Pedagogy

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


Diversity and inclusion in the classroom

5 July 2022

When it comes to diversity, equality and inclusion, many schools have got the basics in place, but there is more to consider – especially for teachers who must ensure the inclusion of all pupils in their classrooms. Adele Bates reflects on a recent SecEd Podcast discussion


Multilingual pedagogies for diverse inclusive schools

5 July 2022

We should not expect children who use English as an additional language to leave their language and culture at the school door. Kamil Trzebiatowski and Silvana Richardson advise teachers on using multilingual pedagogies


Modelling and scaffolding in the classroom

29 June 2022

Modelling and scaffolding are at the heart of effective pedagogy. Adam Riches offers some classroom ideas and advice for trainee and early career teachers on this crucial element of practice


The case for one-to-one device access in schools

27 June 2022

After a recent SecEd webinar focused on what schools can do to close the digital divide, Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith and Sarah Evans discuss different ways of achieving one-to-one device access and how this approach can unlock powerful learning


How to handle conspiracy theories in the classroom

15 June 2022

Increasingly, conspiracy theories are making their way into the classroom. How should we respond as teachers? Andrew Jones discusses prebunking and debunking these theories and offers strategies for the classroom




A teacher’s guide to retrieval practice: Overcoming illusions of competence

25 May 2022

Continuing his series on the potential of retrieval practice, spaced learning, metacognition, and successive relearning in the classroom, Kristian Still considers how students often mis-assess and mismanage their own learning due to their cognitive biases and beliefs. So – how do we overcome these ...


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



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’


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


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


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 ...


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




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’...


Growth Mindset: Day-to-day approaches for schools

15 February 2022

Dr Carol Dweck’s growth mindset research has proved revolutionary, but it can sometimes get lost in translation. Dr Gohar Khan considers the day-to-day implementation of growth mindset, including embracing failure and delivering meaningful and thoughtful praise

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