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How to unwind over Christmas: top tips for teachers

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 It's the most wonderful time of year – unless you spend it stressing about school, of course. The Christmas break comes at the end of what many teachers say is the toughest term of the year, so it's imperative that you recuperate properly. We spoke to teachers and other experts to get their advice on making the most of break. Elizabeth Aubrey...
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Five scientifically proven ways to help your students master the art of concentration

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A recent study found that students' minds are most likely to wander in class on Mondays and Fridays . Getting rid of weekends (which are clearly very distracting) isn't an option, but there are ways to help improve their concentration, even from a very young age . Here's how. Encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast   There is a growing ...
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#UKgovchat round-up: how governors can prepare for an Ofsted inspection

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​ Getting 'the call' from Ofsted is rarely met with joy (to put it mildly), but it doesn't have to be a moment of panic for school governors. Last week we hosted #ukgovchat and asked the great school governor minds of Twitter for their advice and wisdom on how to (or whether to) prepare for an inspection. What Ofsted says: @EdCentral @HarfordSean w...
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Memorising facts isn't enough. But metacognition can change students' approach to learning

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I am a big believer in using researched and proven learning strategies to improve retention of classroom material. I have applied strategies in my high school advanced placement psychology classes and have seen notable improvements in test scores, study habits and students' understanding of their learning. Improvement in test scores is importa...
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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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