Skills

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


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


Encouraging talking in the classroom

17 September 2019

Many students can be reluctant to speak in lessons but talking confidently is a key skill that we must be encouraging. Adam Riches looks at how we can help young people to find their voices


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...


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



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



Building essential skills in school

17 October 2018

How can we help our students to build key essential skills to support them in their schooling and beyond? Tom Ravenscroft advises





Communication and collaboration skills

23 May 2018

Communication and team-work skills are highly sought-after in today’s world. Steve Burnage looks at how schools can develop skills in communication and collaboration, including across the curriculum


Using contact hypothesis in RE

9 May 2018

Many RE activities aim to have a positive impact on social relations, but teachers may not be going far enough...


Key transition skills

9 May 2018

The Lift Off project is helping to support pupils’ transition to secondary school. Martina Veale explains more and offers some free resources for SecEd readers


Reflecting on the Extended Project

2 May 2018

Customer journey mapping is a process used to gauge the needs and preferences of service users or clients. Dr Andrew K Shenton explains how he has adapted this approach to help Extended Project students to reflect on their learning experiences and skills



Ideas to teach critical thinking

28 February 2018

Thinking skills are highly prized in today’s world. Steve Burnage offers teachers some strategies to develop skills in critical thinking and problem-solving in lessons and across the curriculum


Study skills: Using online quizzes

28 February 2018

When considering effective learning strategies, Helen Webb suggests creating online, automatically marked quizzes to improve your tracking and students’ learning


Setting up a successful STEM club

24 January 2018

STEM Club Week takes place in early February. Jo Mitchell looks at the ins and outs of setting up a club and the secrets to making a club popular and successful


The process of learning: Total recall (part 10)

22 November 2017

In the final instalment of our series on how students learn, Matt Bromley recaps his key messages on how we can improve pupils’ recall abilities and offers some useful classroom routines to bring many of these ideas together


Critical thinking in practice

8 November 2017

A recent CPD project looked at practical strategies and understanding for critical thinking. Dr John Hopkin has compiled case studies of the work participants undertook in their schools and the outcomes...


Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples

8 November 2017

Embedding creative thinking into the curriculum alongside knowledge can be done, and is not an ‘either-or’ option. Professor Bill Lucas, co-author of a new book on creative thinking, offers some practical ideas and advice


The process of learning: Cheats prosper (part 6)

11 October 2017

Our series on how students learn continues. Matt Bromley is looking at the second of his three secrets to boosting long-term memory – how we can help pupils to access their long-term memories quickly by ‘cheating’ their working memories

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