Pedagogy

Teaching & Learning: Back to basics

25 April 2018

Engage, practice, challenge – Katherine Cocker-Goring introduces a back to basics approach to teaching and learning from her UTC


Formative assessment and EAL

25 April 2018

Formative assessment is a high-impact strategy and at St Mary’s School it has been yielding positive results for pupils who use English as an additional language. Patricia Brooks explains


Quick CPD: Improving working memory

25 April 2018

Improving pupils’ working memories can help them, both with exams and in preparation for higher study and working life. Margaret Reeve offers some quick CPD


How can you motivate your students? Part 2

25 April 2018

How can we motivate the pupils in our classrooms and schools to want to learn? Mat Bromley concludes his two-part article on motivation by looking at what schools and teachers can do to inspire students...


Creative learning, creative teaching

25 April 2018

Creativity and imagination are highly sought-after skills in today’s world. Steve Burnage looks at strategies to imbed creative teaching and imaginative learning in your classrooms


How can you motivate your students?

18 April 2018

How can we motivate the pupils in our classrooms and schools to want to learn? We asked Matt Bromley to tackle this age-old teaching challenge. He offers some reflections, ideas and guidance for teachers


CPD workshop: Active learning

14 March 2018

Active learning focuses on how students learn, not just on what they learn. Continuing his regular series, Steve Burnage talks us through CPD ideas that can be adapted for your school. He will offer a template for a 45-minute workshop, with free handouts and slides available on our website. This ...


The Unplanned Lesson: Part 2

14 March 2018

Have you ever had to cover a lesson last minute with no preparation time? In the second part of his article on unplanned lessons, Gerry Mallaghan offers further advice and activity ideas



Ideas to teach critical thinking

28 February 2018

Thinking skills are highly prized in today’s world. Steve Burnage offers teachers some strategies to develop skills in critical thinking and problem-solving in lessons and across the curriculum


Study skills: Using online quizzes

28 February 2018

When considering effective learning strategies, Helen Webb suggests creating online, automatically marked quizzes to improve your tracking and students’ learning


Positive reinforcement techniques and ideas

7 February 2018

Positive reinforcement techniques, when done well and with the right balance, can be transformational for student behaviours and outcomes. John Dabell gives us 12 positive reinforcement ideas





Creating a climate for learning: Five steps

3 January 2018

Creating the perfect conditions in your classroom so that students are engaged and learning is not easy. Geoff Barton offers five secrets to an effective climate for learning



The process of learning: Total recall (part 10)

22 November 2017

In the final instalment of our series on how students learn, Matt Bromley recaps his key messages on how we can improve pupils’ recall abilities and offers some useful classroom routines to bring many of these ideas together



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




Supply teaching: The element of surprise

1 November 2017

In a new series supporting supply teachers, SecEd is offering advice across a range of issues. Here, John Dabell looks at what techniques supply teachers might adopt in the classroom to give them an edge


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

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