A Curriculum Planning Tool For Teaching Climate Change
Sue Lyle outlines a curriculum planning tool for organising an approach to teaching and learning around environmental damage, the loss of bio=diversity and the forces in play in creating, and the obstacles to stopping, climate change
School Librarians Want Bigger Role In Information Literacy and Fighting Fake News
Like everyone, over the last year, school librarians have had to find ways to adapt to the changing landscape. They have coped brilliantly. But the return to normal will bring back some difficult frustrations, as Elizabeth Hutchinson reports
Great teaching and learning? It’s a habit!
Our habits are like an automatic pilot that helps us do everything without too much thinking. We know what we are doing and how to do it. Then a pandemic hits and changes everything.
Generation On Mute – An Open Letter To The Department for Education and Ofqual
The Principal of UTC South Durham calls the DfE and Ofqual to account for the inadequate time they are giving students to complete technical studies - and for not listening!
Primary Climate Change Curriculum
Now, more than ever, students want to know about the climate emergency and teachers want guidance on how to teach about the biggest crisis facing the planet – climate change. And who better to help teachers with this than CTL, the leading practical journal for teachers.
David Hopkins’ Approach To School Improvement and System Leadership
Professor David Hopkins is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost thinkers about school improvement and how to put it on a sustainable footing. He has written a lot for TeachingTimes and here we collect his articles and some wider links to give an over-view of his thinking and strategies for implementing change in schools
Every Child A Reader
New Research shows that organised parental engagement in their children's reading could more than offset losses caused by Covid-19. Heather Clements reports on the Every Child A Reader Framework
Do We Care Enough About Staff Wellbeing?
Worthwhileness – happiness – well-being. These words are relatively new in politics – and in education. Richard Layard1 suggests that the things that make people happy are our social lives, the trust we have in others, the continuity of our lives, our feelings of self-worth (including feeling at least as well off as other people), and the feeling that things are getting better.
Impacts of a Standing Desk Intervention Within an English Primary School Classroom
Providing a standing desk to every primary school child in a UK classroom can reduce sitting time throughout most of the academic year, according to a new study.
The Impact of Lockdown on Children’s Education: A Nationwide Analysis
The attainment gap between pupils eligible for pupil premium and those who are not has widened significantly.
A Critical Juncture for Public Services: Lessons From COVID-19
Disadvantaged and vulnerable children face a higher risk of abuse and dropping further behind due to Covid-19 school closures.
Changes in Children and Young People’s Mental Health Symptoms From March To October 2020
This study highlighted that children with special education needs and/or neurodevelopmental differences and those from lower income household displayed consistently elevated behavioural, emotional and restlessness/ attentional difficulties over the course of the pandemic.
In This Revolutionary College Students Manage Their Own Learning
How far can students be left to organise their own learning, with teachers stepping back into the role of facilitators? All the way, asserts head Ian Cunningham
Teaching The Climate Emergency and Ecological Breakdown
In this issue the activities reflect not only the climate emergency but the equally important issue of ecological breakdown.
Climate Change: Pupil Voice, Digital Democracy and Global Citizenship
Digital Democracy can be a great way of ensuring the voices of all children and young people in a school are heard. Sue Lyle and Peter Anderson report on how the digital platform, VocalEyes can be used to support Pupil Voice and lead to serious action for change in schools and community.
Only A Crisis Can Produce Real Change
Headteacher Shonogh Pilgrim misses lockdown and has some bitter-sweet reflections about the return to a less-than-great ‘normal'.
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.
Learning the Lessons of Lockdown is Everyone’s Responsibility
Olly Newton, Executive Director, Edge Foundation, believes that the disruption of lockdown has been creative as well as horribly challenging
A Vision for Inclusive Middle Leadership
Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO Achievement for All , argues that an Inclusive school needs vision, and in particular a vision for inclusive middle leadership who will be asked, after all, to do most of the heavy lifting.
What Happened To Learning During The Lockdown In Leeds?
The digital divide is deeply affecting children, families and teachers as Leila Johnston reports from Yorkshire
Leading Academy Trusts – A Reflection
On the publication of his book ‘Leading Academy Trusts – Why some fail but most don’t’ Sir David Carter, former National Schools Commissioner, looks back on what he has learned about leadership and managing multi-academy trusts over a 37 year career
The do’s and don’ts of remote learning – How AI works and what it brings to the table
Dr Sara de Freitas, executive director of education at Wey Education, providers of InterHigh, the online school, shares her advice on retaining and refining the advantages we have all experienced from online, blended learning during Covid-19.
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.