Teaching and Learning

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


Looking for the Olympic legacy

London 2012 has captured the imaginations of primary schools across the country, but what of the prospects for a legacy that will last well beyond the closing ceremony? Nick Bannister reports


Making the time to be creative

While many of us agree that a creative, broad education is crucial, the pressures of targets and SATs often interferes. Cathy Cross discusses the power of immersive learning, creativity, the role of basic technology, and how schools can make the time


Entrepreneurship in primary schools

Business and enterprise education can be particularly rewarding and effective at primary level. Former headteacher Brenda Bigland offers some advice based on the experiences of her former school


Ofsted offers guidance on literacy

Ofsted’s latest literacy report talks of too little improvement across England’s primary schools and has been published alongside hints of an increase in the key stage 2 target. Suzanne O’Connell reports


Let the games begin

With London 2012 just around the corner, Tom Donohoe tells us how his school is using the Olympics to inspire pupils and staff


The great outdoors

Tom Donohoe has been organising residential trips at his school for 20 years. He describes how they have evolved and offers some advice on making them an unforgettable experience


Connecting with the continent

The British Council offers a host of international education programmes for UK schools. Sarah Stead tells us about the projects her school has got involved with, and the benefits they have seen for both teachers and pupils


Unlocking literacy

It seems literacy is never far from the headlines. We look at the latest research from the National Literacy Trust and ask how schools can get more children reading for pleasure


Take teaching outside

Outdoor play and learning is regarded as more and more important for well-rounded, happy children. Here Elizabeth Hudson, from environmental charity BTCV, discusses the work they do and looks at ways primary schools can get involved


A chance to be creative with primary science?

In 2010 science was released. It lost its SATs status and schools got the chance to be creative. But have primary science teachers got the confidence and knowledge to make the most of it? Headteacher Update considers the dilemma for the third core subject


Reading the signals

The government recently unveiled proposals for a ‘reading MOT’. Former headteacher Ruth Miskin discusses techniques for improving literacy rates and examines how to prevent children slipping through the reading net

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