Permanent Exclusion And Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is it a huge risk to exclude vulnerable young people? As part of the recent Beyond The Gate series, I have outlined how schools can respond to the issue of youth violence. Within this blog, I offer some thoughts pertinent to the ongoing political and academic discussions around permanent exclusion and youth violence. The political debate In 2016 Vicky Foxcroft MP set up the cross-party Youth Violence Commission (YVC). This examines the root causes of youth…

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The Most Powerful Word In Education – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What’s the most powerful word you can use in the classroom? We have to choose our words very carefully but most of the time they just spill out spontaneously “without thinking”. But words can make or break a mindset so what we say matters. We all know that the three most powerful words are “I forgive you” or ” I love you”. No dispute. According to Peter Greene (2018), the seven most powerful words in education…

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5 Reasons To Revamp Your Rewards System – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Are reward systems actually rewarding? ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ For almost a year, I have pondered the idea of implementing a reward system. Yet, thus far, I am yet to thrust myself into activating it. The common consensus seems to be that behaviour change and not the reward itself is what brings about long-term learner-improvement (James, 2016). Is this the reason why I haven’t convinced myself that a rewards system is the answer? For the purpose of this article…

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CPD Picks of The Month | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes What’s been popular on the blog in January? Getting back into the swing of the school term after the Christmas break is never easy! If you haven’t had as much time as you’d have liked to browse the blog and you’re worried you might have missed something, don’t panic! Here’s a digest of the best bits from January. Top 5 reads of the month The top reads of January feature Ross’s ever-popular annual summary of the…

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‘Short Hair’, Suggests Some Don’t Care! – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes Is it time for schools to ‘get real’ with some of their rules? Being a man with a shaved head, as a school leader, I would have found it very difficult to exclude a child for having shaved hair. Worse? For excluding a child and claiming that “a hairstyle will detract from learning” – is highly dubious and a poor proxy. Dodgy school policy? Schools with archaic uniform policies need to get real. Of course, there…

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Dealing With Conflict: When Relationships Go Wrong – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can we deal with conflict in the workplace? There are times when we all fall out with colleagues at work, even the ones we count as friends. It is important for us to understand what causes conflict, yet we also need to know how can we cope with it. I can’t believe they always do that… There are many reasons for workplace conflict and it arises when our interests, identity, security, or sense of inclusion…

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Behaviour Management for NQTs: Term 2 – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you improve your behaviour management skills? Getting to know your students is THE most important aspect of behaviour management and is the foundation for the relationship and rapport you build. Hopefully, now that you are one term in with your own classes you are starting to see your students as individuals, both in a positive, and perhaps negative light. This is the perfect time to really invest some energy into getting to know your students…

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Counter-Intuitive Behaviour Management | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can we make behaviour management more inclusive? Children whose behaviour is “different” are collateral damage in competitive high-stakes schooling. Caught in insane ‘zero tolerance’ cultures where compliance beats care, schools are again reaching for the ‘exclusion solution’, writes Paul Dix, founder of Pivotal Education. The children who need stability the most are moved from teacher to teacher from school to school, from referral unit to referral unit. As schools become less inclusive, the adults grow less tolerant.…

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Louder than words | E-Learning Provocateur – Education Article

My last couple of blog posts have argued in favour of extracting value out of organisational capabilities. Due to the nature of my role I have posited these arguments in terms of employee development. However, I further advocate the use of organisational capabilities across all parts of the employee lifecycle. Using the 4+4 Part Employee Lifecycle as my guide, I will share my thoughts on some of the ways in which your capability framework can add value to your organisation’s…

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8 Ways Schools Can Respond To Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What strategies can we use to tackle the challenges of youth violence? In this fifth blog of the ‘Beyond The Gate’ series, I look to provide some practical suggestions for schools to implement in response to the challenges of youth violence. It’s all about safeguarding… Our school response falls very much under the ‘safeguarding’ umbrella and central to our ‘Beyond the Gate’ initiative is keeping our students safe, both in school and in the communities in which…

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five books to inspire empathy – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

With Anti-Bullying Week 2018 kicking off tomorrow (Monday 12th November) and Tuesday 13th marking World Kindness Day 2018, it seems like an ideal time to discuss bullying and the important role that teachers play in preventing/combating it. According to Ditch The Label, more than half of young people experience bullying. As a result, one in three will self-harm and 37% will develop social anxiety and depression. With these sad statistics, it’s clear to see why they describe bullying as a…

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Leading Others Without Being An Asshole – Education Article

Reading Time: 2 minutes How do you interact with other people you work with? I’ve been reading quite a number of books on business and leadership over the past 18 months: Two books I am currently reading include The Asshole Survival Guide by Robert I. Sutton and To Sell Is Human by Daniel H. Pink which I have already written about and have demonstrated how I do this. Something to think about … “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem,…

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Creating Identity-Safe Classrooms | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is your classroom identity safe? Identity-safe classrooms are warm ecosystems in which teachers endeavour to ensure that all children feel that their social identity is an asset rather than a barrier to success. Children feel welcomed, supported and valued whoever they are and whatever their background. Teachers want the best for pupils and seek to be fair and aim to create strong culturally competent classroom communities. We might all think that we respectfully acknowledge each and every individual. We might also…

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Introducing our YouTube channel ‘For Teachers’ (by Katie Tollitt) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

This week, I would like to pass creative control over to my friend Katie Tollitt, creator of For Teachers YouTube channel. Like me, Katie is keen to share her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm with the teaching community. Alongside friend and co-creator Ryan Speed, she creates content about her current teaching role in Hong Kong as well as her experience teaching in the UK. As their first ever subscriber back in January, it has been exciting for me to watch the channel grow…

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When Teachers Behave Badly | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 5 minutes What should reasonably be expected of a teacher? When teachers behave badly it makes local or national news, and bringing the profession into disrepute is not something you want on your CV. There is a self-assessment at the end of this post… A recent survey revealed that teachers are highly thought of by the public at large. This is wonderful news. According to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index 2018, teachers are the third most trusted profession in the…

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Beyond The Gate: 12 Risk Factors Of Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can schools identify those most at risk? In previous blogs I have outlined the evolution of “Beyond The Gate” – our school based response to the societal challenges of youth violence. Here, blog 4 of the series, I will outline the approach that we have developed  to help identify those students who are considered most at risk. A Research Informed Approach My point is simple. Academic research and supporting evidence identifies a number of risk…

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Top 10 ‘Afternoon’ Teaching Strategies – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes What ‘end of the week’ teaching ideas do you have up your sleeve? Teachers will be back to school all the bright-eyed with enthusiasm(?), renewed and ready to perform during the term ahead. But, the looming spectre of lethargy and inattention is only ever one poorly chosen activity away. Here are my top-10 afternoon classroom activities. 1. Self-Guided Worksheets Much like Ronseal, this does exactly what it says on the tin. From knowledge organisers to extended…

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