Knowledge and research base

Blended learning: what is it?

Blended learning might be a term you have heard of but might only have a basic understanding of what it is and how to implement it.

Cognitive load theory: what is it?

Cognitive load theory is a term which is increasingly being used in schools and teachers throughout the country. Cognitive load theory was developed in the late 1980s out of a study of problem solving by John Sweller.

Does disqualification by association still apply?

Disqualification by association no longer applies to teachers in schools. Under the Childcare Act 2006 teachers working with children under the age of eight could be disqualified from teaching because of offences committed by people who live in the same household as them.

Early Career Framework

You might have heard of the Early Career Framework but might be unsure about what it is or when it is rolling out. The Early Career Framework aims to improve the level of support for teachers.

Get Into Teaching: deciphering the different routes into teaching

You might be interested in embarking in a career in teaching but are unsure of which route to choose. From PGCE courses, Schools Direct, Now Teach, Researchers in Schools to TeachFirst the teaching training landscape can be a complicated one to navigate with different pathways and terminology you might not be aware of. 

How do I make a subject access request at my school?

You might have heard of a subject access request but might be unsure of what it actually is. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) explains you have the right to ask an organisation, such as a school, whether or not they are using or storing your personal information.

How to make a freedom of information request

In this article we provide a summary of how to make a freedom of information (FOI) request. GOV.UK explains you have the right to ask to see recorded information held by public authorities.

Raising a concern to your line manager effectively

Working in a school requires lots of personal interactions and sometimes heated conversations with your colleagues. Navigating different personalities and egos can be difficult, especially under the pressures of high workload and accountability. However, in some cases having an early informal conversation with your line manager or headteacher can help de-escalate tensions and can help solve issues quickly.

Teachers and tattoos

Teachers and tattoos can be a controversial subject. You might be a teacher interested in getting a tattoo but apprehensive about whether your school will allow it or already have one and have been told by your line manager that it needs to be covered up.

Teaching abroad

You may be interested in teaching abroad, it can be an effective way to immerse yourself in a different culture, broaden your teaching practice and to travel the world. As a qualified teacher from the UK you will be bringing many skills and experiences which international schools will value.

Teaching in Wales: An Overview

You might be interested to find out the main differences in the education system between Wales and England. Did you know there are no academy schools in Wales?

The Teachers’ Standards

You will be well aware of the Teachers’ Standards if you have trained to be a teacher since 2012. They will be referred to during lesson observations, the appraisal process and any disciplinary or capability procedures you may be subjected to.

What are the differences between types of schools?

We outline the different types of schools where you can teach in England and Wales. There are many differences between these types of schools but we look at the main points surrounding employment, pay and working conditions for teaching staff.

What can it be like teaching at a private school?

There are around 2,500 independent schools in the UK. You may be interested to move from a state school into a private school because of the perceived benefits. There may be some preconceived ideas about teaching in private schools and you could have heard conflicting stories from colleagues.

What CPD am I required to receive as a teacher?

As a teacher you might wonder if there is a requirement from your school to deliver a high standard of continuing professional development (CPD) and other professional development opportunities throughout the year.

What do I need to know about the Equality Act?

You might not have enough time to read the Equality Act in full but you should be aware that it legally protects you from discrimination in school. This article provides an overview of the main features of The Equality Act and how it affects your employment.

What is a protected conversation?

You may be invited to have a protected conversation with your headteacher if you have an on-going dispute with your school and are thinking about leaving. It is also possible to have a protected conversation even where there is no dispute. Essentially, it is an ‘off-the-record’ discussion about terminating your employment contract on agreed terms.

Who are school governors and what do they do?

School governors are unpaid volunteers who hold headteachers to account and ensure that schools are meeting their strategic objectives. Governors do not manage the operational day-to-day functions of a school, but are required to oversee its long-term development.