A culture of improvement: How changes to teachers’ working conditions influence student outcomes

David Weston, CEO, Teacher Development Trust, UK Bethan Hindley, Head of Leadership Delivery, Teacher Development Trust, UK Maria Cunningham, Regional Delivery Lead, Education Endowment Foundation, UK Multiple teams of researchers have made significant efforts to summarise the research on the process and content of teacher professional development. However, these reviews, due to their methodology, tend […]

‘I did it!’: Valuing resilience in the Early Years

Verity Downing, Early Years Practitioner and Doctoral researcher, UK Practicing resilience is an ongoing and ever-changing life project, yet, by the time students leave the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and progress to Key Stage 1, it is expected that they will be ‘confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance’ (Early […]

Approaches to decolonising and diversifying the curriculum: Secondary history

This case study is part of a series of short online learning courses on decolonising and diversifying the curriculum. Chartered College of Teaching members can access this learning for free. This is a case study from Module 4, ‘Approaches to decolonising and diversifying the curriculum’, of a series of 6 online courses. The module includes a […]

What makes the biggest difference to a child’s success in early learning?

Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ What makes the biggest difference to a child’s success in early learning?   What makes the biggest difference to a child’s success in early learning? This is a key question, especially now that we are in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis and children’s early education is being disrupted. It’s […]

Curriculum in the Early Years

Ofsted’s consultation about its new education inspection framework (2019), with its focus on the curriculum, is leading Early Years practitioners to wonder what a curriculum for the youngest children might look like. It is, perhaps, useful to begin the discussion by outlining some of the things that we do not yet know – despite ongoing […]

Remote support for creative home learning in the Early Years

What’s the idea? With an extended national lockdown, many children in the Early Years have been out of their provision for months. Remote support for young children’s development and learning is difficult to organise. Play is central to young children’s learning. Different aspects of the child’s development link together through play and first-hand experiences like […]

Encouraging creativity and independent remote learning through a non-digital offer

Remote online learning has arguably become the new norm in light of the current pandemic. However, how appropriate is this for children with special educational needs and siabilities (SEND) in the Early Years? This short article aims to offer alternative ways that educators can encourage learning at home without the use of IT.  Evidence suggests […]

Webinar: The home learning environment – multilingualism and child-wellbeing

In this third joint webinar between NALDIC and the Chartered College of Teaching, Dr Napoleon Katsos, reader at the University of Cambridge and Dr Lisa-Maria Muller, Education Research Manager at the Chartered College of Teaching, explored the links between multilingualism in the family and child well-being. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the role of children’s […]

Acknowledging kindness

A staple of every school that I have taught in is the staff farewell session on the final day. Last year was no different. As the speeches started rolling in, one theme emerged and that was the theme of kindness and acknowledgement. It was great to acknowledge our peers who helped us and learnt with […]

Assessment and feedback in an online context: Peer assessment

Moving from the classroom to online learning presents new challenges, including around assessment and feedback practices. Many of the principles of good feedback and assessment can still apply to the online environment, they just need to be reframed to fit this new context. Regardless of the setting, there are some key considerations around assessments that […]

Improving PowerPoint presentations

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Our working memory, which we use to temporarily store and manage information, has a small capacity and is really put to the test when we are taught new information. It’s worth bearing this in mind when creating and using PowerPoint presentations in your teaching. What does it mean? Some researchers suggest that there are three […]