Saving lives in schools

Joanna Johnson, Associate Trainer (Grassroots Suicide Prevention), ASIST Trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills), Papyrus Volunteer (Prevention of Suicide in Young People), and  Head of Department and Psychology Teacher, Monmouth School for Girls, UK If you were asked what the leading cause of death was in young people, what would you say? Drugs or Alcohol? Car […]

Encouraging positive behaviour online

Frankie Bisset, Emily Giubertoni, Jodie Jethwa Our setting is a voluntary-aided non-selective secondary school for ages 11-18 in Birmingham. We are a Catholic school, catering to around 1200 students with approximately 26 per cent on free school meals (FSM). As Ofsted (2022) recently described, ‘the way in which pupils relate to each other online can […]

Alphabetic writing systems: The importance, and limits, of phonics

John Bald (FCCT) Independent educational consultant. Former tutor in charge, Reading and Language Centres, Essex Education Department. Introduction Controversy over methods of teaching reading and spelling began with the spread of state primary education in the nineteenth century, and soon occupied similar ground to that of today (Parker, 2021). Should children be taught to recognise […]

Teacher consultation: Using worked examples/model answers in KS3 English

Chartered College members might be interested in the following opportunity with NFER:   The EEF (Educational Endowment Foundation) are interested in undertaking research to support teachers with the use of worked examples/model answers. NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research) has been commissioned to explore the feasibility of a research trial in this area. We are […]

How gender and age may influence career aspirations

This opportunity involves a researcher who is keen to interview school teachers aged 45-55, and working in England, for a part-time PhD  exploring how gender and age may influence career aspirations, with a particular interest in the menopause. Other research studies have considered the menopause and work in relation to women in other professions – […]

School Leaders’ Retention Project

Dr Amanda Heffernan and Prof Steven Courtney of the University of Manchester are carrying out a research project into the experiences of recently resigned, sacked or retired headteachers in England. They are aiming to generate insights that might help with retention in headship. Here are the eligibility criteria: They were a headteacher in England They […]

Supporting pupil mental health around bereavement and loss

Catherine Hitchcock, Deputy Head (Pastoral) and DSL, UK The setting is a 4-11 co-educational independent Prep School in South West London and this case study outlines the school’s approach to supporting pupil mental health around bereavement and loss. School priority The school has prioritised the support of bereavement and loss as an area to develop […]

National Institute of Teaching survey on professional development

We want to understand the pressing questions about professional development. For example, when is it better to engage with professional development during the school day and when is it better to run twilights? Do the same professional development design principles apply at all stages of teachers’ and leaders’ careers? Or do they change with seniority or experience? At […]

Study investigating the educational potential of touchscreen apps for children

Dr Gemma Taylor & Dr Joanna Kolak, lecturers from the University of Salford, together with colleagues from Bangor University and the North Wales regional school improvement service (GwE) are currently running a study investigating the educational potential of touchscreen apps for children. They are recruiting primary school teachers and teaching assistants to respond to an […]

How to support grieving children in your classroom

Original article by: Heath MA and Cole BV (2012) Strengthening classroom emotional support for children following a family member’s death. School Psychology International 33(3): 243-262. DOI: 10.1177/0143034311415800   Introduction Schools have been recognised by national and international organisations as having an unparalleled potential to provide supportive services for children’s mental health needs. The focus of […]

New study of 0-3-year-old children’s use of digital technologies at home

Toddlers, Tech and Talk The ‘Toddlers, Tech and Talk’ study aims to build in-depth knowledge about the relatively under-researched phenomenon of 0-3-year-old children’s talk and literacy learning with digital technologies at home. If you are the parent or legal guardian of a child aged 0-3 years in the UK, we are inviting you to complete […]