For Schools

Resources to help school leaders support their staff and students

Playing and learning outdoors: Building dens, what you’ll need and how children can play safely.

Playing and learning outdoors: Building dens, what you’ll need and how children can play safely.

At Zen we’ve been talking with Janet Green, Forest School Practitioner, and this is the first of a series of posts exploring outdoor learning and play

Janet Green
3 Apr 2020
5 mins read
10 Makaton Signs for Beginners!

10 Makaton Signs for Beginners!

Get your Makaton career started with our quick and easy guide!

Andrew King
10 Aug 2023
5 min read
Going from HLTA to Qualified Teacher

Going from HLTA to Qualified Teacher

How to progress from a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to a qualified teacher.

Secondary school teacher
16 Dec 2018
5 min read
Great Science Share for Schools 2023: How can you get involved?

Great Science Share for Schools 2023: How can you get involved?

The brilliant annual Great Science Share for Schools is just around the corner – here's how you can get involved!

Andrew King
22 Mar 2023
5 min read
Three reasons to have early conversations about September staff

Three reasons to have early conversations about September staff

Here are three reasons why some schools are getting ahead by advertising vacancies now to broaden their reach and secure talent for the next academic year.

Vivienne Chan
9 Feb 2023
4 minutes read
Introduction to Emotion Coaching

Introduction to Emotion Coaching

What is emotion coaching, and how could you incorporate it into your practices?

Clare Burroughs
31 Jan 2023
4 minute read read
Navigating the Transition From Deputy Head to Acting Head

Navigating the Transition From Deputy Head to Acting Head

Stepping into the top job? Read one Headteacher’s advice on how to prepare for the challenges ahead.

Primary School Headteacher
10 Jan 2023
4 min read
Why we need Authentic School Leaders

Why we need Authentic School Leaders

Great leadership ‘cannot be reduced to a matter of technique or style’. Rather, it comes from the very identity and integrity of every individual who has chosen to take on the mantle of leadership.

Viv Grant
15 Dec 2022
4 mins read
The Journey from School to Undergraduate Study in Chemistry

The Journey from School to Undergraduate Study in Chemistry

Dr Kristy Turner offers a unique insight into supporting STEM students, from her professional Chemistry teaching and lecturing experience in both school and university. She outlines challenges and raises questions for school leaders supporting learners with their journey into higher education.

Dr Kristy Turner
10 Nov 2022
3 min read
What NQTs Look For in a School For Their Induction Year

What NQTs Look For in a School For Their Induction Year

If we want NQTs to last in the profession, it's important to consider what they need from their schools and how we can support them through the challenges ahead.

Marc J
27 Oct 2022
2 min read
Introducing: Talent Pools

Introducing: Talent Pools

We've listened to feedback from school leaders to design this simple, helpful and intuitive new feature.

Andrew King
14 Jun 2022
2 min read
Leading Excellent Inclusion: Key insights from our webinar

Leading Excellent Inclusion: Key insights from our webinar

In light of the updated SEND and AP green paper, we invited 4 expert guests to help explore the future of inclusion.

Andrew King
24 May 2022
10 min read
I'm Shattered!: Key insights from our webinar

I'm Shattered!: Key insights from our webinar

As part of our Wellbeing January, we hosted our I’m Shattered! webinar, exploring professional wellbeing support for school leaders.

Andrew King
10 Feb 2022
10 min read
Outstanding Curricula: Key insights from our webinar

Outstanding Curricula: Key insights from our webinar

Earlier in December, we hosted our Outstanding Curricula webinar in collaboration with Cornerstones Education. Here is a summary of some of the points made by our panel.

Andrew King
14 Dec 2021
10 min read
Key Insights: Education Recovery webinar

Key Insights: Education Recovery webinar

Earlier in October, Zen Educate hosted our Education Recovery: what you need to know & how to get involved webinar, looking to answer school leaders’ questions about the Department for Education’s newest education recovery package, how it works and what it means for schools.

Andrew King
12 Oct 2021
10 min read
Catch-up recovery: what do we know so far?

Catch-up recovery: what do we know so far?

In June, the Department for Education announced its £1.4 billion recovery package to help schools catch up students’ learning after the knock-on effects of the pandemic. As this funding is a combination of different schemes, we wanted to summarise and demystify the structure!

Andrew King
22 Sep 2021
5 min read
National Tutoring Programme and Zen Educate

National Tutoring Programme and Zen Educate

We are pleased to announce that Zen Educate is an Approved Tuition Partner of the National Tutoring Programme (NTP) for the 2021/22 academic year!

Andrew King
12 Sep 2021
1 min read
£3 million saved for UK schools!

£3 million saved for UK schools!

The Zen Educate team are thrilled to announce that we’ve reached another milestone!

Andrew King
31 Aug 2021
1 min read
Key Insights: Designing an Effective Catch Up Curriculum

Key Insights: Designing an Effective Catch Up Curriculum

Some key insights from our webinar hosted in collaboration with Cornerstones Education. We explored sensible approaches to supporting effective catch up and discussed how we can ensure all children’s needs are met.

Andrew King
25 Jul 2021
5 min read
Key Insights: Accountability & Use of Catch-up Funds

Key Insights: Accountability & Use of Catch-up Funds

We recently hosted a webinar based around COVID catch-up funding, as we’re keen to explore what we’re all learning about children’s current needs following 18 months of disrupted education.

Andrew King
9 Jun 2021
5 min read
Key Insights: Behaviour for Learning

Key Insights: Behaviour for Learning

Earlier this month, we hosted our Behaviour for Learning webinar, intending to shed light on the research behind best practices for behaviour management in the classroom.

Andrew King
26 May 2021
10 min read
Key insights: What Really Works with Staff Wellbeing?

Key insights: What Really Works with Staff Wellbeing?

On Tuesday 27th April, we hosted our What Really Works With Staff Wellbeing? webinar to find out how school leaders can support staff wellbeing.

Andrew King
11 May 2021
5 min read
 Effective Children's Safeguarding During Covid-19 Webinar: Key Insights

Effective Children's Safeguarding During Covid-19 Webinar: Key Insights

On the 2nd of March 2021, Zen Educate hosted a webinar on Effective Children's Safeguarding During Covid-19. Here is a summary of some of the insights given by our expert panel.

Andrew King
11 Mar 2021
5 min read
Catch Up Funding - How to Use it Effectively Webinar: Key Insights

Catch Up Funding - How to Use it Effectively Webinar: Key Insights

Some key insights from our Catch Up Funding - How to Use it Effectively webinar from the 3rd February 2021.

Andrew King
10 Feb 2021
5 min read
Towards Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing: Key insights from our webinar

Towards Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing: Key insights from our webinar

In light of the pandemic and its affects on mental health, Zen Educate hosted a Towards Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar. Read our summary of the topics discussed.

Andrew King
26 Jan 2021
5 min read
Introducing: 10 with Zen, our new podcast series!

Introducing: 10 with Zen, our new podcast series!

A series of 10-minute podcasts exploring education sector issues and topics

Andrew King
20 Jan 2021
5 min read
Understanding the Early Career Framework and Supporting NQTs: Key insights from our webinar

Understanding the Early Career Framework and Supporting NQTs: Key insights from our webinar

Earlier this week, Zen Educate hosted a joint webinar with Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust, discussing the ECF (Early Career Framework) and how to develop effective career development for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Andrew King
10 Dec 2020
5 min read
How can Teaching Assistants socially support children with SEND?

How can Teaching Assistants socially support children with SEND?

Having a strong friendship group can be a huge factor in protecting children against bullying. As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2020, Zen’s SEN lead, Olivia, suggests some ways TAs can help support children with SEND.

Olivia Sheppard
19 Nov 2020
5 read
Diversity in Education Recruitment: Key insights from school leaders

Diversity in Education Recruitment: Key insights from school leaders

Supporting diversity in teaching and school leadership positions is a challenge for the education sector, but also an opportunity to deliver better representation for children in schools. In our webinar, we welcomed three passionate leaders to share valuable insight into inclusive education recruitment practices.

Vivienne Chan
21 Oct 2020
5 read
Introducing Anonymise: helping make recruitment fairer

Introducing Anonymise: helping make recruitment fairer

Help your school systematically reduce unconscious bias from recruitment and supply decisions with our new Anonymise feature.

Jono Hey, Chief Product Officer
20 Sep 2020
5 read
Staffing challenges and solutions as more children return to school

Staffing challenges and solutions as more children return to school

An insight into how schools can effectively handle Daily Supply needs as they re-open

Oren Cohen and Helen Woodward
1 Jul 2020
5 min read
Key insights from School Leaders on Remote Interviewing

Key insights from School Leaders on Remote Interviewing

This article outlines some of the key insights shared by three school leaders during our webinar on remote interviewing.

Oliver Mann
24 Jun 2020
5 min read
Join The Great Science Share for Schools 16th June 2020

Join The Great Science Share for Schools 16th June 2020

Lynne Bianchi, of The Great Science Share for Schools, shares how you can get involved with your teachers and students in an interview with Helen Woodward.

Helen Woodward
18 May 2020
5 min read
Playing and learning outdoors: Finding the age of a tree

Playing and learning outdoors: Finding the age of a tree

This the third and final part of a series of posts that Janet Green, Forest School Practitioner, has delivered on the benefits of Outdoor Learning.

Janet Green
24 Apr 2020
5 min read
Playing and learning outdoors: Making stick pets and learning about knots

Playing and learning outdoors: Making stick pets and learning about knots

Easter is just around the corner and while schools are closed and people are indoors, there are many creative ways to be engaged and have fun whilst learning outdoors.

Janet Green
11 Apr 2020
5 min read
Playing and learning outdoors: Building dens, what you’ll need and how children can play safely.

Playing and learning outdoors: Building dens, what you’ll need and how children can play safely.

At Zen we’ve been talking with Janet Green, Forest School Practitioner, and this is the first of a series of posts exploring outdoor learning and play

Janet Green
3 Apr 2020
5 min read
4 Free & Fresh Resources for Primary School Children

4 Free & Fresh Resources for Primary School Children

4 free resources for both teachers and parents to help students learn while schools are closed

Jack Krarup
31 Mar 2020
5 min read
How a British School overseas has been implementing remote learning for the past month

How a British School overseas has been implementing remote learning for the past month

The Principal of British International School of Tbilisi, shares the struggles, opportunities and silver lining of remote learning in an interview with Helen Woodward, Zen Educate Adviser.

Helen Woodward
29 Mar 2020
5 mins read
Outdoor learning: Changing the way we view learning spaces during COVID-19

Outdoor learning: Changing the way we view learning spaces during COVID-19

Whilst the current COVID-19 crisis is putting everyone's life in a period of uncertainty - no one is facing as much unrest as the key workers across the world and the families they support. With a lot of schools remaining open to support the children of these key workers it is important to ask: Will COVID-19 change how we view the classroom? Outdoor learning seems like a prime example of exactly what this change might look like.

Jack Krarup
24 Mar 2020
5 min read
How to support children with Special Educational Needs in a supply role

How to support children with Special Educational Needs in a supply role

We’ve compiled a list of advice on how to help children with Special Needs, specifically around Autism and ADHD, for supply staff coming into a classroom.

Clare Burroughs
20 Feb 2020
4 mins read
Three ways Zen Educate can augment your September recruitment plans

Three ways Zen Educate can augment your September recruitment plans

From now on, the pressure to get ahead of the recruitment process for the next academic year will only become more imperative.

Clare Burroughs
16 Feb 2020
2 mins read
How to talk with your TAs about their future at your school

How to talk with your TAs about their future at your school

Losing and replacing a high-quality TA can be expensive, time-consuming and risky for your classroom. These three questions will help.

Clare Burroughs
31 Jan 2020
2 mins read
Beginner's Guide to Makaton

Beginner's Guide to Makaton

This practical guide shows you exactly how to do 10 of the most useful basic Makaton signs

Clare Burroughs
14 Nov 2019
5 mins read
How to best support the mental health of your teachers

How to best support the mental health of your teachers

Much has been written and researched about the impact of mental health issues on the teaching profession. Here we cover practical things your school can do to better support your teachers'.

Clare Burroughs
16 Oct 2019
5 min read
Meet our TA of the month - Marcela

Meet our TA of the month - Marcela

Every month we pick one hardworking TA and we shout to the rooftops about them. This month it’s all about Marcela.

Clare Burroughs
3 Oct 2019
4 mins read
Six things to consider when planning flexible working for TAs

Six things to consider when planning flexible working for TAs

Flexible working is becoming more mainstream, learn how to implement it in your school and why it is so valuable for your teaching assistants.

Helen Woodward
29 Sep 2019
4 mins read
Five quick & easy ways to reduce school sick leave

Five quick & easy ways to reduce school sick leave

What can be done to reduce sick leave as the colder weather arrives? We’ve gathered together some of the best simple solutions from the world of education and put them together for you below:

Clare Burroughs
12 Sep 2019
2 mins read
How to integrate supply teachers: an interview with Charlie Taylor ex-headteacher and Zen adviser

How to integrate supply teachers: an interview with Charlie Taylor ex-headteacher and Zen adviser

Charlie Taylor (former CEO of the NCTL) sat down with education specialist Tara Elie from Pivotal Education to record a podcast on integrating supply teachers.

Alice Rochford
1 Jun 2019
7 min read
World Book Day at Devonshire Hill Primary School

World Book Day at Devonshire Hill Primary School

One school that has ensured literacy and reading is widely encouraged is Devonshire Hill Primary in Tottenham and Zen Educate agreed to join in the fun on World Book Day and visited Devonshire Hill Primary School to hand out some prizes

Nardus Badenhorst
1 May 2019
3 min read
What Staff Recruitment and Retention Looks Like in 2019

What Staff Recruitment and Retention Looks Like in 2019

We sat down with education expert Dr. Hilary Macaulay to discuss the teacher recruitment and retention crisis facing UK schools in 2019.

Alice Rochford
24 Apr 2019
6min read
A Visual Guide: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

A Visual Guide: Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy

See how the Department for Education intends to support teachers entering the profession and assist those already established in their career.

Alice Rochford
3 Apr 2019
3 min read
Recruitment and Retention With a Low OFSTED Rating

Recruitment and Retention With a Low OFSTED Rating

How to tackle teacher recruitment and retention when also working to improve your school’s OFSTED score.

Headteacher
28 Mar 2019
3 min read
Who Suffers if There’s a Lack of Funding For SEND?

Who Suffers if There’s a Lack of Funding For SEND?

With cuts to education and healthcare a distressing reality, the challenges faced by SEND students and their teachers are increasing. One secondary school teacher’s experiences shed light on the necessity of proper funding for SEND students.

Secondary school teacher, London
13 Dec 2018
3 min read
Resourcing Your PE Department

Resourcing Your PE Department

A well-resourced PE department can make a world of difference to your students. Save up to £16,500 a year to reinvest in your school, via our technology-based approach to supply.

Early Years Specialist
21 Nov 2018
3 min read
Our SEND Students Deserve More

Our SEND Students Deserve More

Vulnerable children are often those left most at risk by constant funding cuts, and high agency fees merely exacerbate this issue.

Secondary School Science teacher
16 Nov 2018
3 min read
Overview of the School Workforce

Overview of the School Workforce

Slava Kremerman
14 Aug 2017
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