Teaching and Learning

Why are we learning this book?

24 May 2022

Diversifying your English literature curriculum is a crucial step for all schools – but it isn’t as hard or as onerous a task as you may think. Joy Mbakwe discusses diversity and inclusion in the classroom


Covid, mental health and the implications for schools

23 May 2022

The pandemic has certainly had an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, but how and to what extent? Dr Stephanie Thornton reviews the emerging research evidence and explores the implications for schools and those working with students


Statutory RSE – a role for all teaching staff

23 May 2022

Statutory RSE is not just a list of topics to tick off a list, it should be relevant to children’s everyday lives and reach across the curriculum. Indeed, in many ways, all teachers are teachers of RSE. Lucy Emmerson explains


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Metacognition

18 May 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, and successive relearning in the classroom, Kristian Still turns to metacognition, the importance of students accurately regulating their learning, and how we can help them to do this


Political impartiality: Ten ways to sit on a fence

17 May 2022

The government’s new political impartiality guidance has caused some consternation in schools, with fears of a potential ‘chilling’ effect on teaching. Andrew Jones considers 10 strategies for tackling ‘political’ issues impartially


Teachers collaborating on the curriculum

17 May 2022

It is teachers who deliver the curriculum, so curriculum design and implementation through collaboration is a clear way to improve teaching and learning quality, says Richard Jackson



A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Successive relearning

11 May 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, Kristian Still turns to the potential gains when combining retrieval practice and spaced learning – what we call ‘successive relearning’


Push the button to close safeguarding gaps

9 May 2022

The simple introduction of an online reporting button has played an important supporting role in safeguarding secondary students at the Castle Phoenix Trust. Alex Handy explains


'I forgot my kit’: A guide to poverty-proofing school sports

9 May 2022

Is your school’s PE and sports kit preventing disadvantaged children from fully accessing school sport opportunities? Craig Watson, from Children North East’s Poverty Proofing initiative, shares some tips for creating inclusive school sports



A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Feedback and elaboration

4 May 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, Kristian Still turns to the importance of feedback, elaboration, and the use of hints in making retrieval practice a success


Teaching through the black experience

3 May 2022

How can we close the gap of inherited success for our black students? It will take more than one-off or tokenistic activities for Black History Month. Josiah Isles offers some ideas and reflections


Gender equality in STEM classrooms

2 May 2022

What grassroots actions can we take to increase female participation in STEM subjects? Garath Rawson explains the work of Doncaster UTC with STEM role models, communicating career options, changing androcentric narratives, and working with parents


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Spaced learning

20 April 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, this time Kristian Still focuses on the ‘spaced’ element, looking at the underpinning research and drawing out important lessons for teachers


Seven ways my Master’s has improved my teaching

19 April 2022

Head of year Dave Stephenson recently completed his Master’s in learning and teaching. In this article, he describes the seven positive effects the experience has had for his teaching practice


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Repeated retrieval practice

6 April 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom, Kristian Still looks at the research underpinning test-enhanced learning (repeated retrieval practice) and draws out important lessons for teachers


How can we support pupils who have Long Covid?

5 April 2022

How does Long Covid affect children and young people in the classroom and what can teaching staff do to help them? In the second of two articles on the impact of Long Covid on the young, Dr Sue Peters offers some practical advice


A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Let’s make some memories (stick)

30 March 2022

The potential impact of retrieval practice, spaced learning, successive relearning, and metacognitive approaches in the classroom cannot be underestimated. In this series, Kristian Still looks at nine interlinked elements crucial to these approaches and draws out important lessons for teachers from ...



Black lives in science: The past and present

22 March 2022

What does it mean to decolonise and diversify the curriculum? Genevieve Bent discusses her school’s work to review and transform the science curriculum to ensure all students feel represented


Cognitive science in the classroom: 30 ideas

9 March 2022

Cognitive science has much to tell us about how children learn and how we should teach. But converting this into classroom practice can sometimes feel challenging. Matt Bromley offers 30 tangible tips for teachers


Dual coding: 16 ideas for the classroom

2 March 2022

What is dual coding and why should you consider it as part of your teaching? Steve Burnage offers 16 ideas for using dual coding as well as some ‘don’ts’ for classroom teachers


Improving RSE: Five urgent steps for schools

1 March 2022

New research has shown just how poor many young people’s experience of relationships and sex education still is. What are the key problems? And how can secondary schools get RSE back on track so that quality of provision improves? Lucy Emmerson offers some practical steps


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