Teaching and Learning

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.


Teenage risk-taking and the role of teachers

19 June 2014

Continuing her series on the changing teenage brain and how it affects their education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses teenage risk-taking and poses some questions for teachers.


Ideas for the flipped classroom

12 June 2014

Rather than being radical and new, flipped learning is simply about good preparation. Gerald Haigh speaks to teachers about how they are using this approach in their classrooms.



Languages keep you sharp in old age

12 June 2014

As concern grows about the decline in the numbers of youngsters studying modern languages at school and university, a new survey has found that people who speak more than one language are more likely to stay sharp in old age.


Using television to develop critical thinking

12 June 2014

Developing students’ critical thinking and questioning skills is crucial in today’s internet-driven age. Dr Andrew K Shenton discusses using broadcast drama to achieve this.


Teenage biology: Those raging hormones

5 June 2014

In the first of a four-part series focusing on the biology of the teenage body and how it affects their education, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses adolescent turbulence and asks: is it all in the hormones?


Getting everyone involved in physical activity

5 June 2014

All Saints Secondary School has seen a notable increase in uptake for physical activities. Head of PE Daisy Hamilton shares her tips for keeping students engaged and enthusiastic about physical education.


Flipped learning and ebooks at Shireland

22 May 2014

Shireland Collegiate Academy is well-known for having embraced flipped learning across the school. Alan Hodgin considers how the use of ebooks has supported this approach.



Computing curriculum: Supporting Generation Y

8 May 2014

With a new computing curriculum arriving in September, Debbie Forster from Apps for Good argues that a hands-on and real-life problem-solving approach to coding is the secret to engaging students. She offers some advice and a few ideas.


Teaching strategies to create 'growth' mindsets

8 May 2014

Research has busted the myth that intelligence is fixed and cannot be changed and has put forward a new approach – the growth mindset. Matt Bromley considers how teachers can develop a ‘growth mindset’ culture in their classroom.


First aid in schools

8 May 2014

Jess Hubbard from St John Ambulance offers advice to schools that would like to offer first aid teaching for their pupils.


The reasons behind the decline in languages at A level

8 May 2014

The latest Languages Trends study has revealed yet further decline in language learning, with specific concerns about post-16 study. Kathryn Board and Teresa Tinsley consider some of the reasons behind the continuing problems.


The Global Campaign for Education: Send all our friends to school

24 April 2014

This year’s Young Ambassadors for the Global Campaign for Education are Maisie le Masurier and Rebecca Unwin who have just returned from a trip to Uganda where they investigated the barriers that many children with disabilities, including visual difficult


Lessons from the Toolkit

24 April 2014

The Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit shows that effective strategies for homework, mentoring and feedback can all have a positive impact on student progress. Amy Benziane explains the work her that school’s English department has done in this area.


Young Ambassadors for RE

24 April 2014

The Religious Education Council’s Young Ambassadors scheme has been piloted in 10 schools and sees students promoting the vital role that the subject has to play in the 21st century. Lynsey Wilkinson explains her school’s experience.



The world of 3D printing

13 March 2014

The government has extended its 3D printing school pilots with the aim of building a portfolio of best practice. Gerald Haigh reports on what many agree is the next big technological revolution.


Effective evidence-based teaching

13 March 2014

Anita Kerwin-Nye discusses five things that education networks and groups of schools can do to enable effective evidence-based teaching.

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