Teaching and Learning

Character education: Virtue

In a new series of best practice articles exploring character education, expert Matt Bawden asks what aspects of character should be central to our education system and details a new DfE-backed pilot project to teach character through the curriculum


Case study: A central role for the arts

From changing classrooms into workshops to pupils curating their own museums, the arts play a central role at Sidegate Primary School. The school’s arts and culture coordinator Jane Ryder explains


Case study: Sustainable schools

The Ashden Sustainable Schools Awards celebrate schools that pave the way in saving energy and inspiring others. Alex Green looks at two recent primary school winners and explains more about Ashden’s work and awards



Embedding a ‘mastery‘ teaching approach

‘Mastery’ teaching encourages pupils to learn to redraft and improve their own work, equipping them with a deep understanding of their learning. Jenna Crittenden explains how she worked to embed this approach at her school


Case study: Skills and coding

Teacher Alison Henderson engaged with the popular Apps for Good scheme to push her pupils’ problem-solving and computing skills to the limit. She explains more


A Cultural Education Challenge

The Arts Council’s Cultural Education Challenge is aimed at bringing those working in schools and the arts together to deliver effective and inspiring arts education. Laura Gander-Howe explains


What will this year hold for character education?

The government has thrown its backing behind character education, with a national awards and financial grants. Suzanne O'Connell looks at how schools might embrace and prioritise this agenda in the year ahead


Literacy difficulties and the Pupil Premium

Whole-school approaches to supporting students with persistent literacy difficulties and spending the Pupil Premium are essential. Sarah Driver explains more and offers practical advice and ideas


India and Uganda: Forging global links

The impact of two international partnerships – with India and Uganda – on pupils at Pakefield Primary School has been impressive. Helen Phillips explains


Practical science at KS2

What are the main challenges when delivering effective practical science at key stage 2? Dan Sullivan takes a look


Supporting languages education in Scotland

Scotland’s National Centre for Languages works to develop and improve the learning and teaching of languages. Petra McLay describes some of the support on offer to languages teachers in Scotland


Be prepared: Scouts in school

Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe has decided to give over an afternoon a week to Beavers and Cubs. Vice-principal Sean Woolley explains why


A guide to subject leadership

What does subject leadership look like in a primary school environment? Headteacher John Tilley discusses the introduction of defined principles and approaches for subject leadership in his school, including a Subject Leader Guide



Getting the most from external arts partnerships

Primary schools often engage with external organisations when it comes to delivering arts education and wider opportunities. Jeremy Newton looks at some of the ingredients that make for productive relationships


Cicadas and prime numbers

Mathematics expert Marcus du Sautoy explains why art is an ideal vehicle for teaching mathematics and introduces a simple lesson idea involving the cicada and its predators...



Running forest learning

Pupils at Fairfield Preparatory School are taking their learning outside thanks to an initiative that is revolutionising the school day. Forest school leader Alex Carter explains


Research into the impact of the funded Bikeability scheme

The government-funded Bikeability scheme trains children to be confident and safe cyclists and has so far reached 1.5 million young people. Claire Hodgson looks at how the initiative engages with schools and reports on research into its impact




Ofsted and e-safety in schools

It is vital that schools get their e-safety policies right. Geoff Millington offers advice for schools on creating an effective e-safety policy and outlines what Ofsted inspectors are looking for



More computing ideas...

Continuing our focus on the computing curriculum, Lauren Hyams from the not-for-profit Code Club Pro explores the new-look subject and offers some practical suggestions for the classroom

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