Classroom Practice · NQT

The One Resource That Every Classroom Needs

I love a good IKEA shop. I live for a browse around Tiger. Wandering around a Wilko makes me ridiculously happy. Why? Because they are a goldmine of fantastic teaching resources. There's one resource, however, that I recently purchased that is my most invaluable piece of equipment: the visualiser. Read on to find out the… Continue reading The One Resource That Every Classroom Needs

NQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

Honesty Is The Best Policy

Marking, e-safety and behaviour. These three are a mere snippet of the policies necessary to allow a school to run consistently and smoothly. Perhaps the most important policy, though, is one of honesty. Throughout my NQT year, I've been struck by the benefits of just simply telling the truth to enable myself, other staff members,… Continue reading Honesty Is The Best Policy

NQT · Wellbeing and Staff Morale

Success Criteria for a Staff Social

I've been relatively quiet on the blogging front for the past couple of weeks. This is partly due to the excitement of half term taking over my very soul. However, it's also because my brain has been a little pre-occupied by pre-hosting nerves. (Or, perhaps more accurately, overwhelming panic.) My worries were the typical 'What… Continue reading Success Criteria for a Staff Social

Assessment and Feedback · NQT

ITAF – Interim Teacher Assessment Framework or Inanely Ticking Any Features? My thoughts on the end of KS2 writing assessment.

"Okay, your time is up. Please put your pencils down and close your booklets. Well done Year 6 teachers; you have survived the SATS," utters the invigilator matter-of-factly. All the teachers breathe out a sigh - or whimper - of relief. As they grin around the classroom, giving thumbs up to their fellow comrades, a… Continue reading ITAF – Interim Teacher Assessment Framework or Inanely Ticking Any Features? My thoughts on the end of KS2 writing assessment.