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What's coming soon to Edapt?

logoWe're excited to be starting the process of bringing some great changes to Edapt.

We've been quiet on the Edapt blog for a while, but it's been because we've been busy looking at what's important to our subscribers and making sure that we meet their needs...

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The Festival of Education 2016

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Kiran Gill (@dkgill) is a freelance policy researcher and education consultant. These are her individual views.

I have to admit to being an education conference sceptic. I often attend events like the Wellington Festival – a pricey ticketed event, held in the middle of term time– with a bit of a chip on my shoulder.  A chip in the shape of all the hard-working colleagues I left at the coal-face when I moved from the classroom to educational policy...

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The new monthly bulletin

kiranWe've listened carefully to your feedback and we're pleased to launch our monthly digest of education news and the best of the education blogger world, including invites to upcoming events.  Our bulletins are carefully crafted and curated by @dkgill

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Winter Update 2015

web_previewThere are some exciting updates coming to Edapt in the next few months and we thought we'd share a few of them with you...

We're now responding to and supporting over 100 support enquiries per month varying from minor policy related issues, through to issuing tribunal proceedings on behalf of our teachers. We pride ourselves on the quality of our casework, and the feedback we receive always...

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Why the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures should be changed

govukVince Cable has today requested a full consultation into the ACAS code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures and this consultation is very much welcomed by Edapt.

It is fundamental that all employees are treated equally under any disciplinary, grievance or legal process.  74% of people, in the UK, are not union members

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Blog: Turning on the Lightbulb and Sharing Practice

dont-change-the-lightbulbsEver wondered what it would be like to write a book about your teaching practice?  

 

We asked Rachel Jones to share her thoughts on doing just that after releasing, Don't Change the Light Bulbs, which is a compilation of teachers' ideas, hints and tips.  All profits of the book are donated to Action for Children.

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The Workload Challenge

dfe_logo_no_bgThe Department for Education have recently launched The Workload Challenge, a consultation designed to collect your views on what you think wastes your time, and what the government, schools and others should be doing to reduce unnecessary and unproductive workload.

Contact them directly and give them your views on workload....

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Legal costs are now covered up to £100,000

alternative_smallWe've just entered our third year supporting teachers across England and Wales and we're really pleased to announce that every subscriber to Edapt is now supported up to £100,000 of legal costs.  Every year as we continue to grow, we take on feedback from our teachers and look for ways to improve our service and support our aim to ensure the quality of support is the best in the sector...

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Blog: Ten Tips for New Teachers

10-tipsThe frivolity of summer already seems like a distant memory as teachers and pupils across the land begin packing their bags and readying their nerves for another year in the classroom. Every year, around 13000 new teachers enter the profession and begin learning how to do the best job in the world. But it can seem more than a little overwhelming at first.  Here is Katie Ashford's 10 tips for new teachers...

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Blog: Why I think teachers deserve their 13 weeks holiday

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Nothing is more annoying than arguing with non-school people about teachers’ holidays and hours. I’ve lost count of the time I’ve sat in a pub defending myself against the usual charges of “But you finish at 3pm” and “What do you need all those holidays for anyway?”

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The Festival of Education top 10 - Education Supergeeks, Celebrities and Saviours

wellingtonThe biggest annual event in any edugeek’s calendar came around once more this weekend. Held in the beautiful grounds of Wellington College in leafy Berkshire, the 2014 Festival of Education was the biggest it has ever been. As someone who spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking about and discussing education, I was more than a tad excited to get in on the action...

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Guidance during upcoming strike action - July 10th 2014

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A period of industrial action is difficult  for all teachers whether they choose to take part or not.  Edapt has published guidance for all teachers, including for those teachers who will not be taking part in the strike action, on what procedures they need to follow during industrial action.

Download the guidance

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ACAS Early Conciliation: How could it affect you as a teacher?

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Early Conciliation came into force on 6 April 2014 meaning that any teacher or school employee will need to notify ACAS in the event they intend to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim against their school or local authority.  For the first month this will be a voluntary process but from 6 May 2014 anybody wishing to present a claim to the Employment Tribunal will have to comply.  So what does this mean for you?

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Inside Classrooms: Japan

lucy_crehanJapan is consistently high in the PISA rankings and is often seen as a top performing education system. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: So... What do you do?

summerOur anonymous teacher from London shares their views

At last, May is on the horizon. What a glorious time of year! Summer is nearly upon us, and as year 11 leave and the sun starts to make more of an appearance, teachers across the land begin to breathe a sigh of relief: “Just one more term. You can do it. Keep going” - we mumble in unison, rocking less vigorously than usual as the end of the year draws closer.

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Blog: Should we be afraid of teacher talk?

blablahI remember the first few times I was observed as a trainee. Most things in my training year were utterly horrendous, and observations were no exception. But what I remember perhaps even more than the lessons themselves was the bizarre thought processes I seemed to go through when planning for them. I was always a complete bag of nerves, and spent more time...

 

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Guidance during national strike action

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A period of industrial action is difficult  for all teachers whether they choose to take part or not.  Edapt has published guidance for all teachers, including for those teachers who will not be taking part in the strike action, on what procedures they need to follow during industrial action.

Download the guidance

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Blog: Are teachers who dislike group work using it wrong?

laura“It was a good lesson….but why didn’t you have the pupils working together more often?”

If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school classroom, chances are you’ve heard this sentence – or something close to it – at least once or twice. It’s the sort of stock advice that tumbles all too easily from the lips of observer’s sitting in a colleague’s lesson. Anxious to prove their pedagogical power...

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Blog: How can we give kids over a hundred hours of extra teaching time each year…for free?

clockLessons begin at ten past the hour. Or that’s when the bell goes, at least. By the time the kids have arrived from their last lesson, have caught up with their friends and faffed about with their lockers, it’s nearly quarter past. After they have come in to my classroom and are eventually sat down...

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Inside Classrooms: Singapore

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Singapore is consistently high in the PISA rankings and is often seen as a top performing education system. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

nelson_thumbAs Mandela made clear, education is everything. Being a first world country, we should be able to proudly declare that our children are benefiting from a first rate education. Sadly, to me, it is becoming increasingly more obvious that this isn’t the case. Not all students are being shaped into the well rounded, passionate individuals that we as a nation we want and...

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BLOG: Why do teachers burn out?

burnoutHello everyone. My name is Katie Ashford and I am a workaholic.

Giving up working insanely hard was more of a challenge than giving up smoking. The threat of yellow teeth, empty pockets, lung cancer and premature death was enough to make me pack in that filthy habit over a year ago, but working harder than is necessary and healthy, for some reason, is much tougher to quit.

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Allegations: Why we do what we do

fbackIn the press recently there have been a number of scare stories about malicious allegations against teachers.  Whilst genuinely malicious allegations are very rare such events can be incredibly damaging to your teaching career.  Here's how we dealt with a recent allegation against a teacher.

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Inside Classrooms: New Zealand

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Along with Finland and Shanghai, New Zealand is often seen as a top performing education system. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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BLOG: 6 New Term Resolutions Teachers Make & How To Actually Stick With Them

resoutionsAs teachers across the land are heading back to school, the new term resolutions take hold.  “From tomorrow I will mark all books, plan well in advance, design my room to be fit for a king, will 100%, for definite and forever, keep on top of homeworks.”

How can teacherly good intentions be maintained rather than lost in the new-term onslaught?

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