Trying to engage reluctant readers is a constant challenge at secondary school. Books have to fight with the wealth of distractions available to today’s teenagers! Half the battle is finding a novel which appeals – so here is a selection of secondary school books! Continue reading Secondary School Books: 📚 Fiction for Reluctant Readers 📖
Beyond explores zero tolerance school behaviour policy and how it can be misused as a quick and easy “out” for some disruptive students. Continue reading School Behaviour Policy: Zero Tolerance Failing Students?
A recent report claims that there’s a “disconnect between career aspirations and reality,” which results in many feeling “destined for disappointment.” When that’s the case, why are we promoting exam excellence in the first place? Paul Brand investigates… Continue reading Career Aspirations: Are GCSEs Important?
We all know teaching isn’t without its faults…but do teachers complain too much? Should we become teacher activists to bring about change? ✊🏻 Continue reading Stop Complaining: Why Teachers Need to Be Activists
Going back to school after the holidays is hard on students and teachers alike. Here’s some practical advice for beating the back to school blues…Happy New Year from Beyond ✨ Continue reading A Teacher's Guide to Going Back to School
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?
Spelling, punctuation, and grammar: the sacred pillars of English. Our resident ex-English teacher Paul Brand loves SPaG so much that we might start calling him DI Brand: Detective Inspector in the Spelling Police. DI Brand’s latest case? The role of SPaG in and out of the classroom… Continue reading Sentenced by SPaG: Grappling with Misspelling
So this is Christmas…what secondary resources have you done? None? Well, seeing as you’ve been such good teachers this year, don’t sweat it. Sit down, crank up the Christmas tunes, and let Beyond take the reins for Christmas 2019… Continue reading Seasonal Secondary Resources: Christmas 2019 with Beyond
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
Teaching is full of pitfalls and teachers need all the support they can get in the classroom and beyond to make positive change. Is this change possible though? That’s the real question… Continue reading The Pitfalls of Teaching