Teaching and Learning

Designing your subject’s curriculum

21 June 2017

Are you a middle leader charged with creating your department’s curriculum and schemes of work? Jemma Sherwood offers five things to consider when undertaking this vital task



Strategies to boost student progress: Knowing where to start

21 June 2017

There is a wealth of evidence out there about how to boost student progress. A new book by Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman offers advice on how to approach the research and how to choose a manageable, sustainable and focused starting point for changing your practice in the classroom


Literacy through Latin: Teaching ideas

21 June 2017

How can ancient languages such as Latin and Greek be used to inform and improve literacy teaching? Erin Miller offers some ideas and inspiration


Learning lessons from Auschwitz

21 June 2017

Since 2006, the Lessons from Auschwitz programme has seen more than 30,000 students visit the notorious Nazi death camp. In May, John Galloway joined the latest group of students and teachers travelling to Auschwitz-Birkenau


Women in Engineering Day 2017

21 June 2017

This Friday (June 23) is the annual Women in Engineering Day. Mark Williams discusses why girls seem to be alienated from engineering careers and what we might do about it...


Pedagogy: Questioning how you question…

21 June 2017

As a teacher, how often do you consider the questions you pose to your students in class? Martin Matthews discusses questioning techniques, including hinge-point questions and general good practice



How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains


The many and varied benefits of reading...

14 June 2017

Reading, even for short periods, has an impact on brain development and academic achievement, but also develops other skills such as empathy. Karen Sullivan explains



The influence of ED Hirsch: A response

14 June 2017

A recent piece in SecEd critiqued the influence of ED Hirsch on our politicians and our curriculum. Having read the arguments, teacher Michael Fordham offers his response, arguing that our curriculum is far from a Hirschian one



Six tips for effective lesson observations

7 June 2017

To help reduce workload for both observer and observee during lesson observations in mathematics, Lucy Rycroft-Smith offers six evidence-informed best practice tips



Activities to tackle hate speech

7 June 2017

Sadly, cyber-bullying and online hate speech is now a part of modern online life, especially on social media. Mark Walker describes some activities that we can use with students to tackle potential problems and raise awareness



The role of the ‘M’ in STEM

24 May 2017

There are significant overlaps across the new STEM curricula, especially between science and maths. Michael Anderson discusses what this means for schools and the renewed importance of cross-curricular learning


Interventions to raise attainment in MFL

24 May 2017

A project focused on raising attainment in French and Spanish saw Karine Buffon introduce a number of interventions, especially targeting disadvantaged and underachieving pupils


Curriculum: The influence of ED Hirsch...

17 May 2017

As part of his Master’s studies, teacher Greg Sloan has dissected the impact that ED Hirsch’s influence on education ministers has had on our curriculum culture. He argues why this will do nothing for the culture of success in our schools...


Ideas for effective differentiation

10 May 2017

How do you teach a mixed-ability class effectively? Helen Webb offers some practical advice and ideas to help achieve effective differentiation in your classroom


The power of STEM study visits

10 May 2017

Professional study visits and placements for science teachers can enhance practice back in the classroom and provide vital insights. Adam Little and Mark Langley explain


Teaching perseverance

10 May 2017

After tackling wisdom and optimism, Dr Stephanie Thornton now considers how we might ‘teach’ and encourage our students to develop skills of perseverance


Ideas for teaching wisdom

3 May 2017

Dr Stephanie Thornton continues her series on the teaching of traits and skills to our pupils. This time, she considers ‘wisdom’ and whether we can teach the young to be wise


Is there creativity in your classroom?

3 May 2017

Creativity is not just for art, music or after-school clubs. Teacher Martin Matthews explains how we must all try to bring creativity into our classrooms – no matter what the subject (or the curriculum)

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