Teaching and Learning




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


Innovative secondary language projects

8 November 2012

The European Language Label recognises innovation in the teaching of languages across the continent. This year, seven UK secondary projects were among the winners. Imke Djouadj and Eva Oliver take a look.


Five approaches that will make our schools world class

24 October 2012

The Whole Education Network champions and shares innovative practice in education. David Crossley considers five key approaches in areas including assessment, accountability and teacher creativity that will help our schools to become world class.


The role of self-esteem

18 October 2012

Everyone should have high self-esteem ― or should they? Dr Stephanie Thornton asks if we have got the balance between praise and realism right.


The Google approach

18 October 2012

Inspired by Google's model of freeing up 20 per cent of employee time for creative thinking, Matthew Bebbington introduced the concept at his school.


Redesigning DT

11 October 2012

When she was asked to redraft the design technology programme for her chain of academies, experienced designer Emily Campbell went back to basics.


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.

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