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  • The Challenge of Adult Learning (Maximising your CPD)

    Published 25/06/18, by Andrea Taylor

    The challenges that come with adult learning are common and absolutely predictable.  The key to understanding the challenges of adult learning comes with an appreciation of the fact that adults arrive at the table with a significant body of existing knowledge and experience.  It is this prior learning that creates problems when we are leading teaching or training that challenges existing practice, or introduces new concepts.

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  • NQT Life

    Published 17/06/18, by Andrea Taylor

    This week's Monday Blog comes from a talk given by Miss J Dodd, teacher of English and NQT here at South.  In this talk, she shared her wisdom on what to expect during your NQT year.

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  • Getting Your First Job: The Interview

    Published 14/05/18, by Andrea Taylor

    This week's guest blog is provided by Jenny Wright,  one of our Recently Qualified teachers and former School Direct Trainee.  In this post she describes her experience of seeking her first NQT job and offers some words of advice to current trainees.

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  • Developing Confidence as an NQT

    Published 11/05/18, by Andrea Taylor

    This week's guest blog comes from @Y3NQT who writes and tweets from the perspective of a primary NQT.  This post is based on a presentation she gave at our annual #NQTeachMeet18 in May 2018.

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  • What makes a great NQT Mentor?

    Published 11/05/18, by Andrea Taylor

    Being an NQT mentor is a hugely responsible but also rewarding experience for a teacher.  But what distinguishes a ‘good’ mentor from a ‘great’ one?  Our NQT Training Director James Siddle gives his top tips on what makes a ‘great’ mentor.     

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  • Leading A Mentally Healthy School

    Published 30/04/18, by Andrea Taylor

    There is a growing Mental Health crisis in schools.  Evidence shows that across the UK Mental Health issues in children are increasing, while child well-being is deteriorating. In a recent study carried out by Young Minds, 90% of school leaders reported an increase in the number of students experiencing anxiety and stress in the last five years.

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  • Three Big Top Tips to Start Your Career in Teaching!

    Published 20/04/18, by Andrea Taylor

    We are delighted to share a guest blog with you this week, from our friends at Decisive Element, Gary Toward and Chris Henley, authors of the 'Art of Being Brilliant' series and all-round good eggs. 

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  • Why You Should Encourage Your Teachers to Tweet

    Published 26/03/18, by Andrea Taylor

    While there is no reliable way to measure the number of teachers using twitter, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that this platform is fast becoming an essential resource for teachers of all phases and sectors around the world.  A quick search of ‘why teachers should tweet’ returns a number of different testimonials from teachers reporting that the use of twitter for professional purposes ‘changed practices’, ‘renewed enthusiasm’ and even ‘improved wellbeing.’  With so many teachers now using twitter regularly to engage in debate and discussion, to share resources and to access the latest news, events and developments from across the educational world, it would be difficult to deny its potential power.  Read our 3 reasons to engage with twitter below…

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  • Leadership Development: Resilience

    Published 21/03/18, by Andrea Taylor

    A person is described as resilient when they are able to ‘bounce back’ from problems, challenges and set-backs quickly and effectively.  Being ‘calm in a crisis’ or being ‘everyone’s rock’ is not necessarily the same as being resilient.  The demonstration of resilience requires the presence of difficulty, challenge or upset.  The most resilient people don’t simply bounce back unscathed, but rather they learn more about themselves through failure and often return stronger and more competent.

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  • Leadership Development: Communication

    Published 20/03/18, by Andrea Taylor

    Time to sit down and talk can be a scarce commodity in schools. For Middle Leaders especially, who are required day –to-day to balance the demands of their teams, their students and Senior Leaders, time efficient and effective communication is vital to sustain forward momentum and keep their teams motivated and pulling together.  This post looks at three important areas of leadership where the ‘how’ of what you say can be more important, or as important as the ‘what’.

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  • 5 Ways you can (and should) engage with education research!

    Published 20/03/18, by Andrea Taylor

    Read this post for 5 simple ways that all classroom teachers and school leaders can become more evidence informed.

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  • Managing Workload: Finding the Balance

    Published 06/03/18, by Andrea Taylor

    This week we welcomed back our cohort of NQTs for day three of their NQT Induction training.  One of the key themes of our training is managing workload and maintaining a healthy balance in life between the demands of work and leisure time.  Read more about our advice for sustaining a healthy balance in this blog post.

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