Our Journey Beyond Age-Related Expectations and into Thinking, Resilience And Empathy
The children at Rimrose Hope School in Sefton were, despite its disadvantaged community, performing well above their expected levels. But something was missing in their core abilities to learn and reflect. Lawrence Crilly reports on how the staff responded
How To Incorporate Dialogic Teaching Strategies In The Classroom
In the second of three articles on Oracy, Sarah Davies explores the power of dialogic teaching.
Harnessing EdTech As A Catalyst For Change And Improvement
Pheasey Park Farm Primary School in Walsall, West Midlands found that EdTech transformed their school and its OFSTED rating. Here Sarah Morgan, Assistant Head Teacher, shared her school’s journey and some of the tips they can pass on to others
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
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 Education Research
Understanding what successful remote education has been a priority for Ofsted during the pandemic. This report has found that without an appropriate blended learning model, the current crisis makes for a particularly challenging situation.
The Impact of School Closures on Autumn 2020 Attainment
At the end of the 2020 autumn term, there were measurable declines in attainment compared to the previous year across virtually all subjects and year groups.
Measuring the Disadvantage Gap in 16-19 Education
The disadvantage gap is found to vary considerably across the country: poorer students are the equivalent of five whole A level grades behind their more affluent peers in some areas of England.
Understanding and Addressing Inequalities in Physical Activity
This report recommends that public bodies which commission physical activity need to understand the complexity between the many different groups with protected characteristics - such as age, sex or ethnic group - within their local communities in order to increase activity, and to improve health and wellbeing.
Are Teacher-Assessed Exam Grades Accurate Enough ?
Howard Sharron looks at the controversy over teacher assessed grades and the likelihood of bias and inconsistencies
Boop – An App That Provides A Wraparound Solution For Young People With Special Needs
Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on children with Special Educational Needs but Steve Smith believes a new online learning platform will improve progress and support
Establishing A Whole Class Feedback Model
Marking children's work with individual comments on their papers is not just hellishly burdensome, the gain is very limited and in some cases even counter-productive. Elen Harris researched a different way.
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.
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.
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
A Headteacher’s Suicide That Should Never Have Happened
The tragic death of a brilliantly successful headteacher alerted Jackie Beere to the destructive nature of stress . it profoundly changed her life.
Why The School Library Was My First Investment – Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver, who has been called one of the country’s most inspirational and successful school leaders, urges schools to recognise the power of school libraries
The Digital School Of The Future
The depth of the change in teaching and learning in the last 12 months has been breath-taking, but we are only at the beginnings of the Edtech transformation, insists Parves Khan
A Modest Proposal For Schools After Christmas
Is there a better way to reconcile the dilemma that school are spreading the virus , and the need to keep hem open for the sake of educational equity?
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.