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An English teacher at a Secondary School in the UK. * Sharing and questioning the day job. * I teach KS3/4/5.
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I created this handy help sheet for staff about ‘Bell Work’.

It’s commonly used in primary schools, but less so (it seems) in Secondary school classrooms. Tomorrow, at our department meeting, I am introducing and promoting the concept of Bell work to the rest of my department.

Sharing, as this may be useful.


New Teacher Classroom Management. This is a helpful video with awesome tips to help make learning go smoother in a classroom. Also to make it more engaging and fun!


  1. The words you use are as powerful as the message you are trying to convey – do you always know what to say when under stress?
  2. Describing exactly what students are doing is often more effective than telling them not to do something.
  3. Giving students an option when dealing with items they should…


Leave your work at work.

As a full-time teacher, I was given this tip. I have to wait for Tom to get off of school every day (I get done at 3:30 and he gets done at 4:40). When I’m done doing hallway duty at 3:30, I get my classroom grades into Schoolmax (I am caught up on grading almost every…

I found this and thought it was really useful. Enjoy!

"Being a teacher is a hectic job, with lesson planning, grading, and actually working with students. Organized teachers find that getting all their work completed on time becomes much easier, eliminating wasted time hunting for handouts and allowing them to focus more time on student learning. Organization takes a little extra time at the beginning, which more than pays for itself in time saved down the road…." Read More Here (including tips and advice)

Something I’ve created:

I have been making and using these for the last few years, for all KS3 assessments. Simply use APP levels and language, linked to the standards in the NC and make it all a little more pupil friendly. Then, staff highlight the area that best-fits the individual student’s work.

Your gaps = pupil targets (and things to address in reflection and your teaching).