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Kent-Teach's Top Tips for Settling in to Kent

You’ve secured a brand new teaching opportunity in Kent, you’ve found a place to live, decorated your new classroom and met your new pupils…but when you are living in a new area sometimes it hard to know how to kick back and relax when the teaching day has ended… Read More...

Ofsted and e-Safety: updates for September 2014

Ofsted and e-Safety: updates for September 2014
In July 2014 Ofsted published the updated version of their School Inspection Framework ready for use in September 2014. Ofsted have significantly reduced the number of guidance documents which they publish for inspectors, schools and other stakeholders. This has resulted in there now being just three guidance documents: The framework for school inspection; School inspection handbook and Inspecting safeguarding in maintained schools and academies. Read More...

Social Networking for Teachers – Practical Tips

Social Networking for Teachers – Practical Tips
There have been many articles written about social networking and teachers, varying from sensible advice to horror stories and scaremongering. In this blog post, Kent’s e-Safety Officer, will share some practical tips about using social media as a teacher safely. Read More...

Surviving the Autumn Term

Surviving the Autumn Term
The autumn term in particular can feel particularly punishing with curriculum changes, new colleagues to get to know and fresh pupil names to learn, not to mention that as soon as half term hits we start hurtling towards Christmas! These factors don’t exactly add up to a stress-free first term and it’s often your own health and wellbeing that takes the biggest toll. Here are our top tips for surviving the tough autumn term: Read More...

A Worldwide Classroom? Get started with digital media for learning

A Worldwide Classroom?  Get started with digital media for learning
It is easy to understand why people in public professions like teaching are nervous of using social and digital media. The drawbacks to putting yourself out in the social media world have been well documented. However, as they continue to seep into every aspect of our lives, the reality is that the longer you put off investing in these tools the bigger the gap you will have to jump when you inevitably do have to start to use them. Read More...

Stepping out of the Shadows

Stepping out of the Shadows
Less than a year ago, at the Kent Deputy Headteacher conference, a representative from the LA asked the delegates if they were interested in becoming headteachers. Those who were raised their hands - I was not one of them. A month ago, I secured my first headship. So, what changed? How did I go from being adamant that I didn't want a headship to actually taking that next step? Read More...

5 Reasons to Eat Kentish Strawberries

5 Reasons to Eat Kentish Strawberries
The British strawberry season is now upon us, and what better place to live than Kent, to buy some freshly picked strawberries. You can eat them on their own as a snack, add some natural yogurt, whizz them up with a banana for a smoothie, or as a treat serve them with meringue and cream! Read More...

The Medway Irish on Parade

The Medway Irish on Parade
The sun is shining in Gillingham high street. I can see a ream of beaming faces beneath a sea of green, white and gold. Beside me, an older gentleman beats out a reel on his walking sticks while two girls swoop in unison to dance to the beat of the Pentacle drummers. The Medway Irish are out on parade, and they have packed the street. But how did they get there? Read More...

Food & Colour!

Food & Colour!
We often hear about antioxidants being good for us in ‘superfoods’ such as blueberries and broccoli, but what do they actually do and why are they good for us? Read More...

Peace at Last

Peace at Last
I have a theory that climbing Snowdon is a bit like giving birth - if you remembered how painful and how much hard work it was the first time, you wouldn't be doing it a second! Read More...