In the classroom

Ed-tech in your school: Following the evidence

1 June 2020

Cranbrook Education Campus has put evidence at the heart of its approach for how its procures and uses of education technology. Head of campus Stephen Farmer offers his advice to other schools




Ideas for teacher CPD during lockdown

28 April 2020

One consequence of the Covid-19 closures for many teachers has been a reduction or at least a side-lining of their CPD. Fiona Aubrey-Smith urges schools and teachers not to neglect their CPD and instead to take their professional learning online...


Delivering 35 hours of high-quality CPD a year

15 April 2020

Teacher CPD – is it too much to expect quality and quantity when setting out your school’s CPD programme for the year? Maria Cunningham looks at the results of a project challenging schools to deliver 35 hours of quality CPD per-teacher, per-year


Some research-based approaches to teaching

8 April 2020

There is plenty of research focusing on effective teaching and learning techniques in the classroom. John Dabell picks out some choice approaches that have been shown to be effective


How to have high expectations in your classroom

18 March 2020

We have known it for a long time – when teachers’ expectations of students are high, they achieve better outcomes. Andy McHugh looks at how we can raise our expectations right now


CPD: Five things schools should...

11 March 2020

Are you planning next year’s CPD programme for your school/s? Maria Cunningham suggests five things the evidence says you should leave out


Good practice for professional coaching

25 February 2020

Drawing upon the literature and her experience as a professional coach, Helen Webb discusses the importance of effective contracting for in-school coaching programmes, including return on investment, goal-setting, confidentiality and demonstrating impact


Retention: The vital role of teacher autonomy

5 February 2020

Evidence is emerging showing the strong link between teacher autonomy, job satisfaction and retention rates in schools. Michelle Barker considers four new research findings



The importance of sleep

26 November 2019

All teachers know that tired students make for poor learners. John Dabell looks at what the research tells us about why sleep is a fundamental part of the thinking and learning process


Cognitive Load Theory and worked examples

6 November 2019

Can putting yourselves in your students’ shoes help you to become a better teacher? Former maths teacher turned research manager Kiran Arora reflects on his experience of using Cognitive Load Theory and worked examples to tackle new areas of learning



Teaching computing: What the research says

15 October 2019

Many teachers have devised great ways of teaching computing, but is there any academic research that we can draw on for guidance? Terry Freedman takes a look...



Four ideas for applying Rosenshine’s Principles

11 September 2019

Barak Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction may seem statements of the obvious, but are we really embracing them in our classroom and whole-school practices? Andy McHugh considers the principles and how they can help to improve the quality of your teaching


Supporting advanced bilingual learners

11 July 2019

Drawing on the research evidence and best practice, Dr Ruth Wilson advises on supporting advanced bilingual learners to develop the necessary academic writing skills


What are your school's CPD priorities for 2019/20?

13 June 2019

The Teacher Development Trust has been surveying school leaders about their priorities for CPD and school improvement, with a number of common themes emerging. Ian Campbell looks at the findings and advises on how schools can achieve their goals



Getting group work right

15 May 2019

A culture of regular group work in your classroom can help to develop and embed crucial learning and social skills. Tom Knott explains his approach...


Evidence-based pedagogies

13 May 2019

With a focus on her school’s geography teaching, Kate Mouncey looks at the evidence-based strategies and pedagogy they have employed to meet the challenge of the new GCSE and A level courses and the move to terminal examinations


CPD for the EAL classroom

10 May 2019

As schools become linguistically and culturally diverse, it makes sense to ensure that teaching staff are adequately prepared. Silvana Richardson looks at CPD to enable teaching staff to work effectively in diverse multilingual and EAL classrooms


What is the jigsaw classroom technique?

8 May 2019

Created in response to racial turmoil in Texas, the jigsaw classroom is an evidence-based approach to building relationships and fostering cooperative learning. John Dabell explains


Getting started with metacognition theories

8 April 2019

Many trainee teachers will have been introduced to metacognition theories and strategies for learning. Kate Sida-Nicholls looks at how we can begin to filter these into our teaching

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