What’s in my supply bag?

So it's the night before Summer Term starts, and I'm sat here asking myself two questions. 1. Where has the Easter holidays gone? Honestly, it can't have been two weeks and 2. Oh god is my supply bag ready? Even after 18 months I still get the pre-term jitters of supply, not knowing what is … Continue reading What’s in my supply bag?

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How I use mindfulness to help primary children alleviate stress and anxiety.

After being in a Year 5 class on supply which had children who were very anxious and full of worries I found out about the amazing benefits of mindfulness sessions and have taken it and implemented in many classes and schools on supply. Today Channel 4 News did a segment on mindfulness I thought it … Continue reading How I use mindfulness to help primary children alleviate stress and anxiety.

DfE are allowing unlimited resits for the Professional Skills Tests

I feel like I've been making a lot of DfE response posts, but I keep finding interesting changes or ideas they wish to implement and want to discuss and this one in particular really caught my eye. Now I was one of the first wave of trainee teachers who had to have passed the professional … Continue reading DfE are allowing unlimited resits for the Professional Skills Tests

Trials begin for new ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ in UK schools

After the success of the Phonics Screening Check, the DfE announced on the 14th February 2018 that they are trialing a mathematics counterpart to check children's times table knowledge from the 1 times table to the 12 times table. The Phonics Screening Check is dependent on children's understanding of sounds and being able to correctly … Continue reading Trials begin for new ‘Multiplication Tables Check’ in UK schools

Reducing Teacher Workload – my thoughts on the government’s policy paper.

On the 17th January 2018 the Department for Education in England published "Reducing teacher workload" where they state that they are trying to remove unnecessary workload so that we, the teachers, can focus on what our job should centre around, the teaching, children and our own personal development. But how much will actually change from … Continue reading Reducing Teacher Workload – my thoughts on the government’s policy paper.