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

TT Education Attends Prestigious Award Ceremony

Last night's Education Investor Awards evening recognised the highest quality education companies. To be invited to attend was a wonderful recognition of our efforts to improve the quality of education for children in the UK and beyond.

Published: 06 December 2017

COMPETITION TIME!

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

Coaching: 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.

Published: 05 October 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...

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.

Published: 21 September 2017

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...

Marginal Gains: The power of lesson observation

TT Education's local School Improvement Partner, Conor Heaven, gives us the benefit of his insights into the power of model lessons in the training and consultancy process and ruminates on the value of peer observation in everyday teaching practice

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.

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.

The Problem with Phonics

TT Education's School Improvement Partner Julie Watson asks how we can support children for whom a focus on synthetic phonics is not the key to reading.

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?

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.

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!

Published: 03 May 2017

The Importance of Being Earned: in the aftermath of budget cuts, what aspects of school life have the right to be priorities?

As schools enter a new financial phase, with a 'revised funding formula' meaning, in real terms, budget cuts for many, Betsy Maytham asks how headteachers are to make the tough decisions about how to spend their money.

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.

Published: 17 January 2017

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: 03 January 2017

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.

Published: 06 October 2016

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.

Published: 15 September 2016

What are the key qualities of an inspirational primary school leader?

TT Education's Director of Innovation asks: what makes a leader? What qualities make someone inspirational? How do we create/nurture these qualities? Some fantastic tips for primary middle, subject and senior leaders.

Published: 07 September 2016

Overcoming The Challenges of Teaching Maths to Children with SEN

Our resident maths expert and Director of Innovation, Melody Lowe, expounds her creative and engaging ideas about how we can support children with SEN in the maths classroom.

Published: 04 August 2016

Return of the Rocket Man!

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

Published: 02 July 2016

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