Teaching and Learning

Narrowing the gender gap: Literacy

11 June 2015

Continuing our focus on the gender gaps in educational outcomes, Matt Bromley asks why boys often underperform in reading and writing when compared to girls – and considers what schools can do to close this gender gap


Supporting pupil progress in years 7 and 8

4 June 2015

Pupils who progress well in years 7 and 8 are less likely to need intervention later on in their school careers. Chris Reynolds reports on his work to support the attainment of younger pupils



Teaching key life-skills

21 May 2015

Recent headlines about schools having to meet pupils’ basic needs inspired Karen Sullivan to think of ways we could help to tackle the wider issues



Character Curriculum: Can you answer the Ruby question?

14 May 2015

We know that education goes beyond exam grades, but still we struggle to answer ‘the Ruby question’. Professor Guy Claxton introduces the seven Cs that we should be prioritising and teaching to our students


Taking a risk with... your classroom

14 May 2015

Continuing her series on risk-taking in your teaching, Nadine Pittam considers how we can push the boundaries with the structure and set up in your classroom


Strategies for teaching resilience

14 May 2015

The new government trend is for character education, but many schools already deliver it. Newland College, for example, has long prioritised the teaching of key resilience-related skills. Darlene Fisher explains


Master teaching: Part 2

7 May 2015

What does it mean to be a great teacher? In the second part of this article, Matt Bromley continues his focus on the traits and skills of ‘master teachers’



The fight for universal education – a diary from Ghana

23 April 2015

George Watts and Emily Pemberton, both 15, from Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr in Cardiff, are the 2015 Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign. They have just returned from Ghana, a country which has made good progress towards the goal of universal primary education – 87 per cent of ...





Taking a risk with... student group work

26 March 2015

In the third of her articles on taking calculated risks in the classroom, Nadine Pittam discusses some risks we can take when it comes to group work


Using music in the classroom

26 March 2015

Listening to music can improve concentration and productivity, so is it a good idea to play music in the classroom? If so, what kind is the most effective? Dr Nicola Davies investigates.


Life after levels: What next for assessment?

19 March 2015

Schools need to take the bull by the horns when planning for life after national curriculum levels. Mick Walker takes a look at the current situation and advises on next steps.


Case study: Developing students' character

19 March 2015

Assistant headteacher Emma Orr has a specific brief to promote character education at her school. She describes some of their approaches to developing key character skills


The traits of the master teacher

19 March 2015

In the first of two articles on what it means to be a ‘master teacher’, Matt Bromley looks at what research has shown us are some of the traits and virtues of effective teachers.


Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

12 March 2015

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.



Ideas for engaging practical science education

5 March 2015

It is the practical approach to science that engages so many students in this important subject. Dr Charlotte Lawson offers some lessons from higher education for how schools can use practical science to both inspire students and prepare them for universi


The foundations of student achievement

5 February 2015

When students achieve, it is down to logical patterns of cause and effect, says Matt Bromley. He identifies the traits that high-achievers often display and looks at how to encourage effective study skills in our students.


Taking a risk... with technology

29 January 2015

In the coming months, Nadine Pittam will be looking at how we might take small risks in our teaching. This, the first article in the series, examines one of the least dependable and therefore most risky tools a teacher has: technology.


Shakespeare and drama across the school

29 January 2015

A whole-school, cross-curricular approach to drama can help develop an amazing set of skills in your students. Head of drama Morgan Melhuish discusses some of his strategies.

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