Teaching and Learning

The qualities of a strong geography department

20 September 2017

What are the characteristics of a quality geography department? Drawing on submissions from the most recent round of the Geography Quality Mark, Rebecca Kitchen offers some suggestions


Tips and resources for new PSHE leads

13 September 2017

With relationships and sex education set to become statutory and the importance of PSHE in its entirety increasingly recognised, Jenny Barksfield offers those who are new to leading this vital subject some practical advice and tips to get you started


The process of learning: Improving how students learn (part 2)

13 September 2017

In the second part of his series on how students learn and the practical implications for teachers and teaching, Matt Bromley continues to explain the process of learning, discusses the secrets to accessing pupils’ long-term memories and offers three steps to improving the learning process



The process of learning: What is learning? (Part 1)

6 September 2017

Teaching is the input and learning is the output. But what goes on in-between? In this new 10-part series, Matt Bromley will be dissecting the process of teaching and asking what learning looks like – offering practical advice for school staff. In this first introductory piece, he defines what he ...


Into Film Festival 2017

6 September 2017

The annual Into Film Festival takes place in November with 3,000 free screenings and events. It is the world’s largest film education festival. Sam Wilson looks at what’s on




Inspiring pupils to love reading

5 July 2017

Following research showing that many secondary students are not challenging themselves with their reading, Karen Sullivan offers some ideas to inspire reluctant readers





Designing your subject’s curriculum

21 June 2017

Are you a middle leader charged with creating your department’s curriculum and schemes of work? Jemma Sherwood offers five things to consider when undertaking this vital task



Strategies to boost student progress: Knowing where to start

21 June 2017

There is a wealth of evidence out there about how to boost student progress. A new book by Isabella Wallace and Leah Kirkman offers advice on how to approach the research and how to choose a manageable, sustainable and focused starting point for changing your practice in the classroom


Literacy through Latin: Teaching ideas

21 June 2017

How can ancient languages such as Latin and Greek be used to inform and improve literacy teaching? Erin Miller offers some ideas and inspiration


Learning lessons from Auschwitz

21 June 2017

Since 2006, the Lessons from Auschwitz programme has seen more than 30,000 students visit the notorious Nazi death camp. In May, John Galloway joined the latest group of students and teachers travelling to Auschwitz-Birkenau


Women in Engineering Day 2017

21 June 2017

This Friday (June 23) is the annual Women in Engineering Day. Mark Williams discusses why girls seem to be alienated from engineering careers and what we might do about it...


Pedagogy: Questioning how you question…

21 June 2017

As a teacher, how often do you consider the questions you pose to your students in class? Martin Matthews discusses questioning techniques, including hinge-point questions and general good practice



How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains


The many and varied benefits of reading...

14 June 2017

Reading, even for short periods, has an impact on brain development and academic achievement, but also develops other skills such as empathy. Karen Sullivan explains



The influence of ED Hirsch: A response

14 June 2017

A recent piece in SecEd critiqued the influence of ED Hirsch on our politicians and our curriculum. Having read the arguments, teacher Michael Fordham offers his response, arguing that our curriculum is far from a Hirschian one


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