TeachMeets and the Super Heroes of Education

This is a guest post written by Jon Tait @TeamTait It’s half past 3, you’ve taught for a full day, worked through your lunch and now you are trying to get yourself re-focused on Powerpoint slide number 64 that someone is reading off during what is tentatively called Continuing Professional Development. The word ‘Continuing’ can…

The Renaissance of Research

This guest post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait. What makes an expert? If you went back 10 years or so ago, you’d have probably cited the fact that an expert was a professor or a published author on a specialised topic. The fact that they’d had their work published gave them a halo of…

Get Every Teacher Blogging

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   Today, the challenge that all schools face is to keep on improving the standard of teaching in the classroom. After all, it is our core business. Headline figures, levels of progress, behaviour management – you can forget all of these unless you prioritise on the one…

Dress to Impress?

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   Today’s educational landscape is changing fast, with more and more schools becoming academies and education being slowly aligned to business-like thinking. Schools have never been in a more competitive market place for students, especially considering the birth of free schools and UTC’s on the horizon. Senior…

Securing that Leadership Position

This post was written by Jon Tait @TeamTait.   As we approach the traditional recruitment season in education we may find ourselves taking a sneaky look in the TES for more than just its stimulating educational content. Currently there are 4,610 available jobs listed in the UK, but with less than 10% of those (387)…

The Future of Learning?

This post was written by Jon Tait, you can follow Jon on Twitter @TeamTait. For hundreds of years we have taught in a relatively similar way. If you close your eyes and picture a typical classroom you will probably see the teacher at the front of the classroom talking to a room full of students.…

21st Century Skills

This post was written by Jon Tait, you can follow Jon on Twitter @TeamTait. In today’s target driven world where numbers and statistics are becoming more important than people and feelings, education has become somewhat lost. There was a time where education meant developing the whole child with knowledge and experience so that they could…