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What’s Your Problem?

Reflective Practice to Lead Change

We all know the power that our words can have on our students and colleagues but how often do we stop to think about the power of our words upon ourselves? Take the title of this article and the word, “problem”. Where did that take you? Did you picture your worst class? You pile of marking, your failing departments, your demanding parents or that one child that you cannot get through to? Did your …

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What do teachers do that leads to everyday greatness?

The best teachers recognise and embrace their potential to have a transformative impact on the wider future of the nation, and beyond. By promoting positive values, including tolerance, understanding and inclusion, this sense of moral purpose is the engine that drives the best teachers. It is a privilege to be a teacher, to have the opportunity to impact positively on the lives of so many young pe…

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Safeguarding children in education

Our free expert webinar will be on Tuesday 11 December 2018, and will be delivered by Ms. Soola Georgiou. Target audience Headteachers/Principals, Senior Leaders, named and designated safeguarding leads, Teachers and support staff, School governors/trustees Learning Outcomes By the end of the session you should have awareness and understanding of the changes in statutory guidance Keeping Children …

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Changing the way we support SEND

Changing the way we support SEND

Our free expert webinar will be on Tuesday 27 November 2018, and will be delivered by Ms. Sam Garner.Target audienceSENCos, Learning Support Staff, SLT, Teaching Assistants.Learning OutcomesBy the end of the session you should be able to:Understand how support for SEND students is changing and why.Audit current SEND provision.Establish training requirements.Construct SEND development plan.Webinar …

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Teaching English as an Additional Language in the Mainstream Classroom

Teaching English as an Additional Language in the Mainstream Classroom

Our free expert webinar will be on Tuesday 30 October 2018 at 17:30 (UK time), and will be delivered by Siobhan Parker.…

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10 steps to managing a cohesive classroom

Behaviour for Learning

Based on the work of Dr. Bill Rodgers, behaviour management guru, we have put together a quick list of ‘10 simple steps to managing a cohesive classroom’ that you can use and share…

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Keeping Children Safe in Education

DfE Changes from 3rd September 2018

Statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ comes into force on 3 rd September. This means staff should be trained, and safeguarding and child protection policies updated, specifically in the following areas:

The designated safeguarding lead (DSL) is now expected to have ‘a complete safeguarding picture’, with their deputies trained to the same standard. Staff need to be aware of the re…

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12 morale boosters to help build a high-performance nurturing culture in your school

Boost staff performance by adopting these simple morale boosters, helping create even better opportunities and providing a platform that nurtures skills and talents every…

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Communication for Excellent Classroom Behaviour

Building a culture of high performance

Communication for Excellent Classroom Behaviour

Our free expert webinar will be on Tuesday 11 September 2018 at 17:30 (UK time), and will be delivered by Lisa Jane Ash…

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20 top revision and exam tips for your students

Effective revision:

Divide study time into timetabled chunks, so your revision has structure.

Make notes in a way that fosters self-testing.

Allow extra time for more difficult s…

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Wellbeing in Education

Do we have a problem in our schools?

There is a growing concern and an increase with Mental and Emotional health issues in our schools. We need to stand together, work as one, and support each other to be emotional and physically healthy. Develop resilience, seek to …

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If They Don’t Remember, Can They Really Know?

Tips for using effective revision strategies that strengthen students’ retrieval capacity

“But... I don’t know how to revise...” Sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s a common phrase we hear from our students when it comes to exam prep. It can also serve as a reminder that it is vital we consider not just the content…

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The Cornell Note-Taking System

Before easter, it's always a difficult period for students. This is why we have put together a free teaching resource entitled 'The Cornell Note-Taking System' — a useful revision tool for students to use when preparing for exams…

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CPD Impact

Measuring the impact of your CPD programme.

CPD Impact

Our free expert webinar on Well-Being will be on Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 13:30 (GMT), and will be delivered by Costa Constantinou.…

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Wellbeing

Prioritising Wellbeing in School.

Wellbeing

Our free expert webinar on Well-Being will be on Monday 07 May 2018 at 17:00 (BST), and will be delivered by Nina Jacks…

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On The Spot Differentiation

Practical, realistic differentiation for all.

Join our new 'deeper-dive' premium webinar delivered by recognised thought-leaders in education.

Our two-part webinar on…

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Safer Recruitment for British International Schools

Safer Recruitment for British International Schools

Our free expert webinar on Safe Recruitment will be on Thursday 15 March 2018 at 13:30 (GMT), and will be delivered by Soola Georgiou.…

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Neuroscience in Education

Join our new 'deeper-dive' premium webinar delivered by recognised thought-leaders in education.

Our two-part webinar on…

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84% of students say re-reading notes and textbooks is their primary study technique

When revising, do your students:…

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EAL Matters

Nurturing EAL towards Bilingual

EAL Matters

Our free expert webinar on EAL Matters will be on Thursday 18 January 2018, and will be delivered by Ms. Lisa Ashes.

Tar…

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12 morale boosters to see in the New Year

Building teacher morale, especially in the winter months and after a school holiday, is vital to creating schools and classrooms where teachers and students feel positive and excel. Here are a few easy to use morale boosters to he…

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Free Practical Teaching Strategies and Resources to Add to your Festive eStocking Filler

It’s about that time of year when many of us will be thinking of gifts for our loved ones. Why not a…

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Christmas Stocking CPD Checklist

As this year draws to a close and you busily tick off your Christmas checklist, take a moment to reflect on your professional development so far and what you aspire to going forward. Below is a CPD checklist that will help you along the way.

All CPD should…

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Teaching Sensitive Topics

We have created a list of links to resources and possible themes to introduce the topic or important…

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Access All Areas

Making every child matter

Access All Areas

Our free expert webinar on Access All Areas will be on Wednesday 06 December 2017, and will be delivered by Ms. Nina Jackson.

Wit…

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Assessment In Practice

An offer for COBIS schools

Following on from our recent highly subscribed webinar ‘The Perfect Assessment for Learning: Practic…

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Voice Matters

Building awareness of how voice can have an impact on your teaching

Voice Matters

Our free expert webinar on Voice Matters will be on Thursday 23 November 2017, and will be delivered by Ms. Alexandra Charalambous.

Ab…

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Safeguarding

Six-part strategy to teach sensitive issues

Safeguarding

Our free expert webinar on Safeguarding will be on Thursday 09 November 2017, and will be delivered by Ms. Karen Bell.

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The Perfect Assessment for Learning

Practical strategies for boosting both engagement and progress through formative assessment

The Perfect Assessment for Learning

Our free expert webinar on Assessment for Learning will be on Thursday 02 November 2017, in association with COBIS, and will be delivered by Ms. Claire Gadsby.

“There is nothing tha…

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Growth Mindset Language

Why not use these growth-minded phrases in the classroom to support your students with their learnin…

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Reflection Point Questions

Nine important questions to ask yourself this year…

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A weekend of CPD workshops in Madrid

King's Group Professional Development Weekend (27–28th October), in the vibrant city of Madrid, where our expert trainer and consulta…

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Nurturing EAL Towards Bilingual

Our upcoming one-day EAL CPD training conferences will be delivered on 23 and 24 October in association with COBIS in Nairobi, Kenya.…

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How getting professional development right can boost teacher retention

Teaching has always been demanding.

When I first entered the profession in 2002, I remember thinking that my own teachers surely couldn’t have worked this hard, or spent so long marking my tests. Clearly they had because I did quite well, and as we know, students don’t get good results without the hard work of effective, passionate teachers. Yet it’s t…

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The Changing Face of Safeguarding

This year has again seen a wide variety of reports and case reviews published both in the UK and internationally all identifying the missed opportunities to keep children safe and therefore putting them at risk of abuse or neglect. The children’s commissioner (UK) issued a recent report (July 2017) stating that there are currently about 11 million chi…

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How to measure CPD (infographic)

We know that the most effective CPD transforms teaching practice and improves student outcomes — but how do you measure this? The following handy infographic framework will help you go about evaluating CPD in your school.

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UK A-level and GCSE results in 2017

The 17th–24th August was a momentous week in the lives of many 16–18 year olds, educators and politicians, all waiting nervously for exam results.

Always a newsworthy event, this year it was made more so by huge changes to grading systems and syllabus over the previous twelve months. Not only was there a new ‘linear’ A-level with students taking exams at the end of a two-year programme, but also re…

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Top tips on evaluating teacher CPD in your school

One of the greatest influences on student outcomes is by improving both teaching and learning through effective teacher CPD. Yet few schools evaluate its impact adequately, or even at all. Unless you do so, it is difficult to know to what extent a CPD programme has benefited a school or offered value for money.

The following initial framework will help…

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10 Simple Steps to Managing a Cohesive Classroom

Based on the work of Dr. Bill Rodgers, behaviour management guru, we have put together a quick list of ‘10 simple steps to managing a cohesive classroom’ that you can use and share with colleagues to share best practice:

Take pupils back to the original behaviour before dealing with, or getting distracted by, secondary behaviours.

Be consistent. Display rules clearly on classrooms walls …

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Tips to Make Exam Study Stick!

As a former school leader I know only to well how important the next few months are for your students as well as yourselves. This is why before the Easter break I sent you a free teaching resource entitled 'The Cornell Note Taking System', which is a useful revision tool for students to use when note-taking and preparing for exams (click on the button on the right to get it).

We have put together a…

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Successful School Leadership

Course Overview: Two Day Course

There probably isn’t an educational institution in the world whose success can’t be linked to its leadership. But such success is often less a question of having someone take charge than of giving individuals the chance to take charge. Which is why it’s important to provide leaders with the opportunity to explore and develop their own leadership potential through a t…

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Free National Careers Week Tutor Resource

We are proud to be #NCW2017 ambassadors!

To celebrate next week’s National Careers Week, we have put together a free tutor resource for you and your students to enjoy.

Do share with colleagues in your school and on social media and let us know how you get on!

Have a great week!

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Rev Up Your Revision! Motivational Study Skills Assembly!

Mr Beezy of TMI Seminars and Mr Costa Constantinou of Veema Education have joined forces to launch an exciting new motivational and effective study habits student assembly for the build-up to exams.

Rev Up Your Revision is a one hour, non-stop, high impact assembly that’ll leave your students inspired, motivated and tooled-up with effective learning techniques based on research from The Science of …

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Make Learning Stick!

84% of university students surveyed report re-reading notes and text books as their most popular study habit.

When revising, do your students:

Re-read pages and pages of notes and tell you they don’t know how to revise?

‘Cram’ before exams?

Feel anxious about not retaining enough information?

If you answered YES to any of the above, then our study programmes will support your students to become better …

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8 morale boosters to bolster staff performance

Building teacher morale, especially in the winter months and in the build-up to exams, is vital to creating schools and classrooms where teachers and children are happy and excel. Here are a few easy to use morale boosters to help you this term:

Hand out a teaching and learning resource box.

Arrange regular ‘Feel Good Fridays’ in the staffroom at break time (even some biscuits or donuts with a mug o…

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Ensure best practice in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

Ensure best practice in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children

Our free safeguarding expert webinar will be on Tuesday 24 January in association with COBIS.

“How international schools can ensure best practice in safeguarding and promoting…

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What we know about evaluating the impact of continuous professional development (CPD)

Effective teacher CPD improves teaching and learning and has one of the largest impact on student outcomes (Hargreaves, 1994 and Craft, 2000). This means that getting it right is crucial. But, when it comes to CPD, how do we know we are getting it right? It’s a topic I regularly raise in my initial consultation meetings with schools and other educational institutions and it’s often the case that t…

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Make mock exam prep a little different this year...

To really boost the rate of student information retention and retrieval at this critical time why not consider offering them one of the following options:

Student Assembly: Revision Techniques All studentsA 40-minute assembly exploring the science behind how we learn and sharing proven learning techniques that enable students to squeeze the most out of the time and resources available to them. We t…

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Half price offer on select in-house Teacher CPD

You will be interested to know about our current half price special offer for teacher CPD training programmes. Each programme can run over one or two days in your school for a duration of up to six hours a day to as many members of staff as needed.

Price: £800 per day(normally £1,600)

Excludes travel and accommodation. Terms and conditions apply. The offer applies for any bookings made before Friday…

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Student assemblies to fire up the brain!

Do you remember the most impactful school assemblies that stimulated your mind?

They captured your attention and led you on a journey. But creating these special moments takes time and effort. That’s why more and more schools are using our 40-minute Student Assemblies to ignite their students’ interest. Fun and interactive, we can target them at specific pupils or whole year groups.

We can do the sa…

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Supercharging AS- and A-Level Selection — Masterclass

As Year 11 decisions can affect university or career choices further down the line, students must be able to make the best-informed decisions about which subjects and courses to choose at sixth form.

Through engaging interactive sessions, our Step It Up Masterclass enables them to do that. This information-rich masterclass can be tailored to any group’s needs to provide students with all the import…

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Lead the Charge to Change

Education in England is undergoing huge structural upheaval. With local authorities side-lined as more schools become academies, and parent governors increasingly disenfranchised (White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, Department of Education, 2016), the fragmentation of the system is already having a chaotic impact on school placement planning.

On top of this, the crisis in teacher recrui…

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Ten morale boosters to help kick-start your school year (2016/17)

As you welcome back your staff and students you are probably thinking of ways to keep morale high as senior leadership teams know only too well that happier teachers often means happier children.

To spur this forward, adopting our ten morale boosters will help boost staff performance creating even better working opportunities and providing a platform that nurtures skills and talent every day!

Prepar…

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The Memory Game

Boosting Pupil Information Retrieval

Whether it be individual lessons, schemes of work or curriculums, it’s very easy to focus on what is being taught in a school. But how often do you stop to consider effective ways to ensure that students actually remember the content and are able to recall and utilise it at a later date? What strategies can be used to ensure that the teaching going on in their establishment really ‘sticks’ and in …

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Expanding The Mind

The Growth Mindset Way

Like many, I was pushed to work hard from a young age to make sure I passed those exams. Looking back, I realise instead of being praised for the effort I put in, my success was entirely measured by the grades I achieved. My experience of rewarding achievement is typical, both as a student and as an educator. This stems from a system where many schools are driven by results-orientated approaches t…

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Managing Change Effectively

Using Kotter’s ‘Theory of Change’

We need to embrace change in order to develop and grow — successful organisations regularly take the time to reflect on their goals, make adjustments and set new targets. Over the last few years, schools across the country have undergone significant programmes of change and development as a result of government initiatives — all of which have had to be implemented and managed by each school’s lead…

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Ten morale boosters to bolster staff performance

As you are welcoming back your staff and students you are probably thinking of ways to keep morale high. With lots of imminent changes in education, many of which are taking place this September, there is no better time than now to think about how to achieve this over the next ten months. After all, creating supportive workplaces that encourage staff to reflect, grow and develop in a positive way …

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How getting into the habit of reflection raises student attainment

It probably only feels like yesterday that you were sitting in September’s INSET listening to your head teacher talk about the year ahead or clearing out your cupboard and recycling old Year 11 exercise books. Ten months later, it’s June. GCSE, AS and A-level exams are well under way and you’re starting to anticipate the start of the long holiday that heralds the end of yet another memorable acade…

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10 Ways to Make Marking Matter

Getting the best out of students

As a teacher there is nothing more frustrating and disheartening when marking your students’ work than realising that their understanding doesn’t match your expectation. How best to address this issue to ensure your students continue to progress in your classroom?

Effective marking can raise standards in schools

I am pleased to see that we have moved on from the days of the simple ‘tick and flick’ o…

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Playing to your strengths — the art of effective revision

No two learners are the same. We all approach the learning process from a unique perspective but it can be difficult to pinpoint why we find it easy to recall some facts while others seem to slip through our minds like water through a sieve. So when exams are looming, what can we do to maximise our chances of remembering the dates, names and formulae we need to get the best marks we can?

How do you…

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It must be remembered that the purpose of education is not to fill the minds of students with facts. It is to teach them to think.
Robert M. Hutchins (1899–1977)

The universal right to education

Inclusiveness in education policy and the role of schools

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion featuring keynote speaker and published author Valentina Migliarini.

Drawing on her extensive experience in the field, Valentina Migliarini will answer questions such as ‘what is inclusion?’ and ‘how do related educational policies influence teachers and students in their daily lives?’. The talk will be chaired by Costas Constantinou of Veema Educational…

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