The SecEd Podcast: The Secrets to Quality First Teaching

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

What does effective teaching look like in the classroom? This episode of The SecEd Podcast dissects the key ingredients of quality first teaching, offering tips & ideas, advice & guidance from three practising and experienced teachers.

In this episode, our guests Chloe Testa, Adam Riches and Helen Webb – who have more than 34 years’ teaching experience between them – dissect what exactly quality first teaching looks like in the classroom, offering practical ideas, guidance and reflection.

We tackle teacher CPD, subject knowledge, and research-led teaching. We look at the environment for learning, some key principles of effective pedagogy, stretch, challenge and high expectations as well as explanations and modelling.

We also tackle questioning techniques, how to tackle misconceptions, practice and revision, as well as feedback and assessment.

You can listen to this episode of the SecEd Podcast above. To hear other SecEd podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The SecEd Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit

For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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