Teaching and Learning

Finding the balance with homework

Too much? Too little? And is it really worth it in the end? The debate surrounding homework continues amid concerns that it exacerbates disadvantage. Suzanne O’Connell asks schools about their policies


Successful arts partnerships

Working in partnership with outside organisations can bring a real boost to your arts and music provision. Gary Peile and Michael Corley discuss the work they have undertaken in partnership


Resilience education

The role of schools in fostering resilience in their pupils is being increasingly discussed by politicians and educators. Headteacher Rose Threlfall offers her view


Some practical ideas and advice for computing

We continue our recent series of articles offering advice and practical ideas for teaching the new computing curriculum. Here, former headteacher Pat Mainprize and teacher Gregory Elleston offer some ideas for each of the core elements of the new curriculum


Family Homework Project: Learning together

The Family Homework project, run by five primary schools in London, has proved successful at engaging parents and encouraging families to work and learn together. Jon Swain and JD Carpentieri explain more


What makes an inspiring teacher?

A research project has observed a group of teachers identified by their school leaders as ‘inspirational’ in a bid to discover what it is that makes an inspiring teacher. Tony McAleavy looks at some of the common traits that emerged


The definitive guide to great teaching?

The review What Makes Great Teaching? brings together evidence to guide practitioners. But should this review of research lead to a revolution in practice? Suzanne O’Connell takes a look at the study and speaks to schools with outstanding teaching


Curriculum: As the dust settles...

Questions surrounding curriculum and assessment are still on the minds of school leaders two months into the new term. Corinne Pinfold explains



Ideas and thoughts about the new maths curriculum

The new primary curriculum offers an opportunity to clarify for children what maths is and how it fits together, says former headteacher Pete Sumner. He offers some advice on delivering the new-look mathematics curriculum


Computing advice and resources

Two months into the new computing curriculum, headteacher Rebecca Stacey considers some of the challenges we have faced in delivering the new-look subject, offers her advice for the months ahead, and signposts a few useful resources


Computing: Supporting effective teaching

The computing curriculum is now in place and we have a fairly clear idea about what we should be teaching. Two months in to the new curriculum, Miles Berry, of the University of Roehampton, discusses effective teaching strategies and how schools can suppo


Spending the Sport Premium effectively

Government research suggests that the PE and Sport Premium funding is having a positive impact on primary school sports provision. Suzanne O’Connell finds out how some schools have been using the money.


Embracing global learning in your school

How can we ensure our new-look curriculum is local, national and international and helps our pupils to understand their place in the world? Fiona Aubrey-Smith reports on the work of some schools.


TechnoTeaching – five simple ideas

Do you wonder how to make the most of ICT to enhance your skills as a teacher? Nicole Ponsford and Dr Julie Wood, authors of the new book TechnoTeaching, offer five simple ideas for teachers who want to embrace technology.


Introducing peer-to-peer reading

A peer-to-peer reading programme at Barry Island Primary School has proved a great success. Headteacher Ty Golding explains how they went about implementing the scheme and offers his advice to others wanting to do the same.


Preview: The Into Film Festival

The Into Film Festival takes place from November 4 to 21, offering schools a range of opportunities to use film to inspire and educate their pupils. The festival’s artistic director, Sam Wilson, previews this year's event


Secrets to science success

After helping to redraft the new primary science curriculum, Anne Goldsworthy discusses some key considerations for school leaders when delivering the new programmes of study and lists some key tenets to science success.


Shop ‘til you drop!

Helen Frostick reports on a project marrying the concepts of shopping and business to inspire year 6 pupils to consider career options, build team-work skills and solve mathematical problems


A little perspective

The outdoor experiences on offer at Millbank Academy are a vital part of life at this inner city school. Principal Alyson Russen discusses why their residential visits are so important and how they go about organising them


Rewild your pupils!

Outdoor education expert Chris Hupp explores the importance of rewilding students and bringing outdoor learning into the daily life of a school


Mapping a new primary curriculum

For the past year, Cornwall Learning has been working with pilot schools to create and test the new primary curriculum. Sally Griffin explains some of the lessons they have learnt and the principles they have used


A focus on mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a familiar term, but what does it really mean and does it have a place in our schools? Amanda Bailey discusses how mindfulness can help children in particular to grow and develop


Preparing for English and mathematics

We’ve left the basics until last. In the final article in our series on preparing for the new curriculum, Suzanne O’Connell focuses on the national curriculum for English and maths and the advice available for those gearing up for September 2014


SPONSORED ARTICLE: The boy in the corner?

Jonathan Ovenden discusses the challenges of raising achievement for white working class boys and suggests ways to work with those who are disaffected to reignite their enthusiasm for learning.

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