Resources and projects

The power of chess

15 October 2019

The Ormiston Academies Trust is investing in chess clubs at its schools. Jemima Waltho looks at how the project has developed


In the classroom: Teaching by algorithm

9 October 2019

How can algorithms, flowcharts and checklists be put to good use in education without us losing our sense of humanity, professional autonomy or creativity? Matt Bromley offers some practical ideas and reflections


How to teach and encourage independent study skills

1 October 2019

Learning how to study independently is an important skill that will serve students both now and in their future education endeavours. Andy McHugh looks at how secondary teachers can instil independent study habits


Into Film Festival 2019

11 September 2019

Themes at the 2019 Into Film Festival include climate change, rebellion and mental wellbeing among many others. The popular event runs from November 6 to 22 and is curriculum-linked. Sam Wilson introduces the programme



Ideas to get them reading

3 July 2019

Getting secondary school pupils to pick up a book and develop a love of reading can sometimes be a challenge. School librarian Stephanie Horton explains the three core strategies employed at Smith’s Wood Academy and offers a few ideas and tips...


Using video effectively in your lessons

12 June 2019

Film clips can prove a powerful pupil engagement tool for teachers, but what are the golden rules for using video in lessons? Dr Neelam Parmar advises



Female-role models within the curriculum

5 June 2019

Are the experiences and contributions of women featured in your school’s curriculum? What about women of colour? Shalina Patel looks at how we can ensure that what we are teaching is properly representative of the society in which we live


An unapology for poetry in school

21 May 2019

Poetry in schools can open the door to so many other areas of learning and skills. It can be the springboard to other literature and texts, more articulate and confident students, and can engage students like no other medium. Kathy James offers some ideas...



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



How to talk to your students about puberty

6 March 2019

Public Health England has published a range of PSHE resources focused on puberty. Drawing on these and signposting other support, Adele Bates looks at how we can tackle this sensitive topic with students



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


Comic Relief 2019: It’s a laughing matter

16 January 2019

Red Nose Day 2019 takes place on Friday, March 15. Laura Wilson from Comic Relief offers some ideas for using laughter to boost student welllbeing while also raising vital funds


EAL: Classroom strategies and ideas

9 January 2019

Continuing our series on supporting learners who have English as an additional language, Dr Ruth Wilson offers us some effective strategies for the secondary classroom




The surprising impact of cycling

21 November 2018

Gear-up pupils and saddle-up the staffroom! Sean Harris looks at the wide-ranging impact of one school’s GEAReD Up project, which introduced cycling to year 7 students – including those on the Pupil Premium


Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

21 November 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on January 27. Alex Murphy offers some ideas and resources for how to mark the event in your school


Extended investigative projects in science

10 October 2018

Extended investigative projects are considered one of the essentials to delivering good practical science in schools. Lisa Niven explains her school’s approach to ensuring successful extended projects


Miriam’s Vision: A safer world

10 October 2018

Miriam Hyman was 32 when she was killed in the 2005 London bombings. Since then, Miriam’s Vision – a far-reaching, cross-curricular resource – has had an important impact in schools. Mavis Hyman and Alison Kitson explain


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

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