We Heard You!

#TinyVoiceTuesday began on Tuesday 11th February 2020 and it has been wonderful that so many tiny voices have been heard over the past four weeks. Thank you to everyone who has listened, responded and retweeted – you have really helped #TinyVoiceTuesday to succeed.

This post consists of a number of the questions asked by the Tiny Voices, in case the questions and subsequent answers help others – just click on the Twitter username above the question and it will take you to the thread. Please add to the thread with your ideas too – the more responses the better. I have attempted to organise the questions into groups and alphabetically, in the hope that you will be able to navigate through them more easily – hopefully I have done this in a way that makes sense to you too!

If you have a question that you would like answered on #TinyVoiceTuesday then tweet it on Tuesday, include the hashtag #TinyVoiceTuesday and tag me into the tweet @toriaclaire. If you follow me, you will know that I send out lots of reminders on Monday so that everyone remembers to ask their questions on Tuesday. If you would like these reminders, all you need to do is follow me – @toriaclaire.

I hope you find this post useful. If you do, please comment below and if I get a positive response, I will do a post like this each month which will summarise the #TinyVoiceTuesday questions for that month!

Have a wonderful week!

Art/ Photography


Any #photography teachers out there? Although I’m Art trained,It’s my first year teaching photography as a specialist subject. Looking for ideas/inspiration that could engage my class of eager learners – Thanks in advance!



#TinyVoiceTuesday does anyone have any good ideas for an assembly on lent that I can do tomorrow?



Morning! What do your lovely primary schools do about attendance and punctuality? Reward high %? Is there another way when it isn’t the child’s fault if they are absent/late?



I’m in the process of re-writing my schools behaviour policy. Does anyone have any tips? Good examples for me to look at it? Or any advice? Thanking you all in advance!


#TinyVoiceTuesday Any strategies for that very enthusiastic, needs to be heard, child, who can’t help but jump up and call out (even when we have no hands up/lolly sticks/behaviour chart/show on your hands/wbs and other strategies in place as a class/school to reduce this!)


How can you help someone who seems to think they don’t need to listen to any instructions? Particularly in writing?


Afternoon all, I’m a year 3 teacher in a large junior school. Looking to develop resilience in children at school and at home. #TinyVoiceTuesday


Thinking with my HOY hat on this morning. In my current year 9 cohort, I have 60% male and the ‘lad culture’, aggressive behaviour and immaturity can sometimes be an issue. Does anyone have any creative ideas to address these issues?


I’m a TA and whenever I read to the yr6class there is a lot of low level whispering/ chatting/ distraction… I think it’s because they aren’t used to being read to (it’s not a daily occurrence) and also because the teacher isn’t there…any advice?!

Blogging/ Writing


I’m new to Twitter, tweeting about life, teaching & mental health. Plan to start blogging if I ever get time – any tips on how/where to start, good blog host sites that are free etc? Thanks

Career Advice


Best tips for finding your first job please. What should I be doing/looking for to find the right school?


It’s my mid performance appraisal on Thursday and I want to talk about my professional development. We’ve been asked to come up with ideas. Eventually I want to be SLT so what is the most vital experiences you’ve had and what do you recommend I do?


If you could give one piece of advice and ONE piece only to an NQT what would it be?



I’m hoping that there might be someone on #TinyVoiceTuesday who is currently using Microsoft Teams with their classes? Thinking of introducing it at FE & HE (in place of a VLE) but would love to have some more info if people had it!


Currently having issues with our Classroom Management Software. I need to be able to both lock screens & show my screen to pupils in my classroom without PCs losing connection. Does anybody have any recommendations for software that’s reliable?



I’m moving into #EAL teaching at an international school and keen to connect with other teachers, especially those based in Asia. #TinyVoiceTuesday

Early Years


How do you encourage EYFS children to read at home? Last year I had no problems with this whereas this year I only have a handful of children who read regularly!


I’ve got year R-2 altogether for WBD on Thursday. I’d like to do something very interactive/continuous provision style. Any ideas? I was thinking something along the lines of making porridge, and then making 3 bears chairs in the woods…

Feedback & Marking


Good morning #TinyVoiceTuesday I am looking for advice/evidence on ks3 assessment and no marking. I am trialling a few things but it’s always useful to get other peoples’ ideas.

Key Stage 1


I’m wanting to look at how I implement continuous provision better in my classroom. It’s my first year in Year 1 and I feel like I’m not getting it quite right. How do others do it? #TinyVoiceTuesday


I am about to start my final PGCE placement in KS1. Does anyone have any advice.



#TinyVoiceTuesday looking to connect with leaders who have struggled with a setback – looking for your stories, tips and advice!


I’m looking for out of the box thinking about leading writing. Trying to develop teaching and learning without emphasis on observations and book looks. So far I have had gap planning discussions with staff which went really well.


Morning all #TinyVoiceTuesdayUnites today I am pondering how best to help staff engage with research evidence. Any ideas greatly received! #TinyVoiceTuesday


If you were to implement a research informed initiative (having considered your own context obviously) would you a) Show all staff the research and allow them to comment etc or b) Do a light touch and then have the research available for those who wish to know more/ don’t engage?


I’m looking for some different views from #TinyVoiceTuesday. We are redoing our KS3 schemes and have been toying with amount of guidance to give staff. Do people prefer prescriptive & resourced schemes of work, or freedom to plan and map your own based on some objectives? Thanks!