Blogs and vlogs by teachers, for teachers.

Reflecting on the results of his recent Twitter poll, Mr Goulds asks why marking is still such a big issue and suggests that there are alternatives to our current marketing attitudes.

In her second #NexEdblog, Jayne Carter focuses on her love of the characteristics framework in the EYFS, explaining its benefits and looking at why the rest of your school may not be aware of it.

In this fantastic blog Craig Kemp shares his ABC list of how to become a globally connected educator and why this is important in the digital age that we educate in.

A good computing curriculum not only gives students the ability to understand computer code, but also a chance to problem solve. This could be as simple as a little debugging code or doing 5 line coding challenges in visual languages such as scratch. From there they can be truly creative and come up with solutions to real world problems.

Schools that build a sense of community, encourage collaboration and recognise the power of their staff are, for me, the most enjoyable places to work. Vision, values and ethos may, to the more cynical among us, just seem like buzzwords that are banded around too often by educators but, they have the power to shift the alignment of a school community, tip the scales in the right direction and start bringing about real change that benefits our young people.

Being an NQT is a unique thing. I remember arriving with the attitude of “I can make a difference” or “I have some great ideas”. I am really pleased to say that I still think that now because if I didn’t I shouldn’t be doing this job. There will be others far more long in the tooth that say to you as an NQT “get used to it” or “that’s just way it is” but as I’ll explain there are a whole host of characters you’ll meet in the ‘School Jungle’.

In the fast-paced 21st-Century world that we live in, technological change is constant. As educators, being technologically capable is no longer an added advantage but a must-have skill in order to keep up with our students and to add value to learning.

In her first #NexEdBlog, Anna Knowles uses her experience to talk about the use of creative technology to inspire an early years classroom.

James Yates uses film again as the basis for another fantastic, thought provoking NexEdBlog. This time James looks at disadvantaged students using analogies from the Rocky films.