Teaching and Learning

Helping students to handle exam stress

20 March 2019

Exam season is on the horizon and we must help students to handle the pressure if they are to excel. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers some practical ideas for reducing stress and anxiety in the run up to exams


Building positive student relationships

20 March 2019

Building positive student relationships can have an above average impact on outcomes. But it is not always straight-forward. Having moved to a new school, Caroline Sherwood discusses how she has begun to build those crucial relationships


Independent learning projects: Out on their own...

20 March 2019

Familiar or new? A student’s topic selection for independent learning assignments can be crucial, but should they stick to what they know or explore uncharted waters? Dr Andrew K Shenton discusses


The traits of super teachers

13 March 2019

There is no such thing as a super teacher. But if one did exist, what abilities would they exhibit? John Dabell looks at some of the traits of great teachers and urges all teachers to reject imposter syndrome and recognise their many talents...



How to talk to your students about puberty

6 March 2019

Public Health England has published a range of PSHE resources focused on puberty. Drawing on these and signposting other support, Adele Bates looks at how we can tackle this sensitive topic with students


The death of teaching: A race to the Bottom?

27 February 2019

What classroom and teaching practices might we change in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching? In the final part of his series, Joel Wirth looks at key stage 3, which he fears is too often anodyne and pointless...



The death of teaching: Know who you’re not

6 February 2019

What common classroom practices might we change in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Continuing his series, Joel Wirth looks this week at rules, and why ‘firm but fair’ consistency is vital


Integrated curriculum financial planning

6 February 2019

Integrated curriculum financial planning, which brings together curriculum and budget, is all the rage, but it is not a new concept. Julia Harnden explains more and asks what it can do for us...


The death of teaching: Gone in 420 seconds

30 January 2019

In SecEd this half-term, Joel Wirth is looking at common classroom practices that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. This week he discusses how we must handle the first seven minutes of any lesson...




In the classroom: Getting scaffolding right

30 January 2019

Scaffolding is an essential part of teaching, but has its real meaning become lost? Annabel Daniels says we must focus on scaffolding strategies rather than tools. With a focus on English study, she offers some practical reflections



School ethos, vision and aspiration

30 January 2019

Character, aspiration and school ethos are all linked. Matt Bawden advises on the importance of school ethos, how it links to aspiration, and how we must communicate it. He offers three guiding principles for using school ethos or vision to raise aspirations



The death of teaching: It’s good to talk

23 January 2019

Continuing his series, Joel Wirth looks at common classroom practices that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Next up is how we manage classroom talk and discussion


The death of teaching: The pen as anchor

16 January 2019

In this six-part series, Joel Wirth takes a look at common elements of classroom practice that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Next up is our reliance on the pen...


Comic Relief 2019: It’s a laughing matter

16 January 2019

Red Nose Day 2019 takes place on Friday, March 15. Laura Wilson from Comic Relief offers some ideas for using laughter to boost student welllbeing while also raising vital funds


EAL: Classroom strategies and ideas

9 January 2019

Continuing our series on supporting learners who have English as an additional language, Dr Ruth Wilson offers us some effective strategies for the secondary classroom




Metacognition: Classroom strategies

21 November 2018

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit ranks metacognition and self-regulation practices as among the most effective. Matt Bromley continues his focus on these strategies by offering six teaching approaches for the classroom


The surprising impact of cycling

21 November 2018

Gear-up pupils and saddle-up the staffroom! Sean Harris looks at the wide-ranging impact of one school’s GEAReD Up project, which introduced cycling to year 7 students – including those on the Pupil Premium

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