Teaching and Learning

Alcohol education: Advice and resources

16 November 2016

To mark Alcohol Awareness Week, the charity Drinkaware has provided resources to help schools tackle the dangers of alcohol during PSHE sessions. Expert Lesley de Meza offers some advice


Extra-curricular activities: Just for fun?

16 November 2016

Has our culture of academic achievement at all costs begun to infect even the extra-curricular and hobby pursuits of our young people? Dr Pooky Knightsmith underlines the importance of doing things ‘just for fun’


Character education: Environment, empathy and failure

16 November 2016

What has your school’s response to the character agenda been? Dr Morgan Phillips offers a broad discussion about what character is, the challenges for schools in ‘teaching’ it, and the importance of environment, empathy and failure


Ideas for teaching critical thinking

9 November 2016

We all agree that critical thinking is essential for today’s young people – but just how do you teach these crucial skills? John Dabell advises


Character education: Teaching them curiosity

9 November 2016

Curiosity is a difficult skill to teach and perhaps harder still to harness and direct. Our resident character education expert, Matt Bawden, explores the nature and use of curiosity in education


Extra-curricular: The fall and rise of enrichment

9 November 2016

In tough economic times, enrichment is often one of the first things to go, but schools ditch these activities at their peril, warns Paul Gammans. He considers what an effective enrichment programme should entail and argues why teachers should be given the time to get involved


A solution to the teacher shortage in mathematics

9 November 2016

With the shortage in maths teachers starting to bite, one academy trust has come up with its own innovative solution to ensuring a steady supply of maths specialists. Tarun Kapur explains


Pedagogy: Video killed the teaching star

12 October 2016

The use of film and video clips in the classroom is common, but Paul Gammans believes it is often done without justification, adding nothing to learning outcomes and switching pupils off learning. He presents his arguments and then offers some practical advice for how film might be better used by ...



Character, the community and your school ethos

5 October 2016

Character education is at the heart of personal development and often defines a school’s ethos. But how best can we deliver these messages of personal development to parents and into the community. Matt Bawden looks at some different approaches


Key stage 3: Avoiding the year 8 ‘dip’

28 September 2016

Continuing his focus on key stage 3 education, Matt Bromley looks at how we can tackle the common problem of the year 8 ‘dip’, when students can suffer from a lack of motivation and engagement


Engaging reluctant readers

28 September 2016

Younger reluctant readers in secondary education are in danger of entering adult life functionally illiterate – with all the risks that this brings. Georgina Jones offers some advice on re-engaging these learners with reading


Getting your body language right

28 September 2016

What does your body language say to your students? Adam Riches discusses how you can give your teaching a helping hand by focusing on your body language




Into Film Festival 2016

21 September 2016

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 9 to 25 with more than 3,000 free screenings for schools as well as a host of workshops and other activities. Key themes this year include diversity, wellbeing and anti-bullying. Festival artistic director Sam Wilson explains more


Shakespeare Schools Festival

21 September 2016

This year, the Shakespeare Schools Festival is set to reach more than 35,000 children, culminating in live performances in real theatre venues across the country. Susan Elkin explains


What does effective student feedback look like? Part 2

14 September 2016

Good feedback can have a significant impact on student progress. In the second part of this two-part article, teacher Helen Webb continues her research review on effective feedback, looking at assessment for learning, peer and self-assessment, the role of marking and the views of Ofsted


Effective computing CPD: Advice and resources

14 September 2016

The introduction of the computing curriculum has proved challenging for schools. Mark Dorling looks at what CPD is available and urges school leaders to prioritise teacher support and development


Key stage 3: Year 6 to 7 transition

14 September 2016

This term in SecEd, Matt Bromley is focusing on boosting outcomes for learners at key stage 3. He looks here at the process of transition and how we can best help pupils to prepare and cope with the move from year 6 to 7


Teaching A level mathematics

14 September 2016

If you’re new to the chalkface, the challenge of teaching A level maths can be a tough one. Michael Anderson offers a few pointers and looks at the changing curriculum requirements



Key stage 3: Effective homework

7 September 2016

This term, Matt Bromley will be turning his attention to key stage 3, offering practical advice on a range of issues to help schools and teachers boost outcomes. He begins with a look at homework and the role it has to play during years 7 to 9



Taking educated risks: part 4

6 July 2016

In the final part of this series, Matt Bromley pulls together his discussions on what professional teacher autonomy means and its links to outstanding practice. Here, he discusses what risk-taking in teaching and learning, in this context, looks like and why it is important

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