Teaching and Learning

The history of protest songs

4 October 2012

The latest Amnesty resource and activity for schools focuses on the history of protest songs and challenges students to create their own. Naomi Westland explains.


Human rights: Campaigning for change

3 October 2012

With more than 500 Amnesty Youth Groups now active in schools across the UK, Alice Woodhouse looks at why students are engaged by human rights campaigning.


Embracing risk in the classroom

27 September 2012

Fearing that learning today has become too 'safe', teachers at King Edward VI Grammar School developed a strategy to bring more risk, excitement and challenge into their classrooms.


Project-based homework

27 September 2012

In a bid to transform student engagement with homework, Caistor Yarborough Academy has introduced project-based assignments which span up to seven weeks and are student-led. Kathryn Fowler explains.


Innovating Learning

27 September 2012

From creativity and risk-taking to co-construction and independent learning, the SecEd preview supplement for the 20th SSAT National Conference focuses on a range of issues and school case studies related to the Innovating Learning, the event's title.


Our Money, Our Future

20 September 2012

The National Children's Bureau and financial education charity pfeg are helping young people to campaign for financial education to be taught in their school and have released a new toolkit. Sophie Wood explains.


Alternative sports

6 September 2012

Offering secondary students a choice of traditional and non-traditional PE is helping foster more positive attitudes to sport, says world number one inline skater Jenna Downing.


Homework: To set, or not to set...

6 September 2012

The pros and cons of homework have long been argued in the staffroom. Now that the government has scrapped the official homework guidelines, Dorothy Lepkowska considers both sides of the homework debate.


Creative thinking

5 September 2012

Engaging teachers in research to inform best practice can unleash untapped creativity and sustainable improvement, says Gareth Mills.


The Chinese revolution

30 August 2012

An understanding of Chinese history, culture and language will be increasingly crucial for our younger generations. Dr Judith McClure introduces the Scotland-China Education Network, including its new student ambassadors scheme.


Reaching their full potential

5 July 2012

The Prince's Trust's xl programme helps students who may, for whatever reason, be struggling in schools to achieve their potential. Lauren Hyams explains.


Giving your students free rein

5 July 2012

The need for assessment can often restrict the scope of students' work. Kester Brewin reports on a statistics project that is wide-ranging, student-led, ethical, challenging ― all because it is not going to be marked.


Games design and coding

28 June 2012

Games industry veteran Harvey Elliott urges schools to embrace games design and coding and looks at a new initiative that can help.


The enigmas of Alan Turing

28 June 2012

Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing was a national hero and a mathematical genius. Teacher Kester Brewin considers how his inspiring yet tragic story could engage your students.



Stretching their horizons

21 June 2012

Nick Parks, an international ski and mountain guide and former head of outdoor education at Marlborough College, discusses how travel can be used across the curriculum and the work of the Stretching Horizons network.


Students' science aspirations

21 June 2012

Professor Louise Archer reports on research into the attitudes of young students towards STEM subjects and careers as they move from primary to secondary ― and the implications for key stage 3 teaching.


The power of pets

14 June 2012

The educational and therapeutic effects that an animal can bring are well recognised, but what about their potential in the secondary school environment, especially with hard-to-reach students? Teacher Isobel Durrant takes a look.


Science centres of excellence

14 June 2012

The National STEM Centre and its regional hubs offer a wealth of CPD support for science teachers and co-ordinators, with many resources available for free. Yvonne Baker explains more.

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