Teaching and Learning

Making Shakespeare relevant for your students

21 March 2013

The Playing Shakespeare scheme is running once again with a dedicated web resource for teachers. This year it’s Romeo and Juliet and English co-ordinator Becky Tapper explains how she uses the resource to discuss the relevance of the play to her students.



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.


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.


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


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.


Using PE to teach vital skills

7 February 2013

Government cuts and an obsession with competitive sport is not helpful as schools try to create a true Olympic legacy. Ben Solly looks at how we can engage every pupil in PE and teach wider skills at the same time.


SEN training for every teacher?

7 February 2013

The Every Teacher campaign wants all teachers to receive training to support students with special needs and is targeting both politicians and headteachers. Lorraine Petersen explains.


Red Nose Day: Letting your students take control

31 January 2013

Letting your students take charge of planning charitable activities boosts their confidence, supports learning and develops life-skills. John Duncan explains how his students take charge for Comic Relief.



A blueprint for ICT innovation

24 January 2013

The recent Decoding Learning study seeks to pinpoint innovative practice by teachers and students when it comes to exploiting technology in education. It offers eight approaches to innovation with ICT. Professor Rosemary Luckin explains.


Student Council Summit – developing pupil voice

24 January 2013

All Saints Catholic School recently hosted its first Student Council Summit involving nine local schools. Danni Almond explains why the school decided to create and host the event and discusses the importance of pupil voice.


Mentoring: Unlocking their potential

24 January 2013

The Unlocking Potential mentoring programme – a partnership between AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust – is being continued in 2013 after remarkable success last year. Andrew Hall explains how you can nominate your students.


The power of music in education

17 January 2013

Despite the pressures of the English Baccalaureate, Stretford High School has invested in its music provision. Head James Haseldine explains why.


Cornwall's approach to designing new ICT curricula

17 January 2013

Ahead of his seminar at the Bett Show 2013, Ed Walsh from Cornwall Learning discusses how the county’s schools are changing their approaches to ICT education and developing new curricula.


How do you define 21st century skills?

10 January 2013

What would be on your list of the 21st century skills that all students must be exposed to? Niel McLean discusses how evidence and research must contribute to this debate.





Are your students afraid of failure?

22 November 2012

Are children today too afraid of failure, taking risks or thinking for themselves? Professor Tanya Byron says that students need to develop emotional intelligence and resilience if they are to succeed. But how can schools approach this challenge?



Climate Week 2013

22 November 2012

Founder of Climate Week Kevin Steele explains how the initiative provides a platform for teachers to engage pupils to take action on climate change. He also introduces the popular Climate Week Challenge.


Developing successful music partnerships

15 November 2012

Malcolm Arnold Academy makes effective use of external musical partnerships. Michelle Reading, head of music, explains how they have achieved success with their provision.


Pedagogy unplugged ― understanding how children learn

8 November 2012

From teacher collaboration to how children learn, the work of Professor Bill Lucas is providing a blueprint for 21st century education. We preview his speech at the forthcoming SSAT National Conference when he will encourage teachers to ask: How can I do

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