Teaching and Learning

Embedding character in the curriculum

9 March 2016

As we near the publication of new, government-backed character education resources, Matt Bawden pulls together the broader themes to have emerged from the work that has gone into their creation


Five keys to learning: Grabbing students’ attention

2 March 2016

Continuing his five-part series, Matt Bromley is dissecting his five key aspects of engaging and effective lessons. Key number three is grabbing your students’ attention. He offers some practical advice


Bringing Space into the classroom

2 March 2016

Bringing Space into the classroom can prove motivating and engaging for students of all ages. Tom Lyons offers some ideas and sign-posts activities and resources


The Big Bang Fair 2016

2 March 2016

Aimed at showing off the huge range of STEM career options available to students, the annual Big Bang Fair returns to Birmingham from March 16 to 19. We speak to employers and teachers about the event and the wider STEM challenge for schools




Five keys to learning: Making connections

3 February 2016

Continuing his five-part series, Matt Bromley is dissecting his five key aspects of engaging and effective lessons. Key number one is connecting the learning...


Holocaust education: Misconceptions and myths

3 February 2016

Drawing on research by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, Dr Alice Pettigrew highlights some key concerns about young people’s perceptions of the Holocaust and considers the implications for teachers


Character Education: Engaging the three key groups

3 February 2016

Continuing his series on character education, expert Matt Bawden reports from the Character Matters event and discusses how to grow support with three crucial groups – students, parents and the wider community


Offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s

3 February 2016

Many schools embrace the opportunities offered by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – not least at South Bromsgrove High School, which is the largest school-based DofE centre in the country. Emma Lee-Potter takes a look




Running a STEM Club in your school

27 January 2016

Next week sees the national STEM Club Week celebration. Dr Caroline Oprandi, STEM centre manager at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and a STEMNET Ambassador, offers some advice on running your own club


Introducing Water Explorers

27 January 2016

The Water Explorers project sets ‘missions’ for student teams to investigate while raising awareness about water conservation. Teacher Katy Micklewright explains more





Pedagogy: Rejecting teaching to the test

13 January 2016

As tempting as it can be to teach to the test, Karen Sullivan urges educators to reject this approach. She offers some alternative ideas based on research evidence


Character education: Assuring quality

6 January 2016

Continuing his regular series exploring character education, Matt Bawden looks at the difficult area of how we can assure the quality and impact of character education


Advice for your one-to-one tuition programme

2 December 2015

One-to-one tuition has always been an intervention used in schools, increasingly so since the introduction of the Pupil Premium Susannah Hardyman offers some best practice advice


Ideas for independent learning

2 December 2015

Independent learning beats teaching to the test every time, argues Karen Sullivan. She offers some ideas and resources



Character education: A Caterpillar Process

18 November 2015

Continuing his new series of articles on character education, expert Matt Bawden discusses a method by which teachers might develop effective character-based resources for their subjects



Secrets to science CPD success

11 November 2015

Effective CPD is vital to the effectiveness of all teachers. With an eye on the STEM subjects, Yvonne Baker from the National Science Learning Network offers five steps to successful whole-school CPD strategies

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