Teaching and Learning

The 7 levels of student impact

17 October 2013

A recent article on student impact – as opposed to student voice or leadership – generated much debate. Its author Tom Middlehurst responds by defining the seven levels of student involvement in school life.


‘In 22 years, I have never seen anything quite like it’

17 October 2013

When musician, writer and performer Lois Walden visited an inner city London school to engage with 24 shy and introverted students, Karen Sullivan was uncertain about the impact she would have. But the experience left her – and the students –mesmerised.



The National Youth Film Festival

3 October 2013

The first National Youth Film Festival kicks off later this month when film screenings, industry workshops and a range of other activities will take place – all with key educational themes. Sam Wilson explains.



Keeping your students active

3 October 2013

New website Sport No Sweat is dedicated to tackling the ‘inactivity’ epidemic among 15 to 18-year-olds and is a useful resource for the classroom. Al Campbell gives us 11 reasons why teens must keep active.


The Amnesty Teacher Programme

26 September 2013

Amnesty International has launched a brand new CPD programme designed to help teachers inspire their students and enliven their lessons by engaging with citizenship education and human rights. Ciara McGuane explains.


Ideas for film education

26 September 2013

Jonny Persey argues for the benefits of film-making and film education at secondary school and offers some ideas.


Giving effective student feedback

19 September 2013

Effective student feedback is increasingly being recognised as a key influence on learning and student achievement. Matt Bromley offers some ideas to improve your feedback strategies.



What is Student Impact?

19 September 2013

If we are to transform our schooling system then we must truly engage with our students. While student voice or student leadership is common practice, Tom Middlehurst argues that we need to embrace a new concept – Student Impact.


Ideas for using the Raspberry Pi

12 September 2013

Raspberry Jam is a global community of people who work with and develop practice using the Raspberry Pi. Its founder, school principal Alan O’Donohoe, explains why you should consider the credit card-sized computer and how it can best be used in the class



The ripples of history

12 September 2013

A poignant trip to Lithuania to investigate the impact of the Holocaust caused Chris Hirst to reflect on how we can approach this horrifying subject with year 7 pupils.


A whole-school approach to improving literacy

12 September 2013

Tackling the attainment gap between Pupil Premium pupils and their peers at King Edward VII College has been a key focus for staff, including the aim of improving literacy levels. Cathy Bhundia discusses their strategies.


New school year resolutions

12 September 2013

September brings with it a fresh start for teachers across the country. School leader Ben Solly offers some ideas for New Year Resolutions that will help you to be the best you can be this year.


How to boost your pupils' memory skills

5 September 2013

Developing an effective working memory can go a long way to helping students achieve their potential in exams and wider school life. Sal McKeown looks at how some schools are promoting good memory skills.




Working together to develop leadership practice

4 July 2013

Schools in West Sussex are embracing the challenge of the Redesigning Schooling campaign to develop their leadership and educational practice in key areas. Caroline Barlow explains.






Success with student group work

13 June 2013

Group work is important in fostering students’ learning skills, but ensuring this approach is effective can be difficult. Dr Stephanie Thornton offers some practical advice for fostering better classroom dialogue and pushing student group work in the righ

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