Teaching and Learning


Ideas to get them reading

3 July 2019

Getting secondary school pupils to pick up a book and develop a love of reading can sometimes be a challenge. School librarian Stephanie Horton explains the three core strategies employed at Smith’s Wood Academy and offers a few ideas and tips...


Death by PowerPoint and how to avoid it...

3 July 2019

PowerPoint can get a bad rep in the classroom and we can feel ashamed to use it. However, as with many teaching tools, it has its place. Gerry Mallaghan looks at how to use it well


Get out from behind the desk...

20 June 2019

Effective classroom circulation is crucial, says Adam Riches. In fact, if you are sitting behind your desk while your pupils work, you are missing several tricks...



Using video effectively in your lessons

12 June 2019

Film clips can prove a powerful pupil engagement tool for teachers, but what are the golden rules for using video in lessons? Dr Neelam Parmar advises




NQT Special Edition: Classroom routines...

5 June 2019

Establishing classroom rules and routines is a vital part of good teaching. Matt Bromley advises trainee teachers and NQTs on developing and building on effective practice



Female-role models within the curriculum

5 June 2019

Are the experiences and contributions of women featured in your school’s curriculum? What about women of colour? Shalina Patel looks at how we can ensure that what we are teaching is properly representative of the society in which we live


RSE: Preparing for September 2020

5 June 2019

The introduction of statutory relationships and sex education is drawing closer. Anna Cole looks at the aspects that might prove most controversial – or tricky – for school leaders


An unapology for poetry in school

21 May 2019

Poetry in schools can open the door to so many other areas of learning and skills. It can be the springboard to other literature and texts, more articulate and confident students, and can engage students like no other medium. Kathy James offers some ideas...


Getting group work right

15 May 2019

A culture of regular group work in your classroom can help to develop and embed crucial learning and social skills. Tom Knott explains his approach...


Encouraging students to think divergently

15 May 2019

Our obsession with exam preparation and the curriculum script is resulting in dull lessons and the loss of divergent thought, lateral thinking and creation. Joel Wirth looks at how we must be brave if we are to teach our pupils how to think


Evidence-based pedagogies

13 May 2019

With a focus on her school’s geography teaching, Kate Mouncey looks at the evidence-based strategies and pedagogy they have employed to meet the challenge of the new GCSE and A level courses and the move to terminal examinations


Ideas for stretch and challenge in key stage 3

9 May 2019

Stretch and challenge should always be the teacher’s priority – for all pupils – but this can be a difficult ask, especially at key stage 3 where classes are often very mixed in terms of ability. Andy McHugh offers some ideas


What is the jigsaw classroom technique?

8 May 2019

Created in response to racial turmoil in Texas, the jigsaw classroom is an evidence-based approach to building relationships and fostering cooperative learning. John Dabell explains


Curriculum design under the new Ofsted regime

8 May 2019

The new Ofsted inspection framework will see a focus on the breadth of your school’s curriculum offer, including its ‘intent’, ‘implementation’ and ‘impact’. In light of these changes, Matt Bromley looks at how schools might plan their curriculum...


LGBT within high-quality RSE

8 May 2019

What can schools do to make LGBT-inclusive approaches central to high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education for all pupils. Lucy Emmerson offers some guidance


Effective teacher modelling

9 April 2019

Effective teacher modelling can help to address misconceptions before they arise. Adam Riches advises how teachers can make this approach work in their classrooms


Getting started with metacognition theories

8 April 2019

Many trainee teachers will have been introduced to metacognition theories and strategies for learning. Kate Sida-Nicholls looks at how we can begin to filter these into our teaching



Revision techniques: Interleaving and spacing

3 April 2019

‘Spacing’ refers to revision throughout the course of study, while ‘interleaving’ means switching between ideas while you learn. Both techniques can help boost students’ long-term memories and retrieval of key information. Helen Webb explains


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

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