Teaching and Learning

Using cognitive science to improve classroom practice

14 April 2021

What is cognitive science and cognitive load theory? Do you need to use it when you teach? Exactly how do you use it when you teach? Dr Kelly Woodford-Richens offers a practical overview of cognitive science in practice



Rejecting catch-up: Recalibrating and responding beyond the pandemic

6 April 2021

How many pupils want to be told – repeatedly – that they are behind? It’s not about ‘catch-up’, but ‘recalibration’ says Sean Harris. He reports on what this looks like at Bede Academy in Northumberland and what our priorities should be, both this term and next academic year



Earth Day 2021: Inspiring young global citizens

5 April 2021

This year’s Earth Day on April 22 offers secondary schools the chance to engage pupils in issues relating to climate change and environmental protection. Harriet Marshall and Matthew Smitheman offer some ideas


Remote teaching: Effective live lessons

5 April 2021

Schools may have re-opened more widely after the third lockdown, but remote teaching looks set to be with us for some time to come, including live online lessons. Dr Sharon Smith considers some differences between online and classroom teaching and offers a few tips




Covid recovery: The importance of EAL assessment

23 March 2021

Setting accurate language targets and using tailored strategies will be crucial if we are to help the post-lockdown recovery of students who use English as an additional language. Caroline Bruce and Silvana Richardson explain and advise



PE and sports: The power of PESSPA

8 March 2021

The PESSPA approach can have a big impact on students’ mental and physical health, attendance, attainment and behaviour – especially for those with SEND. Nasen Teacher of the Year Jon White discusses using school sport and physical activity to empower students



Remote mentoring for students: It’s not where, it’s how

23 February 2021

Mentoring support could play a key role in helping to safeguard or rebuild the wellbeing of students who are stuck at home due to lockdown or self-isolation. Stephanie George looks at effective remote mentoring of students


Maintaining high expectations for learners using EAL

22 February 2021

That a student uses English as an additional language should not be an excuse for lowering our expectations for learning and progress. Kamil Trzebiatowski considers some strategies and resources to ensure high expectations in your lessons



Providing effective feedback and closing the loop

17 February 2021

Effective feedback is perhaps the most crucial aspect of high-quality teaching and has a real impact on pupil progress. Leann Collingwood offers some strategies for how we can close the feedback loop



Red Nose Day with a difference

16 February 2021

Funds from Comic Relief have gone to support some of the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a year like no other, what are your school’s plans for Red Nose Day? Laura Wilson offers some flexible resources and suggestions for secondary schools



Remote education: Supporting learners with SEND (and their families)

9 February 2021

Reports from Ofsted and the National SENCO Workforce team have raised concerns about how SEND pupils are faring during remote education. Dr Helen Curran explores the findings and offers her tips and strategies for supporting those with SEND during Covid-19 and beyond


Remote education framework: Evaluating your provision

8 February 2021

The LEARNERs’ Trust has developed its own framework for its schools to use to evaluate the effectiveness of their remote education provision. CEO Matt Freeston explains how they are using it to identify and share good practice across the trust


Down on the (school) farm

3 February 2021

There are now more than 100 school farms in operation across the UK, including the farm at Brockhill Park Performing Arts College. Donna Ashlee explains how it works and integrates into school life


Case study: Planning a subject curriculum

1 February 2021

How do you design your curriculum? What questions must you ask? What processes must you go through? Head of English Chloe Testa describes how she worked with colleagues to completely overhaul her school’s English curriculum


Using CPD to support effective remote teaching

26 January 2021

CPD to support remote teaching & the use of ed-tech has become commonplace during the pandemic. Maria Cunningham advises on how schools should approach using CPD programmes to develop effective remote teaching practice


Zero carbon schools by 2030

26 January 2021

The Let’s Go Zero campaign is urging schools to pledge to go zero carbon within a decade. Here, campaign manager Alex Green explains what is involved. We also hear from the Eco Team at St Francis Xavier School, one of those leading the campaign. They tell us about their work, including their recent ...

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