In classroom learning

Robert Slavin

Leave no pupils behind: the principles (and limits) of a mastery approach

If all pupils are to master the prerequisite skills for important lessons, teachers must have the resources to help them reach the same baseline. When giving a lesson, all teachers face a dilemma. Some pupils will master all the lesson content, some will learn it partially and others will not learn...
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Rebecca Carver

Helping all pupils to master maths

Primary teacher Rebecca Carver explains how combining a mastery approach with creative strategies can help all pupils to succeed in this often problematic subject. Using the Mathematics Mastery approach, we set the same learning objectives for every child in every lesson. All children get the same...
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Diane Wilson

Igniting a passion for science with technology

How can teachers ensure that able children are excited by science and appropriately challenged in ways that are motivating and rewarding? Go straight to How we identify gifted science learners Seeing science in action Challenge and real-life application Linking with experts and industry Pupil...
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Elizabeth Holmes

Making homework ‘work’ at your school

Research suggests that homework has little impact on academic achievement. So, how can schools ensure it is used to improve pupils' learning? 'Spoon feeding, in the long run, teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.' - EM Forster In my final year at primary school, we were challenged to...
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Chris Wright

Increasing physical activity and raising standards: the magic formula

Inactivity is becoming the biggest threat to young people’s long-term health (1). Chris Wright, head of health at the Youth Sport Trust, looks at how a focus on physical activity in your school can give it a competitive advantage in raising both health and educational standards. The issue of...
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Elizabeth Holmes

Engaging children through space exploration: the Tim Peake effect

With Tim Peake’s momentous return to earth we are reminded of what a superb ambassador for space exploration he has been. Elizabeth Holmes discusses his impact on children's learning. Explore often. Only then will you know how small you are and how big the world is . Pradeepa Pandiyan Tim spent 186...
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Alex Masters

Schools that reject technology are not switched on

A Steiner school has rejected technology in the classroom. Alex Masters thinks they’re missing a trick. A recent Guardian report ‘ Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech ?’ reveals that a Steiner school in Nottingham has rejected tablets, computers and whiteboards in...
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Liz Worthen

From differentiation tips to mastery: the changing world of gifted and talented

Liz Worthen takes a reflective look back at what’s changed (and what hasn’t) in regards to stretch and challenge for more able pupils. When the gifted and talented initiative launched , back in the heady new Labour days of 1999, our first (and ongoing challenge) was the name itself: what did it...
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Alex Masters

Teachers: you have every right to be boring

The recent news that an English teacher has been struck off, partly owing to the fact her lessons were deemed ‘boring’ by her pupils, has left me incensed. I don’t wish to comment on this personal case – especially owing to the fact there were various factors leading to her dismissal – but the fact...
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James Allen

Who’d be a PE teacher?!

I’ve recently produced our PE, Health and School Sports event, so I thought I’d share the research that goes on behind the scenes and some of the key challenges PE teachers and coordinators are facing right now. As an added bonus, none of my friends have quite grasped what a full-time conference...
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