Teaching and Learning

SecEd Guide To: Learning Management Systems

16 January 2014

SecEd's latest Guide To looks at how a Learning Management System (LMS) can improve the quality of teaching and learning and includes advice on Flipped Learning, CPD and a checklist of things to look out for when purchasing an LMS.

Get Set to Make a Change

16 January 2014

A new London 2012 legacy project is inviting young people to pledge their time to change their communities for the better. Teacher John Doherty explains.

Helping your students to handle success and failure

16 January 2014

Being unable to handle failure, or indeed success, can be damaging for our students. Dr Stephanie Thornton considers how we can foster a healthy attitude to success and failure in the young.

Is grit the new IQ?

9 January 2014

Do you still believe that IQ is fixed and cannot be altered? Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at the increasing evidence that it is grit and determination, rather than IQ, that can predict success and advises on how we might encourage these tendencies in our s

Active approaches to Shakespeare in the classroom

5 December 2013

Practical, active approaches to studying Shakespeare can have a notable impact on achievement. Fiona Banks from Shakespeare’s Globe has just written a book on practical Shakespeare and offers some ideas.

Ideas for teaching students leadership skills

5 December 2013

The Girls’ Day School Trust recently held its national Young Leaders Conference. Dr Kevin Stannard discusses some of their schools’ approaches to teaching leadership skills.

The New Professionalism – SSAT National Conference

28 November 2013

SSAT National Conference 2013 is bringing the profession together to develop a blueprint for the future of education. SecEd's preview supplement investigates the four key themes – Professional Capital, Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Redesign, and Account

Three simple steps to whole-school literacy

28 November 2013

The impact of Shaun McGuigan’s very simple literacy policy on his school and its students and teachers has been highlighted by Ofsted as an example of good practice. It is based on three fundamental premises, as he explains.

Tips for project-based learning

21 November 2013

Project-based learning has the potential to teach key skills and knowledge in a more engaging and real-world way. Earnie Kramer looks at the pros and cons and offers some advice.

The secrets to positive behaviour management

21 November 2013

Behaviour management remains one of the key skills that all teachers need to master. School leader Ben Solly offers his advice on adopting a positive approach to your pupils’ behaviour.

Encouraging reflective learning and critical-thinking

21 November 2013

When music teacher Phil Kennedy wanted to encourage his pupils to engage more deeply in reflective learning and critical-thinking, he devised an in-class research project. Sarah Fleming explains more.

Religious education – the fight-back begins

14 November 2013

One of the main casualties of education policy, including the EBacc, has been RE. But now the subject’s supporters have hit back, carrying out an 18-month review and producing a new curriculum framework to raise the status of RE. Teacher Kate Christopher

Are you ready for computing?

7 November 2013

How can schools inspire both their students and staff to embrace the new computing curriculum next year? Wendy Devolder offers her advice.

Bring nature into the classroom

5 November 2013

For many urban schools, getting students out to experience nature can be tricky. However, nature can also be brought into the classroom. Simon Birbeck offers some ideas.

The 7 levels of student impact

17 October 2013

A recent article on student impact – as opposed to student voice or leadership – generated much debate. Its author Tom Middlehurst responds by defining the seven levels of student involvement in school life.

‘In 22 years, I have never seen anything quite like it’

17 October 2013

When musician, writer and performer Lois Walden visited an inner city London school to engage with 24 shy and introverted students, Karen Sullivan was uncertain about the impact she would have. But the experience left her – and the students –mesmerised.

The National Youth Film Festival

3 October 2013

The first National Youth Film Festival kicks off later this month when film screenings, industry workshops and a range of other activities will take place – all with key educational themes. Sam Wilson explains.

Keeping your students active

3 October 2013

New website Sport No Sweat is dedicated to tackling the ‘inactivity’ epidemic among 15 to 18-year-olds and is a useful resource for the classroom. Al Campbell gives us 11 reasons why teens must keep active.

The Amnesty Teacher Programme

26 September 2013

Amnesty International has launched a brand new CPD programme designed to help teachers inspire their students and enliven their lessons by engaging with citizenship education and human rights. Ciara McGuane explains.

Ideas for film education

26 September 2013

Jonny Persey argues for the benefits of film-making and film education at secondary school and offers some ideas.

Giving effective student feedback

19 September 2013

Effective student feedback is increasingly being recognised as a key influence on learning and student achievement. Matt Bromley offers some ideas to improve your feedback strategies.

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