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  • Anti-bullying week: not child-centered; instead, human-centered.

    Anti-bullying week: not child-centered; instead, human-centered.

    This half term, I'm teaching PSHE to Year 3. The unit is about bullying. When I first ...

  • Our Top 5 TPTC Picks to Get You Organised for the Year Ahead

    Our Top 5 TPTC Picks to Get You Organised for the Year Ahead

    I often get asked, especially by NQTs, what I would recommend as my top TPTC essentials. So here it is, the most difficult list have ever made. As everyone always says, I could buy everything!

  • How can you tell the TPTC planners are made by a teacher?

    How can you tell the TPTC planners are made by a teacher?

    If you all watched my Instagram Live earlier this week, you’ll know that I’ve been so excited about next year’s planners that I’ve already started using mine! Every single page of the new planners has been carefully designed to make sure it keeps every teacher organised: no matter if you’re an NQT, RQT, on SLT, SENDCO or been teaching for years. So here’s what to expect in the new planners and how you can use them. Enjoy!

  • Reward systems: do they really work?

    Reward systems: do they really work?

    I’ve been reading about behaviour management recently and there seems to be a common theme: most 'traditional' reward systems have very limited impact. This also aligns with my 10 years as a classroom teacher. What I've experienced and much of the theory states that extrinsic rewards don’t make for well behaved children in the long term, it makes for either children who don’t care about the rewards or children who will only do something for a reward. This resonates with my experience, but only if the reward system is empty... if there’s no heart behind it...

  • Guest blog: Effective Communication In The Classroom

    Guest blog: Effective Communication In The Classroom

    I'm very happy to have my first guest blogger this week. Sam is an experienced teacher,...