Resources and projects

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.



Student Council Summit – developing pupil voice

24 January 2013

All Saints Catholic School recently hosted its first Student Council Summit involving nine local schools. Danni Almond explains why the school decided to create and host the event and discusses the importance of pupil voice.


Mentoring: Unlocking their potential

24 January 2013

The Unlocking Potential mentoring programme – a partnership between AQA and the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust – is being continued in 2013 after remarkable success last year. Andrew Hall explains how you can nominate your students.




Climate Week 2013

22 November 2012

Founder of Climate Week Kevin Steele explains how the initiative provides a platform for teachers to engage pupils to take action on climate change. He also introduces the popular Climate Week Challenge.


The role of self-esteem

18 October 2012

Everyone should have high self-esteem ― or should they? Dr Stephanie Thornton asks if we have got the balance between praise and realism right.


The history of protest songs

4 October 2012

The latest Amnesty resource and activity for schools focuses on the history of protest songs and challenges students to create their own. Naomi Westland explains.


Human rights: Campaigning for change

3 October 2012

With more than 500 Amnesty Youth Groups now active in schools across the UK, Alice Woodhouse looks at why students are engaged by human rights campaigning.


Reaching their full potential

5 July 2012

The Prince's Trust's xl programme helps students who may, for whatever reason, be struggling in schools to achieve their potential. Lauren Hyams explains.


Giving your students free rein

5 July 2012

The need for assessment can often restrict the scope of students' work. Kester Brewin reports on a statistics project that is wide-ranging, student-led, ethical, challenging ― all because it is not going to be marked.


The power of pets

14 June 2012

The educational and therapeutic effects that an animal can bring are well recognised, but what about their potential in the secondary school environment, especially with hard-to-reach students? Teacher Isobel Durrant takes a look.

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