Curriculum

Getting feedback right in your classroom

6 July 2022

Marking and feedback can be a pressure point for new teachers and can lead to high workload. Adam Riches discusses some healthy habits to develop to ensure efficient and effective feedback and marking practice


Reviewing the curriculum: Middle leader focused quality assurance

28 June 2022

Curriculum review and quality assurance is a critical factor for all schools. In this article, Claire Harley discusses her work to create a quality assurance process that respects subject difference and middle leader autonomy, but which is comparable across the school


Case study: A one-page curriculum model

21 June 2022

Creating a concise and comprehensive curriculum model at Bosworth Academy has had a big impact on curriculum and lesson planning and the quality of education. Dave Claricoates explains


PSHE: We need to talk about cannabis

20 June 2022

Use of cannabis among teenagers is on the rise and charity the Alcohol Education Trust has responded with new workshops for schools. CEO Helena Conibear offers some tips on tackling cannabis education


Extra-curricular activities as part of a broad and balanced curriculum

20 June 2022

In this five-part series, Matt Bromley looks at best practice for planning and delivering effective extra-curricular provision. In part three, he looks at how extra-curricular activities can help create a broad and balanced curriculum offer and how we can boost student take-up



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


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


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’


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


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


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



The climate crisis, the curriculum and CPD

22 February 2022

The role of school leadership in ensuring schools respond to the environmental challenges of our generation is crucial, and teacher support and professional development will play a key role. Heena Dave advises


What is slow teaching? Depth over breadth in the classroom

16 February 2022

What if we sought to put greater depth and therefore less breadth into our teaching, being clearer about and taking more time over key concepts and making our curriculum planning more effective? Matt Bromley calls this ‘slow teaching’...


One-to-one tutoring: Dos & don’ts

19 January 2022

Many schools are implementing small group or one-to-one tutoring programmes as part of their Covid recovery work. This article asks tutors at the Kemnal Academies Trust for their dos and don’ts of effective tutoring provision


Adaptive teaching explained: What, why and how?

8 December 2021

The PISA research says that ‘adaptive instruction’ is one of the approaches most positively correlated with student performance. Matt Bromley looks at what adaptive teaching entails and how to deliver it


Simplifying our practice: Lesson planning

6 December 2021

In a series of five articles, Adam Riches is looking at how we might simplify common classroom practice in order to make teaching and learning more effective. Part five looks at lesson planning


Why and how we should be using retrieval practice and spaced learning

1 December 2021

Retrieval practice alone is not enough. We must also consider spaced learning, interleaving, feedback and metacognition if we are to have an impact on the retention and transfer of knowledge and skills. Kristian Still looks at why we must use and combine all five approaches



Adaptive teaching for EAL students in language-heavy subjects

29 November 2021

History, geography, English literature and religious studies are undeniably language-heavy subjects, making them particularly challenging for learners who have English as an additional language. Caroline Bruce offers some advice, ideas and resources to support your teaching of EAL students

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