Skills


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


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


Extended science practical investigations

8 June 2020

Extended practical investigations take time and planning to get right, but the results in terms of staff and student motivation can make this worthwhile. They can also inspire students to continue with their STEM studies into higher education. Head of chemistry Lisa Niven explains


Home education: Resources for schools, teachers and parents: Part 3

27 April 2020

This is the third edition of the SecEd compendium of home schooling and remote education resources for schools, teachers and parents. We cover a range of subjects, as well as exercise and keeping fit, mental health and wellbeing, cultural and arts activities, and whole-school support





Breaking down literacy barriers in year 7

23 October 2019

Some pupils in year 7 lack the required vocabulary and literacy skills. Ruth Everett looks at how we can support students for whom literacy difficulties are a barrier to accessing the curriculum


The power of chess

15 October 2019

The Ormiston Academies Trust is investing in chess clubs at its schools. Jemima Waltho looks at how the project has developed


How to teach and encourage independent study skills

1 October 2019

Learning how to study independently is an important skill that will serve students both now and in their future education endeavours. Andy McHugh looks at how secondary teachers can instil independent study habits


Encouraging talking in the classroom

17 September 2019

Many students can be reluctant to speak in lessons but talking confidently is a key skill that we must be encouraging. Adam Riches looks at how we can help young people to find their voices


Ideas to get them reading

3 July 2019

Getting secondary school pupils to pick up a book and develop a love of reading can sometimes be a challenge. School librarian Stephanie Horton explains the three core strategies employed at Smith’s Wood Academy and offers a few ideas and tips...


An unapology for poetry in school

21 May 2019

Poetry in schools can open the door to so many other areas of learning and skills. It can be the springboard to other literature and texts, more articulate and confident students, and can engage students like no other medium. Kathy James offers some ideas...


Independent learning projects: Out on their own...

20 March 2019

Familiar or new? A student’s topic selection for independent learning assignments can be crucial, but should they stick to what they know or explore uncharted waters? Dr Andrew K Shenton discusses



Metacognition: Classroom strategies

21 November 2018

The Teaching and Learning Toolkit ranks metacognition and self-regulation practices as among the most effective. Matt Bromley continues his focus on these strategies by offering six teaching approaches for the classroom



Building essential skills in school

17 October 2018

How can we help our students to build key essential skills to support them in their schooling and beyond? Tom Ravenscroft advises





Communication and collaboration skills

23 May 2018

Communication and team-work skills are highly sought-after in today’s world. Steve Burnage looks at how schools can develop skills in communication and collaboration, including across the curriculum


Using contact hypothesis in RE

9 May 2018

Many RE activities aim to have a positive impact on social relations, but teachers may not be going far enough...


Key transition skills

9 May 2018

The Lift Off project is helping to support pupils’ transition to secondary school. Martina Veale explains more and offers some free resources for SecEd readers

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