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

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?

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.

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.

Think you know this year’s SATs? It might be time to rethink whole school pedagogy

In this blog post, we look at the issue of pupils having to be coached to achieve well in SAT examinations and explore whether the focus should be on teaching and learning across the whole school.

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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.

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...

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.

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?

Published: 07 December 2017

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.

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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...

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.

Published: 21 September 2017

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.

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...

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.

Published: 16 May 2017

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?

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