Extra curricular

Moving primary school lessons into the museum

A King’s College research project has investigated the learning, social and cultural outcomes when significant parts of primary education take place in museums and galleries. Headteacher Russell Dwyer, who took part in the research, explains


Literacy, oracy and language with Shakespeare

Robinsfield Primary School has been delivering Shakespeare to its five and six-year-old pupils with a specific focus on literacy, oracy and language. Headteacher Naomi Leaver explains how they approach this work



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


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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.


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

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