Teaching and Learning

Ideas to raise students’ aspirations

25 May 2016

There are lots of programmes, initiatives and ideas out there to help schools in raising the aspirations of disadvantaged students. Karen Sullivan reports


Character Education: Defining and embedding resilience

18 May 2016

Resilience is becoming a buzzword in education and is a key part of the character education agenda. But what is it, how should we define it, how can it be embedded in the curriculum and how can we evaluate it? Ross McWilliam discusses some possible approaches







Auditing your school's character education provision

11 May 2016

How can you audit your school’s character education provision? SecEd’s resident character education expert Matt Bawden offers some practical insights on auditing and measuring our implicit and explicit practice


Improving your homework provision

11 May 2016

Homework is only worthwhile if it has an impact. Jennifer Jays, discusses her work to turnaround her school’s homework strategy


Geography: From assessment to fieldwork

11 May 2016

Hundreds of geography teachers gathered recently for the Geographical Association’s annual conference. Alan Kinder summarises the key issues and debates



Using project-based learning in your classroom

4 May 2016

The impact that project-based learning can have on student outcomes and motivation is well-known. In the first of a two-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the golden rules for incorporating this approach into your classroom and the curriculum


Raising aspirations: The PACE programme

4 May 2016

The PACE programme is the culmination of one school’s work to boost curriculum enrichment, teach character and skills, raise aspirations, and broaden horizons. Paula Arrowsmith explains how it works


Building your presence in the classroom

4 May 2016

Presence in the classroom – it is that special something that makes the best teachers. Kathy Oxtoby seeks advice on how young teachers can develop their own presence and gravitas in front of students


Delivering an effective enrichment programme

4 May 2016

Enrichment programmes are a popular platform for schools to engage their pupils in the wider community and teach important life-skills. Ellie Jones shares her insights on best practice


Assessing computing: Practical approaches

27 April 2016

Computing is slowly becoming an established part of the curriculum, but many schools are still finding their feet – especially when it comes to assessment. Expert Terry Freedman discusses some practical approaches to effective assessment in computing


Delivering an effective Extended Project

20 April 2016

Monkseaton High’s recent Ofsted ‘outstanding’ grade included high praise for the school’s work in relation to the Extended Project Qualification. So, what are the ingredients of a successful EPQ teaching programme? Dr Andrew K Shenton and Andy Sherlaw offer some practical advice


Ideas for developing pupils’ resilience

20 April 2016

They may be the most examined, but many believe that today's children are the most 'untested' in history. So, how can we nurture the resilience they will need in their lives ahead? Garry Freeman offers some advice


Character education resources released

20 April 2016

Teaching Character Through Subjects – the new government-funded character education resources – have been released. Matt Bawden explains what they are all about


Boosting students’ interest in STEM

20 April 2016

The Your Life campaign’s Tough Choices report highlights the issue of declining interest in STEM as students get older and looks to inspire schools and industry to tackle the problem. Rhiannon Thomas explains



Factors influencing careers advice and work experience

13 April 2016

Research into young people’s aspirations and the careers information they receive has unearthed worrying findings about the factors that influence whether pupils get effective careers advice and work experience. Professor Louise Archer and Emily MacLeod explain


Using Shakespeare to support your pupils

13 April 2016

Shakespeare is not just the domain of English lessons and can be used to tackle a wealth of issues across school life. Drawing on the work, resources and expertise of Shakespeare’s Globe, Georghia Ellinas explains more



What’s next for key stage 3?

16 March 2016

With the increasing demands of key stage 4 and recent Ofsted criticism of provision in years 7, 8 and 9, Suanne O’Farrell looks at how schools can best use key stage 3 to support students’ achievement and their wider learning

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