Author Archives: stephenburtonuk

How to get staff and pupils excited about well-being – create a well-being week

How to engage the full school community in a well-being week (full downloadable resource pack is linked from this blog which will save you a lot of time). Acknowledgements I was initially inspired by the ideas and blog from @TeacherToolkit … Continue reading

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How to save time marking and giving feedback

SMART marking – quick ways of assessing and giving feedback I often speak to private and public sector workers who get paid overtime and work to a standard set of hours.  Many get paid an additional increment for working overtime, … Continue reading

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Twitter Video Tutorials

Click on the links below to visit our Twitter video tutorials: [1] Setting up a Twitter account [2]  Adding a profile picture [3] Basic settings [4] Finding information and following [5] Posting a retweet [6] Posting my first tweet [7] … Continue reading

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Teachers’ Tryathlon – get teachers tweeting

“If CPD is a wall of knowledge, Twitter creates the cement that binds the bricks together” Twitter has been described by many colleagues as a way of transforming their teaching with the excellent bank of ideas, resources and general chat … Continue reading

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How to mark SMARTER [PART 1]

This blog will help teachers to reduce the amount of time that they spend marking and giving feedback. This is the first blog in our new series on #smartmarking This blog is aimed at saving you time and helping you … Continue reading

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Ten Twitter Accounts that Teachers and the Education Community might want to follow

Twitter is an outstanding education resource library.  However, with the growing number of Twitter accounts, it can often seem impossible to search the growing education network for people to follow.  We have created a list of 10 education accounts that … Continue reading

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10 ways to ensure that happiness is a priority in schools

Is there room for teaching happiness in the Government’s pursuit to push UK schools up the international league tables? In the early stages of the introduction of the EBacc, I remember the term ‘Gove’s robots’ being used, referring to a … Continue reading

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Why the butterfly? A tribute to all people who share ideas

Teaching is a job that allows you to transform the lives of others.  However, it is often difficult to see the fruits of your labour as the impact of inspirational teaching develops over time, sometimes when the pupils have left … Continue reading

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10 things schools should do to reduce stress during an OFSTED inspection

Consider the following: We all feel our stress levels rise when an OFSTED inspection is looming.  An expectation to do the ‘impossible’ job of teaching to a consistent outstanding level.  During the small pocket of inspection time which we think verifies  our … Continue reading

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Imagine an undercover OFSTED inspector!

Imagine an inspection system where we had an ‘undercover inspector’.  The inspector would come to your school disguised as a member of staff.  Would she or he disguise themself as the boss, a senior leader, a teacher, a teaching assistant … Continue reading

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