What Lies Beneath Ireland’s Striking Success In Reading Literacy?
Research recently published by the National Foundation for Educational Research suggests that good links with the community, a stable policy environment and greater autonomy for schools, contribute towards Republic of Ireland pupils achieving higher reading scores than their counterparts in the UK and other English speaking countries. Juliet Sizmur, provides further reflections on the study.
How To Put The Student At The Centre Of Learning
Julian Grant describes how all aspects of his school came to be built on one overriding purpose - students being in control of their own learning. He gives guidance on how readers can apply this in their own schools.
How Blended Teaching Can Enable True Blended Learning
Pritpal Chandan explores the pedagogy of Blended Learning and provides professional development guidance to help teachers to facilitate this effectively for learners.
Challenging Maths Anxieties To Make Learning Fun This Summer
Paul Carter, former teacher and head of learning content at Mangahigh, explores how edtech and gaming can make maths fun and reduce anxiety ahead of the new academic year
Help Your Children Respect Gender Equality Online
Dr Linda Papadopoulos, psychologist and Internet Matters ambassador, explains why stereotypes are having such an impact on young people
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?
Remote Learning Has Set Children up for Life Beyond School
70% of parents and teachers believe digital skills gained during the pandemic will aid children in their future, with over half of teachers wanting to see online interaction combined with traditional teaching in the school curriculum.
The Role of Audiobooks to Engage Reluctant Readers and Under-Represented Children and Young People
This survey of 42,502 children and young people aged 8 to 18 showed almost half (48.7%) of children and young people listened to podcasts and audiobooks in the last year.
Learning About Place: Understanding Lifelong Learning and Social Mobility in COVID Britain
This report highlights the need for a more flexible lifelong learning strategy, more localised careers support and an expansion of higher education if the government’s levelling up agenda is to be effective.
The Cost of High-Quality Professional Development for Teachers in England
A policy of providing teachers with an entitlement to 35 hours of high-quality continuing professional development (CPD) a year has been shown to bring significant returns in the way of pupil attainment and earnings, and may tackle retention problems in the teaching profession.
Re-thinking Assessment 3: Visible Progress
In the final of three articles Professor Bill Lucas looks at the visible progress taking place within educational assessments.
How To Promote Reflection By Older Students On Their Independent Learning
Asking students to reflect and review their work is often a thankless task. Young people might not have with the intellectual habits of mind or cognitive skills. Andrew K. Shenton says that models of reflection can provide them with some scaffolding.
The Early Career Framework Is Designed To Stop One Third Of New Teachers Leaving – Will It Work?
The ECF is hitting schools next term! Janice Fletcher, who leads the programme for Capita, shares her teaching philosophy and explains why tailored continuous professional development is so vital.
Digital Assessment Is Key To Bridging The UK’s Digital Skills Gap
Peter Collison of RM gives his view about closing the skills gap and saving a 'lost generation'.
Co-Designing Innovative Learning Environments: The Smart Classroom Project
Research in several Spanish Universities is trying to find new ways to think about that suit modern learning and teaching methods. Professor Guillermo Bautista Pérez of the Open University of Catalonia, reports.
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
National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce
This 90–page review looks at 5 main areas: Roles and Responsibilities; Qualifications and Training; Career Pathways; Recruitment and Retention; Workforce Planning. The Reviews findings are aimed primarily at managers of services, representative bodies, training providers and other organisations involved in early years and childcare. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 12
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?
Cultivating Leadership Presence and Resilience Through Mindfulness
A leader’s inner world needs as much attention and training as the ‘external’ skills of leadership, if they are to survive and be effective, argues Maggie Farrar.
Teachers Are Appreciating A Broader Approach To Their Subject Matter
Inspiring students to love learning subjects is a tall order. But The PTI wants rich subject provision to be centre stage as Carolyn Roberts explains.
One Britain One Nation Anthem Shows Flaws In The Government’s Music Strategy
Antony Copus reflects on the importance of singing in children's lives and the One Britain One Nation song
A Student’s Perspective On Learning Online
How one student felt about lockdown and learning online
The Long Win Is More Important Than Grades, Medals And Rankings
Dr Cath Bishop, Olympic silver medalist, former diplomat, business coach and educator, and author of ‘The Long Win’, argues that we should focus more on constant learning to get the big successes.
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.