Resources and projects

The fight for universal education – a diary from Ghana

23 April 2015

George Watts and Emily Pemberton, both 15, from Ysgol Gyfun Plasmawr in Cardiff, are the 2015 Young Ambassadors for the Send My Friend to School campaign. They have just returned from Ghana, a country which has made good progress towards the goal of universal primary education – 87 per cent of ...



Case study: Developing students' character

19 March 2015

Assistant headteacher Emma Orr has a specific brief to promote character education at her school. She describes some of their approaches to developing key character skills


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.


Skills: Preparing them for life

22 January 2015

Instilling and developing transferable, life-skills in our students is a priority for many schools. With a focus on outdoor learning, Jon Clarke discusses how his school tackles this challenge.


Pupil researchers: Flipping the script

20 November 2014

The pupil researchers at All Saints School observe and feedback to beginner teachers with their views on teaching and learning. Danni Almond explains how the programme has benefited the school.


Unleash the power of film education

11 September 2014

The Into Film Festival takes place in November, when schools and students will be able to access a wealth of educational opportunities. Sam Wilson previews the event.


Using television to develop critical thinking

12 June 2014

Developing students’ critical thinking and questioning skills is crucial in today’s internet-driven age. Dr Andrew K Shenton discusses using broadcast drama to achieve this.


First aid in schools

8 May 2014

Jess Hubbard from St John Ambulance offers advice to schools that would like to offer first aid teaching for their pupils.


The Global Campaign for Education: Send all our friends to school

24 April 2014

This year’s Young Ambassadors for the Global Campaign for Education are Maisie le Masurier and Rebecca Unwin who have just returned from a trip to Uganda where they investigated the barriers that many children with disabilities, including visual difficult



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


Bring nature into the classroom

5 November 2013

For many urban schools, getting students out to experience nature can be tricky. However, nature can also be brought into the classroom. Simon Birbeck offers some ideas.


The 7 levels of student impact

17 October 2013

A recent article on student impact – as opposed to student voice or leadership – generated much debate. Its author Tom Middlehurst responds by defining the seven levels of student involvement in school life.


The National Youth Film Festival

3 October 2013

The first National Youth Film Festival kicks off later this month when film screenings, industry workshops and a range of other activities will take place – all with key educational themes. Sam Wilson explains.


The Amnesty Teacher Programme

26 September 2013

Amnesty International has launched a brand new CPD programme designed to help teachers inspire their students and enliven their lessons by engaging with citizenship education and human rights. Ciara McGuane explains.


Ideas for film education

26 September 2013

Jonny Persey argues for the benefits of film-making and film education at secondary school and offers some ideas.


Giving effective student feedback

19 September 2013

Effective student feedback is increasingly being recognised as a key influence on learning and student achievement. Matt Bromley offers some ideas to improve your feedback strategies.


What is Student Impact?

19 September 2013

If we are to transform our schooling system then we must truly engage with our students. While student voice or student leadership is common practice, Tom Middlehurst argues that we need to embrace a new concept – Student Impact.


How to boost your pupils' memory skills

5 September 2013

Developing an effective working memory can go a long way to helping students achieve their potential in exams and wider school life. Sal McKeown looks at how some schools are promoting good memory skills.



Teaching students how to talk

18 April 2013

Schools can make great strides in tackling underachievement by improving students’ spoken language skills across the curriculum. Jean Gross, the former government Communication Champion for children, reports on some of the great practice she has seen.


SEN training for every teacher?

7 February 2013

The Every Teacher campaign wants all teachers to receive training to support students with special needs and is targeting both politicians and headteachers. Lorraine Petersen explains.


Red Nose Day: Letting your students take control

31 January 2013

Letting your students take charge of planning charitable activities boosts their confidence, supports learning and develops life-skills. John Duncan explains how his students take charge for Comic Relief.


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