Teaching and Learning

Can we improve pupils’ memories?

6 July 2016

How much does physical movement have a role to play in improving students’ memory and retention? Gerald Haigh asks the question


NQT Special: Pupils on what makes for effective teaching

29 June 2016

If you’re a new teacher, you will receive a wealth of advice from various experts – but what do the students themselves think? School leader Sean Harris asked some of his students to offer their view on what makes their lessons effective, and then signposts NQTs to further reading and ideas


Taking educated risks: part 3

29 June 2016

In the third of his four-part series, Matt Bromley asks what professional autonomy really looks like and how it links to outstanding practice. He then begins to define what risk-taking in the classroom actually means...



Five steps to the confident mindset

22 June 2016

Developing students’ confidence and self-esteem goes hand-in-hand with developing their positive mindset for learning. Ross McWilliam discusses some approaches that might be taken with younger students



Taking educated risks in our schools and our classrooms

15 June 2016

In this four-part series, Matt Bromley will be discussing how to encourage and manage a culture of risk-taking in your school’s teaching and learning. In part one, he discusses the challenges facing schools in different Ofsted categories, including the conundrum of teacher autonomy vs consistency


Closer ties with further education

15 June 2016

A Skills and Education Group has been launched to bring schools and colleges closer together. Paul Eeles says that we must find common ground to provide the best possible post-16 pathways


Ideas for taking learning outdoors

15 June 2016

As the weather (hopefully) gets warmer and the year draws to a close, Karen Sullivan urges teachers to take their classes outside…


The effective science technician

25 May 2016

What makes an amazing school science technician? Simon Quinnell draws upon his CPD work with technicians from across the country to offer some ideas of how this vital role can support teachers and students


Ideas to raise students’ aspirations

25 May 2016

There are lots of programmes, initiatives and ideas out there to help schools in raising the aspirations of disadvantaged students. Karen Sullivan reports


Character Education: Defining and embedding resilience

18 May 2016

Resilience is becoming a buzzword in education and is a key part of the character education agenda. But what is it, how should we define it, how can it be embedded in the curriculum and how can we evaluate it? Ross McWilliam discusses some possible approaches







Auditing your school's character education provision

11 May 2016

How can you audit your school’s character education provision? SecEd’s resident character education expert Matt Bawden offers some practical insights on auditing and measuring our implicit and explicit practice


Improving your homework provision

11 May 2016

Homework is only worthwhile if it has an impact. Jennifer Jays, discusses her work to turnaround her school’s homework strategy


Geography: From assessment to fieldwork

11 May 2016

Hundreds of geography teachers gathered recently for the Geographical Association’s annual conference. Alan Kinder summarises the key issues and debates



Using project-based learning in your classroom

4 May 2016

The impact that project-based learning can have on student outcomes and motivation is well-known. In the first of a two-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the golden rules for incorporating this approach into your classroom and the curriculum


Raising aspirations: The PACE programme

4 May 2016

The PACE programme is the culmination of one school’s work to boost curriculum enrichment, teach character and skills, raise aspirations, and broaden horizons. Paula Arrowsmith explains how it works


Building your presence in the classroom

4 May 2016

Presence in the classroom – it is that special something that makes the best teachers. Kathy Oxtoby seeks advice on how young teachers can develop their own presence and gravitas in front of students


Delivering an effective enrichment programme

4 May 2016

Enrichment programmes are a popular platform for schools to engage their pupils in the wider community and teach important life-skills. Ellie Jones shares her insights on best practice

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