Curriculum

The cornerstones of character: Leadership

15 November 2017

The importance of good leadership in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like


Critical thinking in practice

8 November 2017

A recent CPD project looked at practical strategies and understanding for critical thinking. Dr John Hopkin has compiled case studies of the work participants undertook in their schools and the outcomes...


Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples

8 November 2017

Embedding creative thinking into the curriculum alongside knowledge can be done, and is not an ‘either-or’ option. Professor Bill Lucas, co-author of a new book on creative thinking, offers some practical ideas and advice



The process of learning: Cheats prosper (part 6)

11 October 2017

Our series on how students learn continues. Matt Bromley is looking at the second of his three secrets to boosting long-term memory – how we can help pupils to access their long-term memories quickly by ‘cheating’ their working memories



An effective PSHE framework

11 October 2017

RSE is to become statutory from 2019, and it looks likely that PSHE will follow. But what does a good PSHE programme look like? Maria O’Neill advises


Teaching with memory in mind

3 October 2017

Do your students often forget prior learning? Jemma Sherwood explains how to design your lessons with memory in mind...


The process of learning: Hard times (part 5)

3 October 2017

In the fifth instalment of his series on how students learn, Matt Bromley moves onto the second of his three secrets to boosting pupils’ long-term memory and recall abilities – ensuring they think hard but efficiently in order to ‘cheat’ their working memories


Encouraging problem-solving in mathematics

3 October 2017

The GCSE mathematics curriculum prioritises problem-solving skills. Heather Davis offers advice on how we can teach such skills, with practical ideas for the classroom


The process of learning: Sense and sensibility (part 4)

27 September 2017

Our series on how students learn continues with advice on creating a positive learning environment in your classroom in order to appeal to pupils’ iconic, echoic and haptic memories – and thus make learning stick. Matt Bromley explains


Uncovering the First World War

27 September 2017

The First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours have been helping schools to connect the First World War to their local communities – as well as to the political and social issues of today – to make the war relevant and personal to the lives of our students. Simon Bendry explains


The process of learning: Improving how students learn (part 2)

13 September 2017

In the second part of his series on how students learn and the practical implications for teachers and teaching, Matt Bromley continues to explain the process of learning, discusses the secrets to accessing pupils’ long-term memories and offers three steps to improving the learning process



The process of learning: What is learning? (Part 1)

6 September 2017

Teaching is the input and learning is the output. But what goes on in-between? In this new 10-part series, Matt Bromley will be dissecting the process of teaching and asking what learning looks like – offering practical advice for school staff. In this first introductory piece, he defines what he ...


Into Film Festival 2017

6 September 2017

The annual Into Film Festival takes place in November with 3,000 free screenings and events. It is the world’s largest film education festival. Sam Wilson looks at what’s on



Designing your subject’s curriculum

21 June 2017

Are you a middle leader charged with creating your department’s curriculum and schemes of work? Jemma Sherwood offers five things to consider when undertaking this vital task




How subject teaching time has changed since 2011

14 June 2017

NFER research on teacher retention has highlighted how both the accountability system and teacher supply are influencing changes in the teaching time secondary schools dedicate to different subjects. Jack Worth explains


The many and varied benefits of reading...

14 June 2017

Reading, even for short periods, has an impact on brain development and academic achievement, but also develops other skills such as empathy. Karen Sullivan explains


The influence of ED Hirsch: A response

14 June 2017

A recent piece in SecEd critiqued the influence of ED Hirsch on our politicians and our curriculum. Having read the arguments, teacher Michael Fordham offers his response, arguing that our curriculum is far from a Hirschian one



Curriculum: The influence of ED Hirsch...

17 May 2017

As part of his Master’s studies, teacher Greg Sloan has dissected the impact that ED Hirsch’s influence on education ministers has had on our curriculum culture. He argues why this will do nothing for the culture of success in our schools...

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