Pedagogy



Knowledge and skills: How you can achieve both in your school

30 June 2020

There is a virus doing the rounds – it makes people think that knowledge and skills cannot co-habit. Professor Guy Claxton says that ‘both/and’ – not ‘either/or’ – is perfectly possible. He offers some practical reflections for school leaders


PSHE: Five tried and tested tips

24 June 2020

PSHE equips students with an understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Head of PSHE Andrew Hedley shares five tried and tested tips to get the most from lessons


Critical thinking activities and ideas

23 June 2020

In an age of misinformation and in the midst of a global pandemic, critical thinking and judgement have fast become essential life-skills. Rebecca Kitchen reports on a CPD project to improve young people’s critical thinking and discusses some approaches and best practice



Barriers to learning: What we say, think and do...

9 June 2020

If we are to break down barriers to learning – real and perceived – then we must consider carefully what we think, say and do when working with our students. Lauran Hampshire-Dell advises


An easier way: The nine Rs of differentiation

2 June 2020

In writing their new book on differentiation, Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston drew on expert advice to create a list of easy and quick things that would result in real differentiation for most children. The best news of all, they all begin with R...


Free CPD materials: Metacognition in the classroom

19 May 2020

In this series, Steve Burnage offers CPD workshop ideas that can be adapted for you and your school, including via remote working. Here, he looks at metacognition and self-regulation in the classroom


Curriculum implementation: Teaching and learning

13 May 2020

?In January, Matt Bromley gave us the low-down on curriculum intent. He now turns his attention to the second Ofsted ‘I’ –implementation. In part two of this two-part article, he focuses on what it means for classroom practice




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



Remote teaching and learning: Dos and Don'ts

1 April 2020

Teachers are getting used to remote working – supporting pupils and families with education during the coronavirus lockdown. Andy McHugh offers some dos and don’ts for teaching staff



Coronavirus: Provision and teaching in school during the crisis

23 March 2020

For the foreseeable future, schools are only open to children of key workers, vulnerable students or those with an EHCP. Matt Bromley looks at what kind of provision we can reasonably offer these students at a time of national crisis and staff shortages


Coronavirus: Supporting families and pupils learning from home

21 March 2020

Schools face a raft of new challenges as they seek to support the home education of their students. Matt Bromley offers his reflections on what teachers and schools can do to ensure learning continues as much as possible during the coronavirus emergency


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



Differentiation: Time to rethink our approach?

26 February 2020

Differentiation for pupils, including those with SEN, is important – but it does not have to be all-consuming for the teacher. Daniel Sobel and Sara Alston discuss some simple adjustments to our thinking and teaching



Saving time: Tackling misconceptions

22 January 2020

Time is our most precious commodity and it is often in short supply. In this five-part series, Adam Riches looks at how we can change common practices to help save time and improve teaching and learning. Part one focuses on checking student understanding


Don’t do ‘the right thing’

22 January 2020

The language of learning and classroom talk about the process of learning are two key aspects that are too often missing, especially in the STEM disciplines, says Joel Wirth


The Holocaust: Humanising the inhuman

15 January 2020

Teaching the Holocaust effectively and communicating the harrowing reality of what happened is a challenge for all schools. Drawing on the work of the Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre, Emma King looks at how we can make it real for students

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