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Easy as ABC (or CPD) – a beginner's guide to education acronyms

Easy as ABC (or CPD) – a beginner's guide to education acronyms
​Education is awash with acronyms. ITT is tricky at the best of times, but it can be even harder if you don't know your SLT from your HOYs, HODs or HOFs – or your LOs from your LOs (yes, there are two kinds). Here's our brief guide to the acronyms you are most likely to come across regularly (we would rival War and Peace if we included them all). A...
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School's out, sofa's in. Teachers share their favourite education films and books

School's out, sofa's in. Teachers share their favourite education films and books
​ Our latest NQT surgery looked at how new teachers can spend the summer holidays wisely – with the overwhelming advice being to relax, recuperate and not think about work. We know that's easier said than done, however. But rather than taking on mountains of planning or crafting intricately annotated seating plans (which you'll almost definitely ha...
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Twitter NQT surgery: the secrets of a productive summer

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

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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10 top tips to help teachers survive report-writing season

10 top tips to help teachers survive report-writing season
Your son is a saint – unfortunately the saint I refer to is the patron saint of fools Anon ​ You've marked your last assessment, planned your final lessons and you can nearly feel the drink in your hand and the sun on your back. The only thing standing between you and your summer holiday? A mountain of reports to write. Here, we ask teachers t...
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