Teaching and Learning

What makes an inspiring teacher?

13 November 2014

A research project has observed a group of teachers identified by their school leaders as ‘inspirational’ in a bid to discover what it is that makes an inspiring teacher. Tony McAleavy looks at some of the common traits that emerged.


First World War Centenary: Lest we forget

6 November 2014

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is helping students to develop a deeper understanding of the Great War. As Remembrance Day approaches, Emma Lee-Potter accompanied students on a recent trip.


The foundations of effective teaching

16 October 2014

Resident teaching expert Matt Bromley continues his series of articles offering classroom management and pedagogy advice with a focus on some of the basics that ensure successful lessons.


Behaviour in the classroom

16 October 2014

Poor behaviour can hijack your teaching, especially in practical lessons such as science. Getting it right doesn’t have to be difficult. Becca Knowles offers her advice.


Ideas to engage pupils with coding

9 October 2014

With coding a part of the new computing curriculum, we asked some young coders from the Young Rewired State initiative for their advice on how to engage students with code. First, Ruth Nicholls focuses on the challenges ahead.


Wikipedia in the classroom

9 October 2014

Like it or not, Wikipedia is here to stay. Dr Nicola Davies explores current Wikipedia trends and advises how teachers can make Wikipedia work for them without the risk of students becoming reliant on it.


Leading overseas expeditions

2 October 2014

Running an overseas expedition as a teacher can be immensely challenging, but also incredibly rewarding. Brett Court discusses the professional benefits of running such trips and offers some advice to others.


Advice on tackling the STEM divide

25 September 2014

The gender divide has long cast a shadow over the STEM industries. Vincent English discusses why increasing the number of women in physics is so crucial and offers his advice on what schools can do to engage more girls with the subject.


Mentors give students sporting inspiration

25 September 2014

The Sky Sports Living for Sport programme offers free access to athlete mentors to help pupils use sport to improve their lives. We hear some inspiring stories from its recent annual awards.


Eight steps to teaching excellence

25 September 2014

Matt Bromley introduces the eight cornerstones on which teachers can develop a culture of quality and create a highly successful classroom.



The Learner: SSAT National Conference 2014

25 September 2014

What does it mean to be a learner in 2014? This is the question that will be tackled at the SSAT National Conference 2014 on December 4 and 5. Download SecEd's free preview supplement here.


A busy year ahead for computing

18 September 2014

For most ICT teachers, the year ahead will perhaps contain even greater challenges than the year just gone. Bob Harrison explains.


Inspiring students to take STEM further

18 September 2014

Many students think that careers in STEM are only for A* candidates. Physiology lecturer Tom Warrender discusses the range of options available and offers some ideas for inspiring all students to take their STEM studies further.


The science of learning

18 September 2014

How can cognitive science make us better teachers? Matt Bromley dissects the four stages of the cognitive process and discusses the implications for your classroom.



Unleash the power of film education

11 September 2014

The Into Film Festival takes place in November, when schools and students will be able to access a wealth of educational opportunities. Sam Wilson previews the event.


Interventions to raise attainment

11 September 2014

Northumberland Park Community School put in place several interventions to raise its English results. Natasha Raheem explains.



School sports partnerships: An alternative approach

4 September 2014

The All Active Academy is a sporting partnership of primary, special and secondary schools in north Worcestershire. Caroline Sidell explains why working together on school sport has proved so successful.


Teaching cyber security

4 September 2014

A range of new initiatives and resources is helping schools to introduce students to the world of cyber security as a possible career option. Judith Berry-May explains.


Literacy through science

3 July 2014

Science teacher Euan Douglas discusses his work to develop students’ literacy through and for science.


Genes, ‘intelligence’ and our education

26 June 2014

In the fourth and final article of her series on the teenage brain and how it affects education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses the implications of what we know about ‘intelligence’.


Eight key skills to embed in the curriculum

19 June 2014

The recent Learning Curve report identified eight skills that are crucial to young people’s future success. Phil Parker argues that all eight must be embedded across the curriculum.


Governors driving STEM

19 June 2014

With the national focus on encouraging take-up of STEM subjects, Ellie Howarth reports on a framework of questions that has been compiled to help governors drive forward this important agenda.

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