Teaching and Learning

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



Six tips for effective lesson observations

7 June 2017

To help reduce workload for both observer and observee during lesson observations in mathematics, Lucy Rycroft-Smith offers six evidence-informed best practice tips



Activities to tackle hate speech

7 June 2017

Sadly, cyber-bullying and online hate speech is now a part of modern online life, especially on social media. Mark Walker describes some activities that we can use with students to tackle potential problems and raise awareness



The role of the ‘M’ in STEM

24 May 2017

There are significant overlaps across the new STEM curricula, especially between science and maths. Michael Anderson discusses what this means for schools and the renewed importance of cross-curricular learning


Interventions to raise attainment in MFL

24 May 2017

A project focused on raising attainment in French and Spanish saw Karine Buffon introduce a number of interventions, especially targeting disadvantaged and underachieving pupils


Curriculum: The influence of ED Hirsch...

17 May 2017

As part of his Master’s studies, teacher Greg Sloan has dissected the impact that ED Hirsch’s influence on education ministers has had on our curriculum culture. He argues why this will do nothing for the culture of success in our schools...


Ideas for effective differentiation

10 May 2017

How do you teach a mixed-ability class effectively? Helen Webb offers some practical advice and ideas to help achieve effective differentiation in your classroom


The power of STEM study visits

10 May 2017

Professional study visits and placements for science teachers can enhance practice back in the classroom and provide vital insights. Adam Little and Mark Langley explain


Teaching perseverance

10 May 2017

After tackling wisdom and optimism, Dr Stephanie Thornton now considers how we might ‘teach’ and encourage our students to develop skills of perseverance


Ideas for teaching wisdom

3 May 2017

Dr Stephanie Thornton continues her series on the teaching of traits and skills to our pupils. This time, she considers ‘wisdom’ and whether we can teach the young to be wise


Is there creativity in your classroom?

3 May 2017

Creativity is not just for art, music or after-school clubs. Teacher Martin Matthews explains how we must all try to bring creativity into our classrooms – no matter what the subject (or the curriculum)


Can we teach optimism?

26 April 2017

Following last week’s article on coping with today’s 24/7 news cycle, Dr Stephanie Thornton continues her discussion on optimism – can we (and should we try to) ‘teach’ this in schools?





Does your school have a positive moral climate?

19 April 2017

Does your school and your teaching still maintain its moral dimension – or has this lost out to competing pressures? Matt Bawden reflects on teaching in a ‘positive moral climate’


Teaching practice: Revision

29 March 2017

Our teaching practice series now turns its attention to exam preparation and how we can help to make revision more effective for students. Matt Bromley explains



Learning to be adaptable

29 March 2017

Key among the skills our students need in today’s world are adaptability and resilience, both of which link to emotional intelligence. Karen Sullivan advises

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