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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

PRPIL: A fast and hassle-free way to achieve licensure when you transfer to Massachusetts

Posted by Tribal Group on July 23, 2018

Before his move to Massachusetts, Stephen Pettit had been a teacher for a long time. His route to teaching was a more unusual one. Despite having always wanted to teach, Stephen graduated from his undergraduate degree in the early 1970s and was advised not to go into teaching, because at that time there was a glut of teachers and no one was hiring. So he began a very successful career in the steel industry, working his way up over the next 30 years:

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Why schools should accept online payments and move towards a cashless ecosystem

Posted by Tribal Group on July 19, 2018

A recent report by Deloitte found that by digitising manual payment processes, Australian schools could redirect more than 2,000 hours of teacher and admin time towards learning outcomes per school.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

How wide is the digital divide in education?

Posted by Tribal Group on July 16, 2018

If you’ve been reading our blogs in this series, you’ll have seen how the technology necessary for cloud-based blended and distance learning as well as MOOCs is undoubtedly more prolific and cheaper than it ever has been – hence more and more educators around the world are moving to the cloud. Yet many argue that the digital divide is widening: the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the Internet, and those who do not.

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Topics: Higher Education, Schools & Early Years, Skills, Training and Employability, Further Education

Five steps to embed a culture of continuous improvement in early years settings

Posted by Lorna Dick on June 18, 2018

High quality early years provision has a positive impact on the daily lives of young children, and in their longer-term learning and achievements. The wealth of research substantiating this statement is well known to those who work in the early years sector.  

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Topics: Schools & Early Years

Addressing and eliminating the increasing vocabulary gap across all phases of schooling

Posted by Angela Taylor on June 15, 2018

Two new publications this year have once again highlighted the impact of a limited vocabulary on the achievement of a child: ‘Why Closing the Word Gap Matters” an Oxford Language Report and ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ by Alex Quigley.

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Topics: Schools & Early Years