Category Archives: schools

Reflections On The Shift To Blended Learning: Common Challenges For Teachers

As a trainer and coach in the FE sector and schools, I have been having many conversations with teachers about their move to blended learning during the pandemic. In this Loom recording, I summarise the main challenges that teachers have … Continue reading

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Teaching Space Podcast: Exploring Coaching In Education And Training with Martine Ellis and Joanne Miles

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/exploring-coaching-in-education-training-interview/id1324183779?i=1000493441763 Thanks to Martine Ellis for inviting me to discuss coaching models and skills on the Teaching Space podcast. I hope there are areas of interest here for people involved in coaching in their workplace, school or college.

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Looking Back, Thinking Forward: Interesting Reads For Teachers Preparing For Remote/Hybrid/Blended Learning

Ofsted findings on online learning during the pandemic: https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2020/07/15/online-education-in-further-education-and-skills-learning-about-what-works/   Lockdown: Boredom or Freedom by Susan Pember: https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/52294-lockdown-boredom-or-freedom?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter   Most vulnerable teens “did no home learning” by Emma Seith: https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-most-vulnerable-teens-did-no-home-learning   Preparation for what comes next by Eric Sheninger: http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2020/07/preparation-for-what-comes-next.htmlContinue reading

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Returning to School, College or University? Guidance for parents, teachers and students

UK Government Guidance Government guidance on COVID-19 safeguarding in schools and colleges: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers Sixth Form Colleges Association guidance on the return to college buildings in June 2020: https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/380/news-and-comment/post/47/covid-19-latest-advice-for-colleges Government support for mental health of students and teachers: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/extra-mental-health-support-for-pupils-and-teachers   Supporting … Continue reading

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Coming Out of Lockdown: Strategies for Tackling The Mental and Emotional Challenges

Mental and Emotional Challenges A really useful website with information about different reactions to coming out of lockdown and how we can look after our mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/coming-out-of-lockdown Strategies for responding to a range of emotional responses to the pandemic: … Continue reading

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All you need to know about the return to school and college sites plus the Ofqual consultation, 26th May 2020

Face-to-face return to college sites delayed until mid-June 2020 at the earliest: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/24/boris-reveals-college-face-to-face-plans-must-be-delayed-until-15-june-at-earliest/ Latest government guidance on the return to school and college sites: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings Comprehensive practical guidance on the return to college sites from the Sixth Form Colleges Association: … Continue reading

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The Return To Schools and Colleges: Official Guidance and Think Pieces

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings   Apprentices ALSO expected to receive face-to-face training from June: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/15/apprentices-also-expected-to-receive-face-to-face-training-from-june/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response   … Continue reading

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Book Now! Better Professional Conversations; Enhancing Education One Discussion At A Time

Last year I attended the CollectivED Knowledge Exchange in Birmingham and really enjoyed the chance to share experiences and challenges with colleagues in different sectors who are all involved with coaching, mentoring, teacher education and research. This year the event … Continue reading

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CollectivEd: Networking and professional learning for coaches and mentors in education

I would recommend CollectivED to coaches and Advanced Practitioners in the FE sector as a really useful source of networking and professional development/learning opportunities. Information and related links below from their website. Joanne Miles About CollectivED CollectivED was established in … Continue reading

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Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) in Colleges and Schools: Pitfalls and Tips

The Performance Development Review process (PDR) is gaining prominence in many schools and colleges, in an attempt to standardise and formalise performance management conversations. Depending on the mindset and skills of managers and staff, this process can be experienced in … Continue reading

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