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What does quality mean in primary education?

Posted by Nicola Morris on October 8, 2018

I am sure this is a question that many school leaders have asked themselves over the years. The oxford English Dictionary defines quality as: 

the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of somethinga distinctive attribute or characteristic possessed by someone or something’

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

School Improvement –supporting learning through peer massage

Posted by Glynis Rabin on October 1, 2018

What is peer massage?

Peer massage is a simple 15-minute massage routine used in schools from 36 countries to promote a wide-ranging set of benefits in all phases of learning. It aims to promote the wellbeing of children, as nurturing touch is a basic need and can help children develop into healthy, well-balanced young people. Children really enjoy it, every child in the class gets to experience a positive and nurturing touch which prepares them for learning.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Applying your professional curiosity in 2018

Posted by John Ubsdell on September 24, 2018

Worcestershire safeguarding.org defines ‘professional curiosity’ as ‘looking, listening, asking direct questions, checking out and reflecting on information whether from data, verbal communication or observational.’ In other words, it's about triangulating information from different sources to get a better understanding of it, rather than taking a single source of information and accepting it at face value.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Promoting pupil voice to enhance trust, responsibility and pupil progression.

Posted by Chris Barsby on September 17, 2018

Holy Trinity is a CE Primary School in Rochdale. The headteacher, Mark Kenyon, has a strong educational philosophy which he has shared very effectively with children, parents, staff and governors.  His approach is very child-centred and he believes very strongly that children should be listened to so that their needs are met, and they have opportunities to excel in as many of the areas of the curriculum as possible. 

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Four key capabilities to look for in a Timetabling Solution

Posted by Tribal Group on September 10, 2018

Whilst some education providers consider it a mathematical challenge that can be keyed into software to find a solution, world-class educators believe timetabling to be more of an art form that considers the ‘human element’. After all, the right timetable helps maximise your students’ chances of achieving potential across all their chosen subjects. The good news is that best-of-breed software providers have developed a way to ensure the ‘human element’ is central to the automated solution – so we no longer need manual timetabling methods.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

The formula for effective timetabling

Posted by Tribal Group on September 6, 2018

The school timetable sits at the heart of school life. Our goal, as administrators is to create a timetable that gives teachers the best chance of delivering, and students the best chance of receiving the curriculum that the school has planned by spreading classes as evenly as possible with the right lesson flow.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Can you answer yes to these three important reporting and marking questions?

Posted by Tribal Group on August 23, 2018

In today’s world, technology enables us to do wonderful things. Laptops, mobiles and tablets all silently talk and connect to one another making daily tasks simple and productive. A school’s student management system should be no different when it comes to writing reports. With so many solution options to choose from, what does good reporting and marking software look like – and what other school management software does it need to integrate with to maximise time-saving?

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

What five things should you be looking for in a reporting and assessment marking solution?

Posted by Tribal Group on August 16, 2018

Report writing, and assessment marking is all too often a time consuming and laborious process, especially if your software isn’t easy to use and hinders staff productivity; or if you’re using spreadsheets to keep track of students’ classes and marks. At best, your team is wasting time tweaking formulas and layouts to report and present the data. At worst, these methods can lead to substandard quality assurance practices, which could result in simple mistakes or a more serious loss of records if files are stolen or damaged.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Is it time to embrace enrolment enquiries at the start of the student journey?

Posted by Tribal Group on August 9, 2018

When education providers embrace enrolment enquiries at the start of the student journey, student data becomes an asset, rather than a headache.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

PRPIL: Alternative Licensure for when you want credit for what you already know - and don’t have time to take a ‘step back’.

Posted by Tribal Group on July 30, 2018

As you know, Massachusetts' teachers holding a Provisional license* are expected to advance to an Initial license during their fourth or fifth year of teaching. The traditional route to licensure (Route 1) requires grad school, intensive study and student-teaching scenarios. For some people, like Katherine Flynn, this felt like a ‘step back’. An experienced Special Educational Needs teacher, just three classes away from her Masters in teaching, Katherine started to research alternative ways to achieve licensure – quickly:

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Topics: Schools & Early Years