

Sam Turton talks us through her favourite genre. How It All Started My name is Sam and I’m a Gothic addict. Sign me up to Hotel Transylvania right now! When I first decided to study English at university, I never dreamt that I would get to study a whole module on Gothic fiction. I was in my element! We read Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto, Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire and many others. My essay for the unit focussed on Rice’s novel compared with Stoker’s Dracula and the … Continue reading Gothic Fiction and Why I Love It

#SpeedPD: Love Those Phone Calls Home?

You’ve had a tough day, students have been kicking off in class, it would be easier to just mark some books; but contact with parents can be a vital means of improving relationships between home and school and often helps to iron out behaviour management issues. Here’s some top tips for receiving and making phone calls: Let the parent / carer  tell you what the problem is (if they are aware of it). Getting it off their chest often helps. Ensure you return phone calls as soon as you can, preferably the same day. Leave a message or log your … Continue reading #SpeedPD: Love Those Phone Calls Home?

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

Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?

I remember my first ‘outstanding’ observation – An English Language A-Level lesson with a class of eleven students. I recall the self-doubt and the onset of impostor syndrome that told me my lesson was poorly planned and headed for a … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome: Why Do Teachers Second-Guess Themselves?

Encourage flipped learning in your AQA GCSE science classes

In this blog, our content writer Fiona breaks down her process for writing a “student-led” booklet for Ecology and tantalises us with talk of more to come! Fiona has been teaching for 9 years. She loves finding innovative and exciting ways to engage and inspire students in science, helping them to see the real-world applications of their learning. How do I find the time?! Let’s be honest, there are not enough hours in the day or lessons in a week to fit all that AQA biology specification content in all the detail you want to. And no matter how meticulously … Continue reading Encourage flipped learning in your AQA GCSE science classes

Need maths worksheets? Check out our Maths Activity Mats!

Content writer Charlotte talks us through the process of creating Maths Activity Mats and explains how to best use them in the classroom. Who Am I? I’m Charlotte and have been working with Twinkl Secondary for two years. I worked in schools for 10 years as a Maths Teacher then Head of Department and am now a School Governor and Private Tutor as well as being at Twinkl. I began work on Activity Mats a year and a half ago and since then they’ve grown and grown, with all of the Secondary Maths Team having input into their creation. What’s Great About … Continue reading Need maths worksheets? Check out our Maths Activity Mats!