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Guest Blog - Sara Alston on Echo Teaching Part One

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.

Four-minute read

Guest Blog - Mark Goodwin on 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.

Three-minute read

The Last Sympathy Card in Tesco

Long-time Associate Nina - Ninja - Jackson sums up the mood of the nation after an emotional trip to her local Tesco in search of a sympathy card.

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A Guest Blog from Dave Green on Altruism

Educator Dave Green shares his thoughts on the true nature of altruism in a post-COVID society - what it is and what it isn't.

Five-minute read

So You Want to Build a New School

We were asked a while back for our thoughts about building a new school from scratch. Drawing on his experience in schools and school systems around the world, these are Ian Gilbert's 32 surprising recommendations. 

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Connectivity

Head of PE at Hartland International School in Dubai, Niall Statham, shares his thoughts on what it is that online education - indeed all education - has at its heart.

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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. 

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Patience, Coronavirus and the Kestrel of Hope

A guest post from Andrew - Bernie - Bernard about the power of hope and patience at times such as these and what we can all learn from young Billy Casper.

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The Fruits of Kindness

As part of our opening of these blog pages to guest writers for INSET Junction during the Covid-19 school closures, here is a great post by SEND specialist Ginny Bootman on the power of kindness.

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Shaping Their World

A guest blog from artist, teacher, researcher and INSET Junction member Pete Moorhouse who argues passionately for the importance of woodwork in early childhood education and all the many benefits it brings.

Five-minute read

Observations

We asked Associate and Restorative Practice guru Mark Finnis what lessons he had gleaned, heard or observed about relationships, people and communities during this current crisis. Here are 43 truisms he has picked up. So far...

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Teaching Students with Emotional, Behavioural and Mental Health Difficulties

Associate and behaviour specialist Adele Bates shares with us her expert thoughts on teaching students with emotional, behavioural and mental health challenges.

Four-minute read

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