Cognitive Load Theory : How Much Is Too Much?
Are we swamping learners with information in ways they are unable to process? Simon Richter considers what Cognitive Load Theory has to offer and what this means for classroom practice and the professional development of teachers
Teacher Assessed Grades: A Q &A Session
Following the Government's announcement that formal exams including GCSEs and A-Levels have been cancelled for 2021, schools have been grappling with how best to support their learners and ensure that their grades are reasonable and fair. Emily Flower explores the complexities
Why Research Often Has Zero Impact On Teaching – And How INSET Can Make The Difference
Marcella McCarthy describes how research engagement transformed in-service training within her school
The Crying Shame Of Erasmus: Opposition To Exit Gains Momentum
The UK gained a huge amount rom Erasmus, encouraging talent from across the world to visit the UK , and often stay, and for our school children and students to learn from foreign cultures. Opposition to our disgraceful exit is mounting. Martin Cumella reports
Talking about Oracy: Effective Communication In The Classroom
There is a distinct difference between those schools that have chosen to encourage oracy strategies in their curricular, and those that have focused on skills for written assessments. By shining a light on the effective oracy practises, we can see the vital role of oral communication and how ourselves and our students can benefit. Sarah Davies, who has written the book 'Talking About Oracy.' has constructed this KnowledgeBank as a guide to the subject.
Facilitating an Open Question Mindset
Peter Worley, co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation, explores how to ask the sorts of questions that take children’s thinking further in this recording of a Master Class webinar.
Why are so many children susceptible to grooming, fake news and extreme ideology? One of the reasons is a complete naivety about the voracity and ability to access information they read on the Internet. Why aren't schools taking information literacy more seriously?
What makes a good question? How can I use questioning to improve my students’ thinking? How can I improve my questioning? How can I encourage students to ask good questions? What is meant by a ‘questioning culture’? Why is Community of Enquiry and philosophy connected to questioning?
Why ResearchMust Be At The Heart Of Professional Practice
Raphael Wilkins vehemently condemns the persistent barriers to practitioner research engagement and calls for a fundamental shift which establishes school based research as the means for continuous quality improvement.
Where Next? What Influences the Choices School Leavers Make?
Young people need "early engagement" in careers information and advice, with one in three students not knowing that university was an option for them at primary school.
The Road Not Taken: Drivers of Course Selection
This report investigates why there are differences in education course choices – and their likely consequences.
Composite Classes, Class Size and Human Capital Accumulation
This research concludes that exposure to older peers is highly beneﬁcial to primary school pupils in terms of attainment.
The State of Technology in Education 2020/21
By gathering the opinions of over 2,000 educators during lockdown, this report found out which strategies and technologies schools relied on and how COVID-19 will impact the future of learning.
Understanding Progress in the 2020/21 Academic Year
This report represents is first assessment of the learning loss experienced by pupils in England as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Impact of School Closures and Subsequent Support Strategies on Attainment and Socio-Emotional Wellbeing in Key Stage 1
School closures during the first national Covid-19 lockdown meant disadvantaged children performed worse in reading and maths, particularly towards the end of the assessments, than their classmates.
Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance
This updated government guidance explains the actions school leaders should take to minimise the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in their school. This includes public health advice, endorsed by Public Health England (PHE). From 8 March 2021, all pupils were expected to return. To facilitate this, schools/colleges MUST: Review and update their risk assessments;Ensure […]
Healthy Schools, Healthy Children?
This is the first major Ofsted survey on the broader aspects of health and well–being of pupils since the introduction of the Every Child Matters agenda. It covers the school ethos, the curriculum, food and drink, PE and school sport, lifelong health messages and barriers to improvement. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 11
Schools are embracing interactive whiteboards and students are reaping the benefits from new software, says DUNCAN MCMILLAN, who looks at how one award-winning company is bringing a new dimension to maths through interactive games designed specially for interactive whiteboard use.
Analytic v synthetic phonics
Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson, explore analytic versus synthetic phonics; consider the research into the merits of the techniques; and look at the outcome of phonics teaching on a child’s reading success.
Chris Watkins takes a closer look at collaboration between pupils: why do they enjoy it and how does it work?
The limits of inclusion
With the growing government emphasis on inclusion, the role of special schools has become marginalised in education policy. Yet for many children, inclusion in the mainstream is a route to failure.
Levelling The Playing Field For Recruitment
Ben Antell is regional director of United Learning, one of the biggest academy chains in the UK. Here he shares his hints and tips for getting schools to see the benefits of this free recruitment tool.
Are Teacher-Assessed Exam Grades Accurate Enough ?
Howard Sharron looks at the controversy over teacher assessed grades and the likelihood of bias and inconsistencies
Why We Still Need The Humanities, Social Sciences, And Arts In A STEM World
The growth of STEM subject preferences for university courses is both desirable and understandable after the Pandemic. But it shouldn't blind us to the importance of the arts and humanities, argues Sophie Goldsworthy
Why Coaching for Kids Is A Main Road Back To Learning
As a prelude to her important online training series for TeachingTimes, Coaching For Kids', Jackie Beere explains how Peer Coaching can empower staff and pupils to open their minds about their own abilities.
Award Winning Deaf Teacher An Inspiration For Deaf and Hearing Children Alike
My most uplifting moment of the year so far was when I interviewed Alysha Allen, who has won the 2020 Teacher Of The Year Award despite being profoundly deaf
Evelyn Dunbar Assembly
Art is a powerful tool in time of crisis and great social change. This assembly by Matt James, examines the role that art has played during times of profound national crisis, both in relation to the Second World War and during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Pupils need to have experience of as many different materials as possible to make sense of their world. Of course, the idea of studying different types of materials, such as paper, wood or metals might seem a little uninspiring, but the fact remains that materials science (in terms of materials’ properties and usage etc.) is an important part of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 education.