Teaching and Learning

Booktime – Page-turning learning

As pastimes go, reading has to compete hard for children’s attention these days, but research suggests that the gift of a book still has the power to excite. Harriet Weaving explains


Engaging boys with and through dance

Dance can be a powerful medium to engage pupils, especially boys. Experienced dance teacher Louise Wilkie explains why and offers some practical advice and ideas


What has happened to sustainability?

The sustainable schools agenda used to be a key element of government policy, but now it is up to schools to decide how they approach the issue. Nick Bannister talked to one head about how and why his school continues prioritise environmental issues


Singing from the same music sheet?

Are schools tuned-in to the range of support that is now available for music education? Mark Burke reminds schools of what the new National Music Hubs have to offer...


Helping you deliver RE

Many primary teachers feel apprehensive when teaching RE. Sarah Smalley looks at a range of useful resources and websites


Primary curriculum – the debate continues

It seems everyone has an opinion about the draft primary school curriculum. The consultation has now closed and as we await the final document, Suzanne O’Connell listens to what has been said so far


Techniques to get your boys reading

Boys’ underachievement in reading is a perennial problem for our schools and teachers. The NFER’s Liz Twist and Rebecca Clarkson examine recent test results and look at what the evidence tells us about the kind of literacy activities which boys – and gir


Primary pupils Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead is a pupil leadership project originally developed by two teachers in Somerset. Now in more than 100 schools, both secondary and primary, Sir Tim Brighouse recently visited participating primaries to find out more. Chairman of the scheme,


Innovations in primary language teaching

An imminent best practice case study publication is to bring together a range of innovative languages projects being pioneered by Teaching School Alliances. Therese Comfort and Eva Oliver look at some examples


Closing the maths gap from year 1

Primary schools are invited to apply for funded places on Mathematics Mastery, a programme which helps schools to foster a deeper understanding of maths among pupils. Sara Castledine explains



Embedding Comic Relief across the curriculum

With Comic Relief approaching, headteacher Emma Higgins explains why and how her school makes charity fundraising an integral part of the school year and how it can tie in to the curriculum


Creating a friendly school library

Finalist in the School Librarian of the Year 2012, Gill Trueman offers her advice on how we can create friendly and inspiring library environments




Lessons in railway safety

Trains are popular with children – making rail safety education all the more vital. Mark Shaoul introduces some new resources to help primary schools in this area


Language barriers

A new study focusing on global language learning finds that English-speaking education often provides less resource and encouragement for languages. Teresa Tinley and Therese Comfort consider the challenges common to successful primary language teaching


The grammar test

Suzanne O’Connell takes a look at the new grammar, punctuation and spelling test and some of the criticism it has received


Teaching effective, high quality sport

How can school leaders support their teachers to lead PE effectively and to ensure that their pupils experience high quality PE? Headteacher Tom Donohoe offers his strategies and advice


Curriculum innovation

Getting creative with your school's curriculum need not be a risky enterprise. Nick Bannister speaks to headteachers and experts about how to develop an innovative curriculum that focuses on both knowledge and skills


Education in Wonderland

A frustrated Sir Tim Brighouse calls for the powers that be to recognise the importance of effective CPD


An engaging science experience

Headteacher Roy McClelland discusses his school’s involvement with the Rolls-Royce Science Prize and how he has used it to teach his pupils key technology and problem-solving skills


Heroes Day

The second annual Heroes Day will see pupils dressing up as the person who most inspires them and raising money for charity while they do it. Primary school teacher and founder Danny Glavin urges you to get involved


Lights, camera, action!

Longhill Primary School has introduced television production to help teach speaking and listening skills. Mike Russell explains


Supporting science

The National STEM Centre offers a wealth of CPD support and free resources for primary science teachers and co-ordinators. Yvonne Baker explains

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