Best Practice


Apps and Pi in education

14 March 2013

With the advent of the Raspberry Pi and cheap apps for handheld devices, the opportunities for cost-effective ICT projects and lessons are increasing. Edmund West takes a look at Raspberry Pi and three apps which are proving popular.


What’s the point of school?

7 March 2013

How do we prepare students for a future that is unknown? Professor Bill Lucas discusses four tenets of an ‘expansive education’ to help us meet this challenge, and introduces a network which is pioneering these approaches.




Conducting the perfect teaching job interview

7 March 2013

What is the best way to get the most from interviews with prospective teachers looking for a job at your school? Darryl Mydat provides some interview guidance for schools looking to recruit new staff.


Busting the theatre myths

7 March 2013

Students who want to work in the theatre are often put-off their ambitions for fear it is too tough an industry. Susan Elkin’s new book aims to help schools better advise young people.


Student e-safety: access vs protection

7 March 2013

Use of the internet is now ubiquitous, with students having unlimited access to a wide range of services from school and home. How do we provide access to this rich exciting world while protecting them from the worst? James Garnett offers some advice.


The potential of Teacher Learning Communities in education

7 March 2013

Schools are increasingly embracing the idea of giving their teachers time to share best practice, learn together and improve their skills as a group. Amy Benziane discusses Teacher Learning Communities and the approaches that have proved successful in her




Motivating students to engage with language learning

28 February 2013

With languages no longer compulsory at key stage 4, showing students the relevance of languages and inspiring them to want to take their learning further is key. Karine Kleywegt looks at her school’s approach.



Are you heading to the Education Show 2013?

28 February 2013

The Education Show takes place in Birmingham next month offering a range CPD seminars hosted by education experts and policy specialists. We preview this year’s event.


Getting to good: How one school turned itself around

21 February 2013

Malcolm Arnold Academy’s predecessor school was failing in every Ofsted category. Two years later, the school has been rated good with outstanding features. Principal Philip Cantwell looks at how this turnaround has been achieved.



The misuse of international studies in UK education

21 February 2013

The misuse and oversimplification of international surveys and comparisons can lead to misleading statements being made about English education. Dr Newman Burdett looks at how we should be interpreting international data.


Bett 2013: The year of tablets and cloud

20 February 2013

The world-famous Bett education technology exhibition saw hundreds of exhibitors and CPD seminars and thousands of visitors when it took place in London. Sal McKeown rounds up Bett 2013 – the year of tablets and the cloud.



Conference preview: Education Innovation

20 February 2013

A new national education conference and exhibition takes place in Manchester next month with free entry for teachers. Janet Murray looks at the programme.


Freeing teachers to innovate with ICT

7 February 2013

By allowing teachers to innovate with technology, we can drive whole-system reform. Kathleen Stokes discusses Nesta’s work to help education design better ICT tools and practices and to make better use of existing technologies.


Talking tablets in school

7 February 2013

Do the educational advantages outweigh the potential technical difficulties of tablets in schools? Luke Noonan asks the question.


How can we continue to raise the quality of our teaching?

7 February 2013

Sharing your ‘butterfly’ practices, good behaviour management, evidence-led CPD and nurturing teacher expertise were listed as some of the keys to raising the quality teaching during a “Tweet-Up” debate featuring Sir Tim Brighouse and Professor Dylan Wili


A case study of a successful Trust School

7 February 2013

While everyone is talking about academies, much less is spoken about Trust Schools, also introduced under the last government. Abid Butt explains why his school – Lyndon School in Solihull – has embraced Trust School status.


The place of subjects and skills in the curriculum

7 February 2013

The relationship between subjects and skills and their place in the curriculum is at the heart of the debate over what 21st century education should look like. Bill Watkin introduces two articles from two schools outlining their different approaches.


Literacy learning ideas

7 February 2013

Sarah Hughes looks at a number of tried-and-tested ideas to engage and motivate your students in improving their literacy levels.

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