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Year 6 trainee placement? No need to fear, check out our survival tips ...

So, you managed to make it through your last placement, perhaps in KS1 or LKS2. The heady glow of completion, although fast becoming a distant memory, still brings a smile and sense of relief. Even if you experienced the usual wobbles along the way, you appreciate that this is all part of the learning curve; the frequent challenges of becoming a be...
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Work hard and smart: four simple ways to help your students improve their revision

Why do some people learn at a faster rate than others? Answering this question has been researcher K. Anders Ericsson's life work. He has studied expert performers in various walks of life, including chess, music, sport and business. He found that experts in these very different areas shared one thing in common: they didn't just work hard, they wor...
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Twitter NQT surgery: the secrets of a productive summer

It's summer! For teachers, that means the holidays are either incredibly close or already here (for a lucky few). But for those on either side of their NQT year, it may not be the most relaxing time. If you've just wrapped up your final term as an NQT, you may be looking towards September with a mixture of excitement and apprehension as increa...
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Twitter chat round-up: advice for NQTs

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, but your NQT year is never dull. Last Sunday, we held an NQT surgery on Twitter to look at some of the issues facing new teachers in that high-pressure period. Here are the highlights: What are your top tips for surviving and thriving the NQT year? John Socha, primary school educator and the creato...
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Six top tips on how to use retrieval practice in the classroom

Not all revision techniques are equal: one of the most effective methods is retrieval practice, also known as the testing effect. Retrieval practice refers to any activity that forces you to generate an answer to a question . It has consistently been proven to help students improve retention and recall (and subsequently exam performance). So, ...
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