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How Thunks Helped Us Survive Lockdown

Associate and Year Three teacher Mark Creasy shares the many, many ways he uses Thunks and how they have been a godsend to keep his class thinking through lock down

A Message to NQTs Everywhere

Associate Martin Illingworth is a senior lecturer on the Sheffield Hallam University PGCE programme. Here is his message to the NQT class of 2020.

The Object Permanence of Friendship

We asked Year One teacher and SENCo Beth Dawes for her views about relationships, friendship and helping some of our most vulnerable young learners. 

Echo Teaching III

Part Three of a guest blog from Sara Alston looking at how teachers can make better use of the TA in the classroom when they move beyond the 'echo teaching' model.

Echo Teaching II

Part Two on the most - and least - effective use of your TA from guest blogger Sara Alston.

Echo Teaching I

As part of our INSET Junction project we asked for a guest blog from SEND and safeguarding specialist Sara Alston. This is part one on her thoughts about getting the best out of the Teaching Assistants in our classrooms.

The Cookie Jar Checklist

Freelance trainer and consultant Mark Goodwin has put forward this really useful checklist of how to go about building and maintaining effective relationships with young people to help them learn well. A guest blog as part of our INSET Junction project.

Stories Not Worksheets

Drama specialist Paul Bateson shares his experience of what happens when you ignore the worksheets left out for you for the cover lesson and employ some storytelling magic instead. Part of the INSET Junction series.

#elcolentucasa

We have a great friend and colleague in Madrid called Juan Carlos García and we asked him for his view of the educational landscape from, literally, his balcony in a city under siege.

You Are Not Alone

We are collating an on-going list of links, ideas, websites, blogs and more to help educators and leaders (and human beings) during this difficult time. Please help yourselves and let us know what else we can add.

What is Trauma-Informed Education and Why is it Relevant to You?

A powerful and insightful guest blog on what all teachers need to know about trauma-informed education by specialist teacher and researcher Kat Stern.

The Dangers of Effective Teaching Part I

In the first instalment of a two-part blog on care, warmth and botheredness in the classroom, long-time Associate and Travelling Teacher Hywel Roberts shares his thoughts on why being an effective teacher is not really enough.

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