Teaching and Learning

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


Effective approaches to flipping their learning

16 March 2016

Jennie Harland reports on new research into flipped learning and identifies what this approach can offer students in terms of more active and personalised learning and improved progress


Pound shop pedagogy!

16 March 2016

A challenge to use pound shop purchases in lessons to boost engagement and learning generated much excitement among teachers. Mark Fitzgibbon explains



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

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