Pedagogy

Five keys to learning: Grabbing students’ attention

2 March 2016

Continuing his five-part series, Matt Bromley is dissecting his five key aspects of engaging and effective lessons. Key number three is grabbing your students’ attention. He offers some practical advice


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



Five keys to learning: Making connections

3 February 2016

Continuing his five-part series, Matt Bromley is dissecting his five key aspects of engaging and effective lessons. Key number one is connecting the learning...



Pedagogy: Rejecting teaching to the test

13 January 2016

As tempting as it can be to teach to the test, Karen Sullivan urges educators to reject this approach. She offers some alternative ideas based on research evidence


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


Neuroscience: A word of warning

11 November 2015

Is neuroscience in education the new ‘cargo cult’? In the second part of his two-part discussion, Matt Bromley says that if we insist on using neuroscience to explain common sense approaches to teaching, we face losing our own sense of professional judgement



The place of neuroscience in the classroom

4 November 2015

Neuroscience theories are playing an increasing role in forming and explaining pedagogical approaches in the classroom – but should this be the case? Matt Bromley warns teachers against becoming obsessed with neuroscientific justifications


Transferring learning into new contexts: Part 2

7 October 2015

In the second part of this two-part article, Matt Bromley continues his advice on how we can teach our students to transfer their knowledge and learning from one context to another


Transferring learning into new contexts: Part 1

30 September 2015

The ability to transfer and apply learning and skills between different contexts is a key part of an effective education, says Matt Bromley. In the first of two articles, he offers advice on how to teach this ability


Pedagogy: The SOLO taxonomy and constructive alignment

23 September 2015

The SOLO taxonomy helps to map levels of student understanding, while constructive alignment is a principle used for devising teaching and learning activities. Matt Bromley explains their application in the classroom


Taking a risk with... Plenaries

4 July 2015

In the final part of her series on risk-taking in the classroom, Nadine Pittam discusses pushing the boundaries when it comes to your plenaries and learning consolidation


NQT Special: The habits of a great teacher

25 June 2015

What are the traits of excellent teaching that NQTs should be focusing on developing as they embrace the freedoms of year two at the chalkface? Matt Bromley explains


Taking a risk with... your classroom

14 May 2015

Continuing her series on risk-taking in your teaching, Nadine Pittam considers how we can push the boundaries with the structure and set up in your classroom


Master teaching: Part 2

7 May 2015

What does it mean to be a great teacher? In the second part of this article, Matt Bromley continues his focus on the traits and skills of ‘master teachers’


Taking a risk with... student group work

26 March 2015

In the third of her articles on taking calculated risks in the classroom, Nadine Pittam discusses some risks we can take when it comes to group work


The traits of the master teacher

19 March 2015

In the first of two articles on what it means to be a ‘master teacher’, Matt Bromley looks at what research has shown us are some of the traits and virtues of effective teachers.



The foundations of student achievement

5 February 2015

When students achieve, it is down to logical patterns of cause and effect, says Matt Bromley. He identifies the traits that high-achievers often display and looks at how to encourage effective study skills in our students.


Taking a risk... with technology

29 January 2015

In the coming months, Nadine Pittam will be looking at how we might take small risks in our teaching. This, the first article in the series, examines one of the least dependable and therefore most risky tools a teacher has: technology.


Developing skills: The magic of myelin

8 January 2015

Each time we practise a skill, a new layer of myelin is added to our neurones, helping us to retain and improve new knowledge and skills. It means that deep practice is crucial to our development. Matt Bromley explains.


Growth Mindset: Changing your culture

4 December 2014

The work to adopt growth mindset strategies and approaches at Hanham Woods Academy continues. Surface cultures have changed, and the focus is now on deep culture change. Rebecca Tushingham explains.


More foundations of effective teaching

4 December 2014

Continuing his series on the basics of effective teaching, Matt Bromley discusses how to create good routines and habits to ensure that everyday classroom tasks run smoothly and efficiently.

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