Teaching and Learning

Ideas and strategies to engage reluctant readers

Reluctant readers in their final years of primary education are in danger of entering adult life functionally illiterate – with all the risks that this brings. Georgina Jones looks at what parents can do and offers teachers some ideas for use in class


The growth mindset in key stage 2: Part 3

In the third part of his four-part series on growth mindset approaches to teaching in key stage 2, Ross McWilliam looks at whole-school strategies to involve pupils, staff and your parents


Case study: The arts across the curriculum

Balancing high-quality arts provision with meeting core academic measures is a challenge for primary schools. Jane Ryder discusses how this is tackled at Sidegate Primary School and offers some examples of their practice


Positive male role-models

For many pupils, having a positive male role-model in their lives can make a big difference to outcomes. Kim Jones suggests hosting workshops to give your fathers a chance to engage with their children and the school


Creating pupils who take responsibility for their own learning

Creating responsible children and encouraging your students to begin to take responsibility for their own learning is an admirable ambition for every school. Fiona Aubrey-Smith draws on some examples of good practice to offer advice, ideas and guidance


Music education: An evaluation of In Harmony

The In Harmony project has received £3 million in government funding to bring music opportunities to primary pupils in six disadvantaged areas. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at a new evaluation of the scheme’s impact so far


Teaching memory skills

Memory champion and school leader Jonathan Hancock has always been amazed that more schools don’t focus on memory skills. He argues why they should and offers some ideas for memory games and other approaches


The growth mindset in key stage 2: Part 2

In the second part of his four-part series on the growth mindset approaches to teaching, Ross McWilliam discusses how to implement ‘starter’ growth mindset at key stage 2


Getting to grips with teaching Shakespeare

Engaging young pupils with the work of Shakespeare is not as hard as you might think. Emma Lee-Potter speaks to two schools who have been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company to great effect


Boosting fitness skills with PE homework

The homework debate does not often stretch to PE – but should it? Child development specialist Tania Swift discusses introducing PE homework to boost the activity of our pupils out of school


A character education SEF

Make a difference to personal development, behaviour and welfare – Matt Bawden explains how character education might set the tone across a school and offers a self-evaluation framework


Pupil leadership in action

The importance of pupils taking ownership of their learning and having greater roles within school decision-making is increasingly recognised. Jo Corrigan looks at the principles of effective student leadership and examines the work of pupils at Eastlands Primary on its anti-bullying programme


The growth mindset in key stage 2: Part 1

In the first of a four-part series, Ross McWilliam looks at the growth mindset theory in action at key stage 2 and discusses implementing ‘starter’ growth mindset approaches


Developing your pupils’ emotional intelligence

With children and young people facing so many challenges to their wellbeing and mental health, having active strategies in the school environment to develop their emotional intelligence can make a real difference. Expert Shahana Knight offers some quick ideas


Learning behaviours: The Learning Superheroes!

Learning behaviours are something we are all familiar with, but to children they can seem abstract concepts. Headteacher Heather Madsen explains how they overcame this challenge at Red Oak Primary


A whole-school guided reading programme

Deputy headteacher Auveen Twomey describes her work to introduce a whole-school guided reading programme to raise standards of literacy, boost reading for pleasure and raise pupil outcomes


Case study: Talking about death

Talking about death is something we are not very good at and often do not tackle in schools. Yet a vast majority of pupils will experience a significant bereavement before the age of 16. Emma Lee-Potter reports on a pilot project linking one school’s pupils with their local hospice




Diary of a Parent: Sexism? At age 6?!

In a new regular feature for Headteacher Update, we get the view from the other side of the school gate. What do parents think about the many issues affecting education – from policy and leadership to the curriculum, testing and pastoral issues?


Achieving effective differentiation

Differentiation is accepted as part of teaching, but do we really offer true differentiation to all students, including those with SEN? Daniel Sobel says that too often we don’t. He looks here at a more nuanced and investigative approach to differentiation


Outdoor learning: Outside and outstanding

In the drive for outcomes, the contribution that outdoor learning can make is sometimes neglected. Suzanne O’Connell talks to headteacher Ruth Dean about how it’s become a foundation of their school




Case study: The Phonics Champion

The appointment of a ‘Phonics Champion’ and a focus on the most vulnerable pupils were among the strategies introduced by David Harrison to improve early reading outcomes at his school

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