Pedagogy

Building positive student relationships

20 March 2019

Building positive student relationships can have an above average impact on outcomes. But it is not always straight-forward. Having moved to a new school, Caroline Sherwood discusses how she has begun to build those crucial relationships


Independent learning projects: Out on their own...

20 March 2019

Familiar or new? A student’s topic selection for independent learning assignments can be crucial, but should they stick to what they know or explore uncharted waters? Dr Andrew K Shenton discusses


The traits of super teachers

13 March 2019

There is no such thing as a super teacher. But if one did exist, what abilities would they exhibit? John Dabell looks at some of the traits of great teachers and urges all teachers to reject imposter syndrome and recognise their many talents...


The death of teaching: A race to the Bottom?

27 February 2019

What classroom and teaching practices might we change in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching? In the final part of his series, Joel Wirth looks at key stage 3, which he fears is too often anodyne and pointless...



The death of teaching: Know who you’re not

6 February 2019

What common classroom practices might we change in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Continuing his series, Joel Wirth looks this week at rules, and why ‘firm but fair’ consistency is vital


The death of teaching: Gone in 420 seconds

30 January 2019

In SecEd this half-term, Joel Wirth is looking at common classroom practices that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. This week he discusses how we must handle the first seven minutes of any lesson...




In the classroom: Getting scaffolding right

30 January 2019

Scaffolding is an essential part of teaching, but has its real meaning become lost? Annabel Daniels says we must focus on scaffolding strategies rather than tools. With a focus on English study, she offers some practical reflections




The death of teaching: It’s good to talk

23 January 2019

Continuing his series, Joel Wirth looks at common classroom practices that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Next up is how we manage classroom talk and discussion


The death of teaching: The pen as anchor

16 January 2019

In this six-part series, Joel Wirth takes a look at common elements of classroom practice that we might consider changing in order to achieve better lessons and better teaching. Next up is our reliance on the pen...


Metacognition: Classroom strategies

21 November 2018

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit ranks metacognition and self-regulation practices as among the most effective. Matt Bromley continues his focus on these strategies by offering six teaching approaches for the classroom


Circadian rhythms in the classroom

21 November 2018

Starting the school day at 10am to better suit teenagers’ circadian rhythms is not a practical option. As such, Dr Nicola Davies looks at what we can do within the classroom instead


In the classroom: Metacognition explained

14 November 2018

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit ranks metacognition and self-regulation practices as among the most effective for students, especially those who are disadvantaged. In this two-part article, Matt Bromley asks ‘what is metacognition?’


Classroom practice: In pursuit of mastery

26 September 2018

Mastery learning has become a popular approach, especially in mathematics. Steve Burnage looks at the key concepts behind mastery and how they might be applied to teaching and learning across the curriculum


Be responsive in your teaching

26 September 2018

We should address the misconceptions that often crop up during classroom teaching as soon as they arise. But how is it possible to teach responsively? Adam Riches advises



Teaching pupils with SEN

26 September 2018

Every child is different and there is no such thing as a typical SEN pupil. However, by sticking to some basic principles of good teaching, we can offer effective support to ensure our SEN learners make progress. Matt Bromley explains


EAL: Working with new arrivals

12 September 2018

This September, many secondary schools will have new arrivals from abroad who have English as an additional language. Continuing our series on EAL, Dr Ruth Wilson gives some practical advice for you and your schools in meeting the needs of this diverse group of learners



Aiming for the top: Teaching high-performing students

4 July 2018

Supporting and challenging more able students and students with high prior attainment is essential. With a focus on science – but with some ideas that all subjects can adapt – Helen Webb offers a range of strategies


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