Blogs

Sue Atkins on parent-school communication

Parent-school communication: How much is too much?

ITV’s parenting expert and former Deputy Head Sue Atkins discussesthe best way to engage parents, and the dos and don'ts of parent-school communication… Making the transition from primary to secondary school is both exciting and challenging for…
Charles Tracy, Institute of Physics

Why it’s never been more vital that we support physics teachers

QA Education asked Charles Tracy, Head of Education at the Institute of Physics, about physics teacher recruitment and how despite a rise in applications, the nation is facing a shortfall of educators in this subject… Institute of Physics Q&A…
Children playing on playground

How the School playground nurtures resilience and encourage physical goals

Rose Hardy, Headmistress at St Margaret’s School shares her thoughts on how the school playground plays a big part of the development of children.  Play time is more than simply a part of the day for children to let off steam. While all children…
School garden with orange flowers

How to plan perfect school garden

Alana Cama, Schools and Groups Programme Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) talks you through the steps to planning the perfect school garden. Gardening is a trick up many schools’ sleeves – helping to get pupils active, boost…
Careers – female apprentice in a factory

The gender gap in STEM careers

STEM subjects encompass stereotypically male-dominated careers: science, technology, engineering, and maths. History has always leaned in favour of men within these subjects, which could explain why the number of females in these industries is still…
Katy Parkinson, founder and director of Lexonik by Sound Training, discusses how literacy training can improve the experience which academics have when attending UK universities

English as an additional language: literacy training

Katy Parkinson, founder and director of Lexonik by Sound Training, discusses how literacy training can improve the experience which academics have when attending UK universities… Academics with English as an additional language (EAL) can benefit…
Beth Goddard - school leavers as role models

The value of recent school leavers as role models.

It’s a positive step that the benefits of bringing employer volunteers into the classroom are now much more widely recognised and shows the value of recent school leavers as role models.  Gatsby benchmark number 5 highlights multiple encounters with…
apprenticeships – a young man in an engineering lab

Can apprenticeships close the UK's STEM skills gap?

A lack of workers with the correct STEM skills is reportedly costing the UK economy around £1.5 billion per annum. But could improving and developing STEM apprenticeships be the solution? Apprenticeships are becoming more popular than ever before,…
Louise Doyle, director at Mesma, on ensuring the quality of apprenticeships

APPRENTICESHIPS: A QUESTION OF QUALITY

Louise Doyle, director at Mesma, on ensuring the quality of apprenticeships... The figures below are the results of Ofsted inspection activity in-year. It’s important to note these grades are for apprenticeship provision. This means they are not…
GAG pooling - Mat Smith on improving school finance

School finance – has your MAT considered GAG pooling?

Mat Smith, chartered certified accountant and solutions architect at PS Financials, part of the IRIS Software Group, puts a spotlight on improving school finance through General Annual Grant (GAG) pooling. Lord Agnew, the under-secretary of state…
Najwa Jawahar at the Rocking Ur Teens careers event

Girls in STEM careers: Nothing is impossible

Najwa Jawahar MEng, BEng CEng MIStructE, is a senior structural engineer at WSP – which provides a range of services from building high-rise property to mining precious metals. Here, she reviews the Rocking Ur Teens event which took place earlier…
The Speaker's Coach Graham Shaw, expert on public speaking

Brilliant body language for public speaking

The Speaker's Coach Graham Shaw discusses how teachers can help children to speak with confidence, through effective public speaking skills… When speaking to a group, a few aspects of body language can make all the difference. Body language matters…
careers advice tips for SEND teachers - young people at work

Keeping careers advice accessible: Top tips for SEND teachers

Kirstie Mackey, Head of Barclays LifeSkills, on how relating careers advice to real-life school situations can help pupils with SEND to explore their employment potential… Helping young people realise their aspirations and reach their full…
maths mastery - Katie Hiatt, publisher at Pearson

UNCOVERED: Maths mastery for four-year-olds

Katie Hiatt is a Publisher at Pearson and has led the development of Power Maths Reception. Here, she explains the CPA method and how it's suited to children in early years. With a mastery approach becoming increasingly popular in primary schools,…
Cath Hunter - expert in child mental health, talks about using reflective language

Using reflective language to support child mental health and well-being

Cath Hunter is a therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and author with over 30 years’ experience of working with schools, children and families. Here, she discusses reflective language and its impact on children with behavioural issues……
Haylie Taylor, EducationCity’s education consultant and a former teacher, on pupil self-assessment

Helping pupils thrive through self-assessment

Haylie Taylor, EducationCity’s education consultant and a former teacher, provides insight on the importance of boosting independent learning and looks at how schools can help their pupils thrive by prioritising regular self-assessment activities…