Article Archive - Aidan Severs Consulting

Updated: Mar 10





Here you can find a collected list of most of the articles I have written for other outlets, including TES, Teach Primary Magazine, HWRK Magazine, Third Space Learning, Bradford Research School and more. This archive will be updated as I write more. These articles should provide a good idea of the areas in which I can provide consultancy work.



Classroom Teaching


8 routines for teachers to nail before half-term

https://www.tes.com/news/8-routines-teachers-nail-half-term


Your 10-point checklist for maximising learning time in lessons

https://www.tes.com/news/your-10-point-checklist-maximising-learning-time-lessons


Ditch the three-part lesson and remodel with these 8 things in mind

https://www.tes.com/news/ditch-three-part-lesson-and-remodel-these-8-things-mind


Lesson planning – Use sequence learning to save yourself time

https://www.teachwire.net/news/lesson-planning-use-sequence-learning-to-save-yourself-time


What Should I Do If A Child Has Finished Their Work?

https://hwrkmagazine.co.uk/what-should-i-do-if-a-child-has-finished-their-work/


Staring At Snowflakes (Real Behaviour Management)

https://hwrkmagazine.co.uk/staring-at-snowflakes/


The Importance Of Modelling In The Primary Classroom

https://hwrkmagazine.co.uk/the-importance-of-modelling-in-the-primary-classroom/


Reading


13 books to take pupils out of their comfort zone

https://www.tes.com/news/primary-reading-list-comfort-zones


The 9 essential components of a KS2 reading scheme

https://www.tes.com/news/9-essential-components-ks2-reading-scheme


Six reasons why every primary school needs to embrace non-fiction

https://www.tes.com/news/six-reasons-why-every-primary-school-needs-embrace-non-fiction


Five ways to make books with unfamiliar contexts accessible

https://www.tes.com/news/five-ways-make-books-unfamiliar-contexts-accessible


Why teaching classic literature too early is a 'recipe for ruining great books' for children

https://www.tes.com/news/why-teaching-classic-literature-too-early-recipe-ruining-great-books-children


Aesop’s fables – Books for topics KS2

https://www.teachwire.net/teaching-resources/aesops-fables-books-for-topics-ks2



English/Literacy

Literacy: 3 things schools and parents should focus on

https://www.tes.com/news/literacy-3-things-schools-and-parents-should-focus


Sats: why etymology boosts vocabulary and spelling

https://www.tes.com/news/sats-why-etymology-boosts-vocabulary-and-spelling


8 Ways to use your Class Novel to Teach SPaG

https://www.teachwire.net/news/8-ways-to-use-your-class-novel-to-teach-spag



Maths


Roll Up, Roll Up! - Probability With Dice

https://www.teachwire.net/teaching-resources/ks2-maths-probability-lesson-plan


Why every primary should be using bar modelling – and six steps to make it a success

https://www.tes.com/news/why-every-primary-should-be-using-bar-modelling-and-six-steps-make-it-success


Understanding Maths Anxiety: How Parents and Teachers Can Support Children At Primary School

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/understanding-maths-anxiety/


Ready To Progress? 9 Things You Should Know About The NCETM Mathematics Guidance As You Plan Your Curriculum Prioritisation

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/ready-to-progress-criteria-mathematics/


What NEW KS1 Assessment Frameworks Mean For KS2 [Maths]

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/new-ks1-assessment-frameworks-maths-insights-ks2/


KS2 SATs 2017 QLA: Target Year 6 Maths Revision for SATs

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/sats-2017-qla-year-6-maths-revison-ks2-sats/


Bar Modelling Year 6 Multi-Step Word Problems for KS2 SATs

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/bar-modelling-techniques-maths-word-problems-sats-multi-step/


Why Maths KS2 SATs Interventions Shouldn’t Start in Year 6

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/ks2-sats-interventions-maths-not-year-6/


We need to explicitly teach metacognition to boost maths skills

https://www.teachwire.net/news/we-need-to-explicitly-teach-metacognition-to-boost-maths-skills


KS2 Maths Lesson Plan – Make Predictions Using Real-Time Statistics from the Football World Cup

https://www.teachwire.net/teaching-resources/ks2-lesson-plan-make-predictions-using-real-time-statistics-from-the-2018-football-world-cup



Curriculum (Foundation Subjects)


7 ways to make art inspiring at primary

https://www.tes.com/news/art-curriculum-inspiring-primary


6 ways to get D&T right at primary

https://www.tes.com/news/6-ways-get-dt-right-primary


How I Would Teach… The Iterative Design Process

https://hwrkmagazine.co.uk/how-i-would-teach-the-iterative-design-process/



Leadership


10 tips for successfully leading a subject

https://www.tes.com/news/10-tips-successfully-leading-subject


EEF Putting Evidence To Work Report [SLT Summary]

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/eef-putting-evidence-work-report-slt-summary/



Assessment & Feedback


5 ideas for low-stakes assessment at primary

https://www.tes.com/news/5-ideas-low-stakes-assessment-primary


'You can't reduce a child to a spreadsheet number'

https://www.tes.com/news/you-cant-reduce-child-spreadsheet-number


Why you might be getting feedback wrong! (parts 1 & 2)

https://researchschool.org.uk/bradford/news/why-you-might-be-getting-feedback-wrong-part-1

https://researchschool.org.uk/bradford/news/why-you-might-be-getting-feedback-wrong-part-2



Wellbeing


'We do have to shine brightly for the students, but shine too brightly and we might burn out'

https://www.tes.com/news/we-do-have-shine-brightly-students-shine-too-brightly-and-we-might-burn-out


Why school leaders need your support now, too

https://www.tes.com/news/coronavirus-school-leaders-need-support-too


Throw a spanner in the workload

https://www.tes.com/magazine/article/throw-spanner-workload


'The fix for workload? Put ministers, school leaders, policy wonks, consultants and bloggers back in touch with the classroom'

https://www.tes.com/news/fix-workload-put-ministers-school-leaders-policy-wonks-consultants-and-bloggers-back-touch


Eleven ways to beat the January blues

https://www.tes.com/news/eleven-ways-beat-january-blues


Teacher wellbeing is vital - here's what we can do

https://www.innovatemyschool.com/ideas/why-teacher-wellbeing-is-so-vital-and-what-we-can-do



Teacher Development


How a ‘balance bike’ approach to training will give us better teachers

https://www.tes.com/news/how-balance-bike-approach-training-will-give-us-better-teachers



Year 6 to 7 Transition


Nine quick wins to support Year 7 with transition

https://www.tes.com/news/nine-quick-wins-support-year-7-transition


Transition to secondary: 7 questions to ask yourself

https://www.tes.com/news/transition-primary-secondary-school-teachers-7-questions-ask-yourself


5 ways to make Year 6 transition easier this year

https://www.tes.com/news/primary-secondary-school-year-6-5-ways-make-year-6-transition-easier-year


'Primary and secondary teachers need each other — and we need to start viewing each other in a more positive light'

https://www.tes.com/news/primary-and-secondary-teachers-need-each-other-and-we-need-start-viewing-each-other-more


KS2 SATs Preparation The Pro’s Way: 5 Step Easter Plan

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/prepare-ks2-sats-like-pro-5-step-holiday-plan-year-6-teachers/



Ofsted


New Ofsted Framework 2019: Revised Summary Post Consultation

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/new-ofsted-framework-2019-inspection-changes/




SATs


Dear Year 6 Teacher: Your Final KS2 SATs Preparation Tips

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/dear-year-6-teacher-pre-sats-weeks-preparation-for-best-chance/


Five things to do instead of Sats revision

https://www.tes.com/news/five-things-do-instead-sats-revision


The pre-Sats checklist: an eight-point guide to ensure you're ready

https://www.tes.com/news/pre-sats-checklist-eight-point-guide-ensure-youre-ready


SATs Week: You’ve Got This! 5-step Game Plan

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/sats-week-5-step-game-plan/


Eyes down, it's time for Sats reading test bingo

https://www.tes.com/news/eyes-down-its-time-sats-reading-test-bingo


5 songs to play you out of Sats week

https://www.tes.com/news/5-songs-play-you-out-sats-week


Five songs to get your after-Sats party started

https://www.tes.com/news/five-songs-get-your-after-sats-party-started


After SATs Lessons: 5 Golden Rules for Year 6 Teachers

https://thirdspacelearning.com/blog/after-sats-tips-year-6-teachers/


Sats: 'Year 6 teachers, on results day, there aren't enough words to say thank you'

https://www.tes.com/news/sats-year-6-teachers-results-day-there-arent-enough-words-say-thank-you



Career


Interview lessons: are they really a good measure of teaching ability?

https://www.tes.com/news/interview-lessons-are-they-really-good-measure-teaching-ability


Job hunting: How do you know if you're ready to move schools?

https://www.tes.com/news/job-hunting-how-do-you-know-if-youre-ready-move-schools


Teachers who just want to teach

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/teachers-who-just-want-teach



Other


Is it time for a new name for SEND?

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/it-time-new-name-send


5 remote teaching tips to help pupils and families

https://www.tes.com/news/5-remote-teaching-tips-help-pupils-and-families


Could you survive without your phone?

https://www.tes.com/magazine/archived/could-you-survive-without-your-phone


'Year 1 should be like EYFS, not vice versa'

https://www.tes.com/news/year-1-should-be-eyfs-not-vice-versa


'Why we should balance out, not destroy, the pipe dreams of our students'

https://www.tes.com/news/why-we-should-balance-out-not-destroy-pipe-dreams-our-students


'Boys will be boys, won't they? Only if we let them be'

https://www.tes.com/news/boys-will-be-boys-wont-they-only-if-we-let-them-be


'Teachers love to take the mick out of themselves – but it demeans the profession'

https://www.tes.com/news/teachers-love-take-mick-out-themselves-it-demeans-profession

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