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I nearly left teaching after the first term – 30 years on, here’s my advice for those considering quitting

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Growing up, the only thing I ever wanted to do was to be a teacher. I loved my subject, English, and wanted a career that let me continue to read and discuss, think and learn, and convey my enthusiasm for my subject to others. As a child I played "school" with my dolls and my friends and always took the teacher role. I completed a PGCE after m...
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From CVs to interview lessons: 9 top tips for applying for teaching jobs as an NQT

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  As the final term of the year gets into full swing, many student teachers will be turning their attentions to job applications for newly-qualified teacher (NQT) roles. Job hunting is stressful enough, but it's especially so for those new to the profession. How can you impress headteachers when you don't have years of experience and results t...
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A beginner's guide to Tim Oates CBE

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Where does he work? Tim Oates is Group Director of Assessment Research & Development at Cambridge Assessment, which operates and manages three exam boards and undertakes research on assessment in education. His role involves leading a 40+ research group which focuses on national and international research on assessment and measurement. Quick fa...
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Do academy chief executives need to be education experts?

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Research shows that in a number of settings – such as hospitals and universities – there is a correlation between the 'expert knowledge' of the leader and organisational performance. In their 2015 paper, A Theory Exploring How Expert Leaders Influence Performance in Knowledge-Intensive Organizations , Amanda Goodall and Agnes Bäker digest research ...
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Six top tips on how to use retrieval practice in the classroom

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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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