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The internet has unravelled a whole host of opportunities for a wide range of sectors, enabling them to expand their offerings and take services to the next level. While the same can be said for education - including online resources to effectively engage students and give teachers the tools to better-manage teaching - there remains an opportunity when it comes to the upskilling and professional development of staff.

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It is beneficial for teachers to have a professional development plan (PDP) and feel supported to achieve the goals that have been identified. A PDP is a documented record of an individual’s career aspirations and progressions and may also be referred to as CPD (continuing professional development). The plan should outline the goals that individuals wish to achieve and how they are going to develop the skills necessary to reach these goals.

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The concept of the school trip has changed over time. Once, a trip out of the classroom amounted to little more than a jaunt to the local museum, whereas today, the potential for taking youngsters out of the confines of the classroom is vast. With ever-expanding options for destinations and learning experiences, it is little wonder that parents have rising concerns about taking the school trip plunge. It is the job of schools to make sure that these worries are alleviated so that our kids today don’t miss out on one of the most valuable educational experiences.  

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Delivering school interventions for a generation of tech-savvy pupils calls for a new approach, says Nicola Hankey, teacher and SEND co-ordinator at Ludworth Primary School…

The children in today’s classrooms have grown up with technology and can’t imagine life without tablets, apps and emojis. They form part of Generation Z born in the early 2000s or later, and are true digital masters.

Apprenticeships are a form of study where candidates aged 16 and upwards combine working ‘on the job’ and studying to gain the relevant skills and knowledge base for a particular sector-focused job. 
Since 2017, the government has been promoting this as a great option for young people, being significantly less expensive than university (candidates can earn while they learn rather than pay fees) while also equipping young people with the practical skills required for the workforce. 

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For too long, the system has treated physical and mental health as separate entities. This Children’s Mental Health Week, Imogen Buxton-Pickles, Co-Founder of ‘Netflix-style’ schools active learning and PE resource imoves, says activity needs to be a key part of the resilience toolbox we equip students with to improve their daily and life-long wellbeing.

Developed by leading education specialists and psychologists, the feedback tool is specifically tailored to help senior leaders improve teacher wellbeing and retention
 
In a drive to improve engagement and address teacher wellbeing, a new tool has been launched to provide continual feedback loops which can be used to identify the pressures school staff may be facing, develop tailored action plans and transform school culture and teachers’ working lives.

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Seeing a child with special educational needs (SEN) blossom in school can be one of the most rewarding aspects of our jobs. But pupils with SEN require extra support for which tailored classes, specially trained teachers and adaptable classrooms all play a part. Needing these additional resources means you’ll likely rely on having access to enough SEN funding to help the pupil thrive in school. 

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The Primary Mathematics Challenge is a fun and exciting mathematical Challenge aimed at pupils in years 5 and 6 England and Wales, P6 and P7 in Scotland, and Years 6 and 7 in Northern Ireland. The PMC is open to schools and home-schooled pupils only. To find out more please check our FAQs.

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Clear Sky provides therapeutic services to children who have experienced trauma through the provision of Play and Creative Arts services. Our highly qualified team work with schools, parents and other professionals to provide support around the whole child, enabling children to learn to love life and enjoy school.

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