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The latest news, views and opinions from our expert consultants at TT Education. 

Supporting Summer Anxiety

We are more aware after recent events of the impact that anxiety can have. You might expect things to be easier over the summer, with the hot weather and chance to get outside, but the summer can actually be a source of anxiety for many children, young people and adults. Find out the things you need to be aware of that will help to manage summer anxiety.

Summer Burnout

Teachers always feel tired at the end of the year, but with the additional challenges of 2021-22 you may be experiencing a deeper sense of exhaustion than normal, and be struggling to keep going until the last day of term. This blog will offer some ideas and suggestions on how to help support teachers and staff this summer, to enable recovery and prevent burnout.

SATs Results 2022 - Where do we go from here?

Unvalidated results are out for the 2022 SATs at KS2, and they pose some interesting questions for both primary and secondary schools. This blog will offer some ideas to reflect on, to think about what you have done or are doing that's successful, and to explore some potential areas for development.

Government announces additional funding for senior mental health leader training

We are delighted that the Department for Education has announced a further £7m in funding for senior mental health lead training for the remainder of the 2022-23 financial year. This means that settings now have the opportunity to benefit from the training until March 2023.

Exam Stress and Children’s Wellbeing

When we experience stress it causes our bodies to be flooded with stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, having a physiological effect on our bodies as well as mental health impact. So what can you do to support students in the coming weeks, whether they have SATs, GCSEs and A-levels?

What does ‘levelling up’ mean for your school?

The release of the Governments ‘Levelling Up’ white paper, comes with a number of references to schools and colleges. Find out what this means for your school with a breakdown summary of the relevant levelling up "missions".

What does the 'State of the Nation' Report mean for schools and colleges?

Kerry Hill, our Mental Health and Wellbeing expert consultant, gives a summary of the findings released in the State of the Nation Report. Read the key findings to understand the areas that are affecting the mental health of the pupils in your school.

Published: 14 February 2022

SATs 2022: What you need to know

To help alleviate anxiety about the return of KS2 SATs, we have collated the information given about the SATs into a concise summary.

A new addition to the TT Education Team!

With over two decades of experience in the education sector, Kerry Hill will be a wonderful addition to our strong team of School Improvement Partners.

Published: 07 December 2021

TT Education wins School Improvement Provider of the Year 2021 (for the fourth year!)

We are incredibly proud of our team to have been recognised as School Improvement Provider of the year, by EducationInvestor Global, for an unparalleled fourth year!

Published: 06 December 2021

Teaching, Learning and Innovation - in partnership with Enfield Professional Learning

In partnership with Enfield Professional Learning, we are delighted to announce an exciting Teaching, Learning and Innovation CPD opportunity for primary teachers and leaders.

Best School Improvement Company

And the award goes to… TT Education!

This month, we have been presented with the ‘Best School Improvement Company – UK’ award at the Education and Training Awards. We are incredibly proud of this fantastic recognition for our hard work and dedication to improving the quality of children’s education in the UK and beyond.

GCSEs 2021 – The positives

The 18th of June will soon be upon us. Hopefully, it is starting to become a little clearer as to how we are going to moderate GCSE grades and what kind of evidence we will need to produce. Read more to find out some of the ways in which teachers have adapted this year?

What does a good one look like? Ofsted explains what they actually want for teaching and learning

A new Ofsted blog is out, explaining their findings from three months of history subject inspections at outstanding primary schools. The blog affirms the curriculum approach that TT Education has been supporting schools to implement - you can find out more in our Raising Attainment in Primary History course - but I’m excited to explore how we can apply the ideas into other subjects, and to curriculum design more widely.

A Third Win for TT Education at the Education Investor Awards

TT Education has been awarded School Improvement Provider of the Year for the third consecutive year, and here's why... 

Published: 30 January 2021

Phonics for all - In Key Stage 2?

School Improvement Partner, Marie Hirst, explores the value of continuing to develop the phonic knowledge children develop in the Early Years and Key Stage One into Key Stage Two.

The True Value of Art in Schools

There is a clear hierarchy of subjects in schools which puts literacy and maths at a much higher level than art when in fact art and creativity could be more important than ever. School Improvement Partner, Marie Hirst, investigates.

Writing - What’s the Point?

We all know how important it is for children to develop the basic skill of writing. But how do we get children to write? How do we engage them in the writing process? Marie Hirst investigates the keys to success.

Curriculum Design – Do you really need to choose?

Marie Hirst examines the choice between a knowledge-based or a skills-based curriculum, and how this can impact whether you can truly achieve a broad and balanced curriculum for your children.

INSET days to inspire and develop your team - with a twist!

We recognise that this return to school in the 'new normal' brings many new challenges for pupils and teachers, and so here at TT Education we want to do all we can to support schools during this new transition.

Leadership in 2020 and beyond

In this blogpost our Director of School Improvement, Adam Reed, outlines some essential ingredients in building and sustaining a leadership team and approach that can help you cope with – pretty much – anything that comes your way.

Key Stage 2 SATs thresholds

Have you seen the new thresholds? What do they mean for you? What do they mean for your children? Betsy Maytham asks these questions and more...

Published: 29 May 2020

Performance Management in schools: monitoring, management or movement?

Director of School Improvement, Adam Reed, considers how best to use performance management reviews. What do we really want to get out of performance management and how do we ensure that we definitely get it?

Free Primary CPD Webinar: Getting Boys to Read & Write

It’s important, in these strange days, to try to find a bit of normality to ground us, so here is a free CPD webinar from us for teachers to continue to improve their practice in anticipation of the return to reality we are all hoping for.

Published: 25 March 2020

Improving Behaviour and Attitudes

Is your school’s behaviour policy up to date? Does it meet the needs of your current cohort of children? Be prepared for Ofsted’s framework changes which place new significance on behaviour, development, and attitudes.

Published: 03 February 2020

Storytelling in Maths: Making Maths Fun

Our top tips for using storytelling in maths to introduce mathematical vocabulary, concepts, and word problems, to provide the all-important excitement to boost learning. 

Published: 18 December 2019

Walking the PSHE Tightrope

How to meet the new requirements for Health and Relationships Education without alienating parents.

Success: Another Win for TT Education at the Education Investor Awards

TT Education have been awarded Schools Improvement Provider of the Year for the second consecutive year, and here's why ... 

The Significance of Seven Percent: A response to the increase in the KS1 reading expected score

Addressing the hike in 'expected' scores for KS1 SATs, Betsy Maytham's blog seeks to find a way forward in the wake of the results.

Published: 12 December 2019

Is There a Point to Grammar?

Betsy Maytham discusses the balance between creativity and understanding of grammar, considering how we use language to achieve what we are trying to achieve.

Published: 12 December 2019

Key Stage 2 SATs Reading Tests 2017: A Response

A response to yesterday's Key Stage Two Reading SATs by one of TT Education's literacy experts. What lessons can we learn from the paper and how do we help next year's Year 6 to prepare for SATs, without making SATs preparation the be all and end all of their school lives?

Published: 12 December 2019

The Challenges of Teaching Children with Dual Exceptionalities

Betsy Maytham explains the concept of dual exceptionalities and provides an insight into the challenges they present.

Published: 12 December 2019

TT Education, finalists in the "Education Investor" and "Growing Business" awards 2019

TT Education is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as a finalists for two more upcoming awards.

A primary writing game your children will love

Try this game in your classroom to help your children understand adverbials, phrases and conjunctions.

Published: 04 June 2019

Intent, Implementation and Impact: how does your school's curriculum score on the three ‘I’s?

James Lewis considers Ofsted’s proposals for “broad and balanced” curriculum provision. Out with the three 'Rs" and in with the three "Is" - Intent, Implementation and Impact.

OFSTED: Five things you should know about the new inspection framework

We’ve been fortunate enough to gain insight into what the new Ofsted framework could mean for your school. In readiness for this new innovation in inspection, here are some things you should know...

Learning Grammar, or Grammar for Learning?

James Lewis explores how teaching grammar contextually brings it alive, gives it purpose, and makes it much more accessible for pupils.

Celebrating the Foundations: Cross-curricular learning in the primary classroom

Cross-curricular learning has become something of an orthodoxy in the primary sector, but James Lewis wonders if it might limit our children’s life-chances when we don’t do it well.

Finalists: The Bridges Positive Impact Award 2018

We are extremely proud to be finalists for the Bridges Positive Impact Award, an award which recognises businesses that drive positive change for people.

Published: 25 October 2018

School Leadership: 9 ideas to develop service-leadership at your school

Have you ever worked with a leader who truly serves those with whom you work?  Adam Reed explores the notion of "service leadership" in schools.

Wellbeing in schools: "Wellbeing" or "Welldoing"?

Wellbeing is an issue for children, staff and for leaders across the country, and in every kind of school. We need to take control of the situation if we are going to improve wellbeing, says James Lewis, because nothing will happen without brave leadership and proactive teachers.

School Improvement Provider Of The Year 2018 - TT Education

We're thrilled to have been recognised for our outstanding work in school improvement ... TT Education have won the coveted ‘School Improvement Provider of the Year’ trophy. Find out why the judges chose us as their winner.

Getting off to a flying start in September

Read our top tips for creating a positive classroom environment. The outcome will be higher standards and a better year for everyone.

Published: 28 August 2018

Football – Winning and Learning

Karen Thomson discusses how, through football, she helped her pupils develop finer values and the self-confidence to support them in their futures.

Published: 22 August 2018

Complete a thirty-second survey to WIN a FREE course place!

Simply complete our thirty-second performance management survey for the chance to win a free course place of your choosing!

Please complete this 30-second leadership survey...

Contribute to our survey to help us determine the most significant current challenges for school leaders.

Published: 28 June 2018

Improve Wellbeing for Pupils AND Teachers in your School…

Wellbeing is so important - for pupils AND teachers - and yet can be misunderstood.  In this blog David Maytham, Managing Director of TT Education, explores how we can 'be well' as well as 'do well'.

Performance Management in schools: An opportunity, not a chore?

How to get the most out of the performance management cycle, with the minimum of effort and the maximum of outcome! Betsy Maytham considers the impact of a change of mindset on teachers' professional development processes.

Published: 10 June 2018

What’s the Problem with the School Performance Management process?

Performance management can often turn into a paper-pushing exercise, rather than the robust, strategic, developmental activity it should be. Betsy Maytham asks why this is and how we can avoid it...

Published: 06 June 2018

TT Education joins Parkside Office Village...

Industry leading education training company, TT Education has moved onto Parkside Office Village on the University of Essex’s Knowledge Gateway research and technology park.

Published: 15 February 2018

Competition Winners - 5 sentence story

Take a look at the winning entries from TT Education's Five Sentence Story competition.

Published: 15 December 2017

Masters of their Universe

Julie Watson asks what it really means to achieve that elusive thing - true mastery. What does it mean, how do we do it and how do we ensure our children are engaged and inspired while we do it?


IT’S COMPETITION TIME! Win £250 worth of resources for your school! Free entry and huge prizes to be won...

Published: 27 November 2017

Personalised Assessment: A whole-school approach?

A whole-school approach to personalised formative assessment – is such a thing possible? David Maytham argues that it is

Published: 23 November 2017

What's the Point of Performance Management?

Have you ever wondered what the aim of Performance Management is? Or perhaps what it should be? The answer lies here...

Published: 28 October 2017

EYFS Provision: Going with the 'Flow'...

Melody Lowe talks all things EYFS and gives some fantastic advice about how to observe your children. Originally published in Headteacher Update...

Creative Outdoor Learning

TT Education's School Improvement Partner, Julie Watson, gives her unique insight into the different uses of outdoor learning and its value for different children and different purposes.

Coaching in schools: asking the right questions

Are you trying to create a coaching climate in your school? Melody Lowe discusses how to use different types of questions to achieve success in coaching in your school.

Five Ideas to Inspire Primary Scientists

Tracey Moyes gives some fantastic ideas for helping primary school children to love science. From 'magic tricks' to asking them to consider the 'big' questions of the universe, these inspirational ideas will excite, inspire and challenge you and your children!

Marking and Feedback: some thoughts and clarifications.

Director of School Improvement, Adam Reed, gives us some words of wisdom on useful marking and feedback, based on his years of experience of supporting schools. Some great ideas for you to implement in your schools.

Published: 02 February 2017

Grouping and Differentiation – keeping the individual child at the heart of our decisions

School Improvement Partner Christina Hughes considers the delicate balance involved in planning for group differentiation while individualising children's learning experiences - and keeping it positive!

The 3 'P's of TT: my experience of working for TT Education

Our former Lead Consultant, Tracey Moyes gives us her take on the TT experience and explains why she enjoyed working for us.

Some advice and ideas about foreign language teaching in primary schools

We talk to Sue Cave, an experienced specialist Primary MFL teacher, consultant and trainer, about the importance of Foreign Language Teaching in Primary Schools and our more recent training courses: Teaching a Foreign Language in Primary School and French for Primary Teachers.

Published: 06 October 2016

The Way Forward for Primary Maths

The key purpose behind the Maths SATs test is to allow pupils to demonstrate what they have learnt, retained and can apply during their primary education. Melody reflects on why ascertaining if we have raised standards is difficult at the moment, and explains why teaching children to investigate, test, apply, justify and evaluate concepts will lead to a greater proportion will being successful.

Key Stage 2 Reading SATs 2016: A Response

Tracey Moyes, TT Education's Lead Consultant and literacy expert, gives us her fascinating take on the controversy surrounding the 2016 Key Stage 2 Reading SATs paper.

Return of the Rocket Man!

Lead Consultant Tracey Moyes discusses the legacy of inspiration created by Tim Peake, the very first official British astronaut.

Director of School Improvement, Adam Reed, gives us his thoughts on progress across special schools

Having worked in special schools for several years, Adam has spent a long time thinking about, discussing and seeing the results of different ways to approach the measurement of progress in special schools. Here, he shares with us his considered view.

Top Educational Apps to use in the Primary Classroom

Marketing Assistant, Vicki Grattan, describes and reviews some of the top apps for use in the classroom

Speaking of maths…

David Maytham explores and explains the importance of talk in the maths classroom - especially for children with SEN

Some Initial Thoughts About the Raising Attainment in Writing Course

Our newest member of staff, Vicki Grattan, coming from a background as a TA, gives us her initial thoughts on her first attendance at our outstanding Raising Attainment in Writing course

A New Collaboration...

We, at TT Education, are pleased and proud to announce our new collaboration with the fantastic team at 1decision

Published: 02 February 2016

Is Starting School at 5 Damaging Our Children?

Inspired by a BBC news article, TT's Betsy Maytham asks whether we should look to delay the school starting age

Published: 28 January 2016

5 Questions To Ask To Get The Most Out Of Your INSET Days (And The Answers)!

Marketing Assistant, Vicki Grattan, provides you with five of the most important questions to ask yourself when planning your INSET days. The answers may surprise you!

What is Mastery?

Director of School Improvement, Adam Reed, asks: "what actually IS mastery?" The answer may not be what you're expecting!

TT Education Goes International!

David Maytham and Adam Reed jetted off to consult in China recently. This is an account of some of their experiences...

Published: 25 September 2015

Best New Business Award!

In 2015, TT Education was recognized for its innovative approach to CPD in schools.

The Problem with Phonics

TT Education consultant, Julie Watson, asks how we can support children for whom a focus on synthetic phonics is not the key to reading.

Preparing for Nicky Morgan's "Modern Britain"

Betsy Maytham looks at Nicky Morgan's ideas of 'preparation' for modern Britain and asks what that looks like in a primary school classroom

Published: 05 June 2015

TT Education’s 3rd Annual Consultant Conference

A rundown of the exciting events at the TT Education 2015 conference

Published: 03 June 2015

Thoughts on Lesson Planning

Emma Bradshaw considers effective planning methods and how to cut down on planning time, while maximising the plan's usefulness

Talking Matters

David Maytham introduces some easy-to-use word games to improve literacy and transform the classroom environment.

Article first published in SEN magazine in 2014.

Published: 18 August 2014

What's Your Favourite Number?

A TT Education consultant, talks numbers and their associations, both personal and cultural

Let’s talk it over...

David Maytham discusses the importance of talk in the classroom and how it can help children to succeed.

Shakespeare Workshops for Key Stage Two

Vicki Grattan talks us through Jerome Monahan's Shakespeare workshops for Key Stage Two pupils

TT Education and Inspired to Lead have combined

David Maytham celebrates the joining together of TT Education and Inspired to Lead.

Published: 15 January 2014


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