Videogames -An Emerging Player In Education And Employment
Videogames could be the next big UK success story when it comes to employment but it is a vocational area where few teachers have expertise. Fortunately help is at hand says Sal McKeown
Enhanced learning – not electronic learning – helps schools thrive
Simon Luxford-Moore, head of eLearning at Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools (ESMS,) recently featured in the 2020 EdTech 50 list . Here he offers some thoughts on how all schools can deliver impactful education
Employment Is Not Exclusive And Is ‘Everybody’s Business’
Supported Internships can help SEND students make the move from education to employment, Angie Hincks from NSIP explains how.
Essential Skills And How To Build Them
Emma Crighton from the Skills Builder Partnership explains how teachers can help their students build creativity and problem-solving skills.
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.
Project-Based Learning – An Introduction
Project-Based Learning is the pedagogy of the future . It mostly closely resembles high quality work in the real economy. It also develops the skills of research, problem solving and collaboration that everyone accepts children need in the 21st Century. However, it is a major paradigm shift for schools, and is not an easy option.
Teaching Primary Climate Change
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
Coaching The Way Toward Wellbeing
What were the emerging benefits on student and staff wellbeing, from a progamme of developing a coaching culture in a school and how did the arrival of Covid-19 shape this. Andrew Macdonald-Brown reflects
How Digital Storytelling Can Transform Your Classroom
We all love a good story but digital story telling can be an engaging way to explore positive values in school, and spark discussion. Serdar Ferit, Co-CEO at Lyft, describes the impact in three schools
Evidence-Informed Teaching And Teacher Professional Status
Cat Scutt explores the research literacy, skills and culture needed to become an evidenced- informed profession.
A Retrospective On Lockdown
More than a year after the pandemic turned the spotlight on online learning, a report from OUP assesses the impact in seven countries. Sal McKeown reports
Helping Schools Revolutionise Teaching and Learning With New Technology
EdTech Demonstrator School Pheasey Park Farm has helped hundreds of schools nationally to achieve teaching excellence. Headteacher Sally Lanni explains how this has happened
What Kids Are Reading
The report found that while the number of books read overall dropped 17% in the year to July 2020, compared with the previous year, children read more during lockdowns and school closures.
The Impact of COVID-19 on School Starters: Parent and School Concerns About Children Starting School
Data from 50,000 pupils and a survey of schools across England have shown an increased number of four- and five-year-olds needing help with language.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) Annual Report
This report details the number of cases the OIA has reviewed over the past year, including examples relating to course delivery, and the impact of Covid-19.
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?
The Long Win Is More Important Than Grades, Medals and Rankings
Dr Cath Bishop: Olympic silver medallist, 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.
Why Research Must 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.
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
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
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.