Skills

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



Study skills: Effective use of revision guides

11 October 2017

Revision guides are popular resources with many teachers and parents, but do students use them properly? Helen Webb looks at how to teach students to use revision guides more effectively


Revision and study skills: Retrieval practice

3 October 2017

Research shows the positive impact that using retrieval practice can have on outcomes. Helen Webb discusses her work to apply this strategy in the classroom and encourage her students to use it as part of their revision


Teaching with memory in mind

3 October 2017

Do your students often forget prior learning? Jemma Sherwood explains how to design your lessons with memory in mind...



Into Film Festival 2017

6 September 2017

The annual Into Film Festival takes place in November with 3,000 free screenings and events. It is the world’s largest film education festival. Sam Wilson looks at what’s on


The many and varied benefits of reading...

14 June 2017

Reading, even for short periods, has an impact on brain development and academic achievement, but also develops other skills such as empathy. Karen Sullivan explains

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