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5 Quick-hit tips on lesson planning!

26th Sep 2016

  I remember that day, 21 years ago, when I walked into my first ever departmental meeting on my first ever inset training day. As an NQT, I had everything in place – a plethora of great lessons hoarded from teaching placements and from other NQTs, and a scheme of work that I had borrowed […]


Using gamification to promote boys’ enjoyment of English

19th Jun 2015

When travelling the length and breadth of the UK to deliver courses for Creative Education I always introduce the concept of gamification as a means of raising attainment by increased pupil engagement in English. It is a topic that I find really inspires delegates not least because this “cutting edge” technique is something teachers have […]


Using Distancing Techniques in PSHE

12th Jun 2015

Teaching some of the topics in the PSHE curriculum can be tricky, even awkward and, not to put too fine a point on it, just plain embarrassing. Some experienced teachers can handle it all without any problem. But what about those who find it more of a challenge? And more importantly, what about the pupils? […]


Mathematics in (or out of) context?

8th Jun 2015

Despite years of research and numerous studies about transferability of skills the teaching and learning of mathematics continues to be a problem. Students are still all too frequently unable to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills outside the confines of the mathematics classroom. Many of them simply do not recognise external situations where a mathematical […]


Five Ideas for Promoting Body Confidence and Self-Esteem in your Pupils

11th Jan 2015

This post was first published in UKEdChat Magazine and is reproduced here with kind permission. As educators, we’re all aware that it’s not enough simply to fill our pupils with knowledge and hope for the best. In order for them to enjoy and achieve both within and beyond school, they need both healthy self-esteem and […]


8 Ideas for Outdoor Learning

4th Jun 2014

We’ve talked in the past about the benefits of taking learning outside the classroom. Today we’re going to share some specific ideas with you. We hope they give you some inspiration for outdoor learning in the weeks ahead. 1. Go on a nature colour hunt Ask pupils to search for items of certain colours – […]


How To Make Team Teaching Work

21st May 2014

Team teaching is one of those terms that you hear bandied around from time to time, but if you’ve not tried it then it can be hard to know quite why to bother and, if you do, how to make it an effective way of leading learning.  There are various different models of team teaching, […]


8 Ideas for Teaching Outstanding Lessons in the Primary School

8th May 2014

We’ve all got different ideas about exactly how to develop and deliver an outstanding lesson.  The ideas we’ve outlined below are relatively straightforward and simple to apply and can act as a checklist when you’re lesson planning.  If you have ideas to add, please leave a comment.  1. Be Passionate and Interested If you’ve lost […]


Guest Post: Back to School – How to Motivate Your Class After the Summer Break

11th Oct 2012

After a summer full of free time – most of which kids will have spent sleeping, lazing around and playing – it’s no wonder that many pupils find the return to school a difficult adjustment. The school routine of the previous year is a distant memory, and this can make coming back into a learning […]


5 Ideas to Jazz Up a Premade Lesson Plan

8th Mar 2012

As teachers, we live to be creative and find new and better ways to help children learn. But equally, as teachers, we have an immense workload and it can be really difficult to make all the hours add up in the day. Many of us turn to premade TES lesson plans as a way of squaring […]


Innovation in Your Lessons – There is No Middle Ground

21st Feb 2012

I was struck yesterday when I read this post by Seth Godin In Search of a Timid Trapeeze Artist (you can read it, it’s very short!) What he says is generally true of all organisations – and of schools too. Innovation in teaching isn’t really something you can dabble in, it’s a lifestyle choice. A choice […]


18 Great iPad Apps for Primary Literacy

6th Feb 2012

From initial charges that ‘it;s just an overgrown iPhone’ the iPad is now part of many teachers’ and schools’ essential kit. But it’s fair to say that while Apple has created a beautiful, robust and powerful piece of kit finding the best apps on the App Store can be a challenging experience. So I asked […]


What Makes an Excellent Teacher

9th Dec 2011

So after a long search, Sir Michael Wilshaw is grasping education’s poisoned chalice and taking the role of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools. And his opening salvo has already begun. Following the lead of the government white paper it’s not just ‘coasting schools’ that are a target, but ‘coasting teachers’ too. Personally, I dislike […]


Using Drama to Liven Up Your Lessons

30th Nov 2011

Why use Drama in Lessons? Drama isn’t just a subject, it’s a very powerful technique for adding interest and engagement to your lessons. But it’s often also one that some teachers steer slear of with the challenges of organising it and the potential for disruption. So I delved into our course archives and adapted this […]


How to Rediscover Your Love For Teaching

16th Nov 2011

A worrying amount of NQTs never make it through the first few years of teaching. Even those of us that do make it through, with the nights drawing in and the pressure and marking piling up it’s natural to think “Why am I doing this?!” If you’ve lost your passion for teaching, if one government […]


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