Extra curricular

Key stage 3: Avoiding the year 8 ‘dip’

28 September 2016

Continuing his focus on key stage 3 education, Matt Bromley looks at how we can tackle the common problem of the year 8 ‘dip’, when students can suffer from a lack of motivation and engagement

Into Film Festival 2016

21 September 2016

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 9 to 25 with more than 3,000 free screenings for schools as well as a host of workshops and other activities. Key themes this year include diversity, wellbeing and anti-bullying. Festival artistic director Sam Wilson explains more

Shakespeare Schools Festival

21 September 2016

This year, the Shakespeare Schools Festival is set to reach more than 35,000 children, culminating in live performances in real theatre venues across the country. Susan Elkin explains

Using project-based learning in your classroom

4 May 2016

The impact that project-based learning can have on student outcomes and motivation is well-known. In the first of a two-part series, Matt Bromley looks at the golden rules for incorporating this approach into your classroom and the curriculum

Delivering an effective enrichment programme

4 May 2016

Enrichment programmes are a popular platform for schools to engage their pupils in the wider community and teach important life-skills. Ellie Jones shares her insights on best practice

Using Shakespeare to support your pupils

13 April 2016

Shakespeare is not just the domain of English lessons and can be used to tackle a wealth of issues across school life. Drawing on the work, resources and expertise of Shakespeare’s Globe, Georghia Ellinas explains more

Bringing Space into the classroom

2 March 2016

Bringing Space into the classroom can prove motivating and engaging for students of all ages. Tom Lyons offers some ideas and sign-posts activities and resources

The Big Bang Fair 2016

2 March 2016

Aimed at showing off the huge range of STEM career options available to students, the annual Big Bang Fair returns to Birmingham from March 16 to 19. We speak to employers and teachers about the event and the wider STEM challenge for schools

Offering the Duke of Edinburgh’s

3 February 2016

Many schools embrace the opportunities offered by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – not least at South Bromsgrove High School, which is the largest school-based DofE centre in the country. Emma Lee-Potter takes a look

Running a STEM Club in your school

27 January 2016

Next week sees the national STEM Club Week celebration. Dr Caroline Oprandi, STEM centre manager at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy and a STEMNET Ambassador, offers some advice on running your own club

Introducing Water Explorers

27 January 2016

The Water Explorers project sets ‘missions’ for student teams to investigate while raising awareness about water conservation. Teacher Katy Micklewright explains more

Advice for your one-to-one tuition programme

2 December 2015

One-to-one tuition has always been an intervention used in schools, increasingly so since the introduction of the Pupil Premium Susannah Hardyman offers some best practice advice

Ideas for independent learning

2 December 2015

Independent learning beats teaching to the test every time, argues Karen Sullivan. She offers some ideas and resources

Schools urged to join cultural challenge

4 November 2015

The Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge is aimed at bringing those working in schools and the arts together to deliver effective and inspiring arts education. Laura Gander-Howe explains

Into Film Festival 2015

23 September 2015

The annual Into Film Festival takes place from November 4 to 20, with a host of screenings, workshops and resources available for secondary students. Sam Wilson previews the event

Are your pupils #UpForSchool?

18 June 2015

The World at School global education movement has launched its #UpForSchool campaign, including a free teaching pack to help tackle a range of related issues in the classroom. Catherine Nyman explains

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.

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.

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

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