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An NQTs guide to keeping the plates spinning

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Staff Well-being 

An NQT’s guide to keeping the plates spinning

Managing workload and wellbeing in your first year of teaching

Some would argue that it doesn’t matter how long you have been teaching, ‘workload’ and ‘work-life balance’ are not easy bedfellows. However, if any teacher is to get the most from what we know is a rewarding, challenging, sometimes frustrating, often exhausting career; workload and well-being need to be effectively managed right from the start in order to maintain our ef...


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Choices - Positive behaviour Management

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Behaviour Management 

Choices

POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR FOR OUTSTANDING LEARNING AND TEACHING

Behaviour is a habit that is learned. Once we accept this stark fact, we have taken the first step in empowering ourselves to influence our students in learning new behaviours. If we want a child to learn to read, we teach them; if we want a child to learn to swim, we teach them; if we want a child to behave well in our schools we …. punish them when they don’t?

Positive behaviour management provides a range of tools and...


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The Middle Leaders Toolkit

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Middle Leadership 

The Middle Leaders Tool Kit

10 effective strategies to develop your skills in Middle Leadership

All Middle Leaders carry out critical roles in the leadership and management of schools and learning. Effective Middle Leadership is all about developing strategic understanding across four key areas:

1.       Understanding what it means for middle leadership and management to be successful

2.       Knowing how to lead teaching

3.       Knowing how to lead learning

4.       Motivating, leadin...


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Effective Leadership, Effective Teams

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Support Staff Development 

Effective leadership, effective teams

Leading a support staff team

All schools are about the teams and how they interact – teachers and children, children and children, children and parents, support staff and teaching colleagues etc. Truly successful schools have well-motivated and engaged professional people who form effective and successful teams. This sounds like a relatively straightforward leadership challenge, but just how can support staff team leaders achieve this? In this artic...


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The Voice

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Staff Well-being 

The Voice

Top tips to look after a teacher’s most valuable tool

International classical musicians and pop stars think nothing of insuring their hands or voices for millions of pounds since, should those become damaged, that career has all but ended:

‘Are these the world's most expensive fingers? Fastest violin player insures his hands for £3million’ Daily Mail 15th September 2011 

‘Mariah Carey insures her voice for $70 million’

New York Times 8th April 2016

 

However, this...


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A Tick or a Cross?

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Teaching and Learning 

A Tick or a cross?

Practical strategies for effective Marking and Feedback

Good feedback lies at the heart of good learning. It’s about ‘working the gap’ between what your learners already know, understand and can do and what they WILL know, be able to understand and do in the future.

The role of the teacher is not to close the gap for their learners but to support them to close the gap for themselves. Effective marking and feedback allows us, as teachers, to provide this support. In...


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Positive Partnerships for Positive Outcomes

Posted by Stephen C Burnage on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Effective Partnerships 

Positive Partnerships for Positive Outcomes

Approaches to involving all parents and carers in their child’s learning and welfare.

Where a school and a learner’s parents or carers work in partnership to support their learning journey and welfare, learners are far more likely to have a positive experience of school and more successful outcomes in terms of both learning and well-being.  So, what can schools do to build these positive partnerships with? To start with, here are a couple of q...


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Steve Burnage Education sector trainer, consultant and author to schools, colleges and academies throughout the UK and internationally.