Preparing teachers for disruptive or challenging students
For many teacher trainees, the idea of facing disruptive and defiant students fills them with dread. In this model of a professional discussion, Dom Brockway and Merv Lebor share ideas about how to prepare trainees to deal with bad behaviour.
Effective professional development for teachers in small primary schools
The needs of small primary schools are often neglected. Sally Wilkinson describes her research with eighteen schools to discover the kinds of professional development that is most effective.
Research and Development: the next big thing for schools?
Toby Greany explores some of the ways in which teaching schools and others are using Research and Development to drive school improvement. He asks whether R&D is a luxury or a vital necessity for schools in a self-improving system.
How to… help vulnerable children make the transition to secondary school
Caroline Saunders describes how having an outward-facing approach has transformed the often difficult passage from primary to secondary school. She explains how using a “Learning Together Outdoor” approach with vulnerable students and their families helped to ensure smooth transition and an enjoyable and successful Year 7 experience.
How to… help a school to face outwards for the sake of the most vulnerable pupils
Chris Bennett tells how he developed his school to be outward facing through setting up an alternative curriculum and developing staff through partnership working with outside agencies.
How to… spread an interest in science
Caroline Molyneux, Head of Science at Balshaw’s CE High School in Lancashire, describes how she used her Sinnott fellowship to promote science within the wider community. This included helping primary schools teach science more effectively; helping the local EBD school provide BTEC science; setting up a community science club; and increasing uptake of a science GCSE class for adults.
How to… introduce project-based learning
Alyson Boustead, Vice Principal at William Hulme’s Grammar School, describes how she set out to develop more independent, resourceful, collaborative and resilient students by introducing project-based learning into the Year 9 curriculum in order to answer the question: How did Manchester change the world?
How to… develop outward-facing teaching
Introduction to this issue's 'How to' guide, in which four practising teachers will provide insight and guidance on how to develop outward-facing schools. (Intro is open access).
High quality teachers, high quality learning – a framework for improvement
What is needed to establish a spirit of enquiry which makes a real improvement difference in schools? David Hopkins and Wayne Craig look at the conditions required which have profound implications for leadership and for professional development.