7 GCSE Revision Tips to Help Your Students Succeed

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier

Your lesson begins. You present your students with a quick recap quiz to assess their readiness for their GCSE exam (which has somehow crept up on all of us). Answers are given and students score themselves out of 10. Scores range from 2 to 10. The panic and anxiety begins to set in for all students gaining lower scores – they have not been revising. Those gaining perfect scores? Fatigue and exhaustion are obvious – they’ve been doing too much revision!

Published 24/05/2019

What is TMHistoryIcons? And how does it support History Teachers?

By Andrew Sweet and Alex Fairlamb

Published 24/05/2019

From Stress To Freedom

How are you? Are your family and loved ones well? How’s work, your relationships and your life?

Published 21/03/2019

Becoming a Brilliant Head of Department: Advice from Middle-Managers

Joining the ranks as a head of your department is an exciting step in your teaching career. You feel like you can really make a difference at your school, and you’re proud to be acknowledged for your achievements as a teacher. At the same time, this is the beginning of the next stage of the journey in your personal development. How do you establish your new leadership role with conviction?

Published 11/03/2019

TMMathsIcons Launch: It’s A Great Time To Be A Maths Teacher

Last weekend was the inaugural TMMathsIcons event. Being surrounded by like-minded professionals, networking, and discussing how we can improve our practice is truly one of my favourite things to be a part of. It has taken me to many conferences, and I’ve been part of many Twitter chats because of it. But organising a free TeachMeet for other Maths Teachers has really been the pinnacle of my CPD to date.

Published 05/03/2019

How to Survive (and Thrive in) Your First Two Years as a Teacher

When facing your first couple of years as a teacher, the adjustment to managing a classroom can feel a bit overwhelming. You’ve finished your teacher training with the drive to be the greatest teacher you can be, but you know it’s going to be a huge learning curve. You’ve probably got a lot of questions about how you can make the most of your experience as an NQT.

Published 12/02/2019

Developing Coaching and Mentoring Relationships with Students

When I joined the education sector four years ago, I quickly realised the profession requires stamina and commitment. Half-hearted won’t do. Teaching is all consuming and there’s a sense of being married to the job.

Published 29/01/2019

Think Like An Examiner with our GCSE PE Resources

Our mission is to give teachers back time in the classroom, and support you in helping your students perform to the highest standard.

Published 19/01/2019

What Percentage Should I Alter My Grade Boundaries By


We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding the grade boundaries that subject areas and schools should be using: 2018 + 5%? 2018 + 10%? Boundaries from different subject areas? 

We wanted to write this blog about what we’ve been recommending and why, not only to share our suggestions but also to explain the methodology behind our theory.

As we shared in our previous article Predicting the Impossible, there is a logical process that has informed our recommendations, and we’ve come to what we feel is a sensible, informed decision on the boundaries that should and shouldn’t be used. Part of our recommendation is made up of statistical evidence and analysis, and the other part from considering the psychology of target setting and attainment on both teachers and pupils.

Published 20/12/2018

Why Mindset is Important for Teachers

Car keys, laptop, marking, lunch, folders, wallet, handbag, glasses, phone… check, check, check… and if you’ve forgotten them then it’s often a mad, curse-filled dash to get them.

Published 16/11/2018