Teaching and Learning

Teachers' use of language to close the attainment gap

23 May 2013

One of the biggest barriers to achievement is a lack of language skills. Amy Benziane looks at how we can close the achievement gap by encouraging language development – including the role that teachers’ own use of language has to play.


The countdown to computing

23 May 2013

An expert group has been convened by the DfE to develop advice, resources and CPD as schools prepare for the introduction of the new computing curriculum. Bob Harrison explains.



Resources to help teachers focus on finance

16 May 2013

Campaigners are celebrating after the inclusion of financial education in the draft national curriculum for England. Tracey Bleakley looks at what schools will need to deliver and what support and resources are out there to help.


Where next for secondary school sport?

16 May 2013

Despite all the talk of Olympic legacy, funding for secondary school sport runs dry this September. Former PE teacher and sports coach Crispin Andrews looks back at two years of sporting cuts and asks what next?



The rise of creative writing

2 May 2013

Paul Munden argues for the place of creative writing as a distinct subject in our schools and its power to encourage wider creativity in students.


App development in the classroom

2 May 2013

With the new computing curriculum prioritising programming skills, Torsten Stauch argues that app development projects can help schools to inject creativity into the new programmes of study.


Computing: Are you ready?

25 April 2013

The programmes of study for the new computing curriculum will come into force in September 2014. ICT teacher James Dent looks at how professionals and schools in his area are preparing.


Teaching students how to talk

18 April 2013

Schools can make great strides in tackling underachievement by improving students’ spoken language skills across the curriculum. Jean Gross, the former government Communication Champion for children, reports on some of the great practice she has seen.


Engaging all students in school sport

18 April 2013

Everyone is talking about a London 2012 legacy, but champion skateboarder and student mentor Neil Danns says great work is already taking place in schools. He discusses how we can engage all students in school sports.


Reigniting their love of MFL

21 March 2013

A new initiative is encouraging schools to combine language teaching with the teaching of other key subjects. Suzi Bewell takes a look at the immersion approach to MFL.


Bridging the achievement gap

21 March 2013

Closing the achievement gap is a challenge every school faces. After an inspiring trip to schools in New Orleans, Jackie Bowen explains how she developed new approaches once back in the UK.


Delivering a whole education

21 March 2013

There are now more than 500 schools in the Whole Education network, all working to deliver a truly rounded education for their students. Chris Holmwood reports from a recent conference.


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.


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