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Teaching Philosophy Statements: What are they and how do I write one?

Lewis A Baker, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK Introduction The purpose of this article is to justify the engagement in developing a teaching philosophy statement and to scaffold the writing process. For those already familiar with such documents, this article will argue for the value of revisiting a teaching philosophy […]

Using the SAFMEDS strategy to support arithmetic skills in Wales: Advancements in applications and understanding since COVID-19

Hayley James, School of Educational Sciences, Bangor University, UK Background It has been over three years since school-age students across the world were forced to access lessons remotely or through blended learning approaches due to the coronavirus pandemic (United Nations, 2020). Evidence suggests that adapting to this way of working may have had sub-optimal effects […]

Conducting inclusive research

In order for educational research to understand and represent a diverse range of experiences from different groups, it is important that educational research practices are inclusionary. Inclusion is an important consideration at every stage of the research process (research design, data collection, analysis and reporting) to ensure that the voices of underrepresented groups in particular […]

The challenge of teaching and learning angles: A pedagogic intervention

Introduction Promoting pupils’ conceptual learning is one overarching goal that teachers might have in order to help pupils understand mathematics in a way that goes beyond just following a technique to reach an answer. The objective to support pupils’ conceptual mathematics learning can be accomplished through evidence-based practice where teachers learn with and from each […]

The evaluation of information by sixth-formers: A study in decision-making processes

Introduction The evaluation of information is a key skill associated with modern independent learning. Indeed, it is fundamental to Callison’s (2014, p. 23) principle, distilled from the literature, that ‘analysis skills must dominate student use of the internet’, in particular. Even in the age when most information materials took paper form, source appraisal was invariably […]

Getting your ducks in a row: The necessary steps in securing one school’s journey of improvement

JON BISHOP, HEADTEACHER, ROBERT BAKEWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL, UK MARK HIBBERT, DEPUTY HEADTEACHER, ROBERT BAKEWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL, UK KATIE DIXON, PHASE LEADER, ROBERT BAKEWELL PRIMARY SCHOOL, UK Following  a research-backed process of school improvement over several years at Robert Bakewell Primary School, we felt it timely to share our approach: our hurdles, challenges and successes. Throughout […]

A pedagogy of professional noticing and co-inquiry: Embedding drama for oracy across the primary curriculum

LISA STEPHENSON AND RACHEL LOFTHOUSE, CARNEGIE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, LEEDS BECKETT UNIVERSITY, UK Introduction Oral language skills underpin children’s educational success and enhance positive cognitive, social, emotional and life outcomes. However, significant numbers of children struggle to develop competence in speaking and listening, especially children from areas of high economic deprivation (Dobinson and Dockrell, 2021). […]

Enabling students to feel a sense of belonging and connection through an inclusive curriculum

Sophie Smith-Tong, Teacher and Founder, Mindfulness for Learning, UK  At the heart of creating an innovative and effective curriculum is enabling students to feel a sense of belonging and connection. American Psychologist Louis Cozolino states that ‘Children learn best when they feel protected and connected’ (2013, p. 241), so how can educators ensure that children […]

Building adaptive expertise to improve outcomes for learners with SEND

SOPHIE DICKIN AND AMELIE THOMPSON, GIPSY HILL FEDERATION, UK Introduction  The proportion of pupils identified as having a special educational need or disability (SEND) has risen from 14.9 per cent in 2019 to 16.6 per cent in 2022 (DfE, 2019, 2022). There is an increased demand for special school places without a corresponding increase in […]

We have a voice! Developing oracy across the geography curriculum

GEORGE DAVIES-CRAINE, SUBJECT LEADER FOR GEOGRAPHY AND DIGITAL LEARNING LEAD, DR CHALLONER’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, UK Introduction Oracy is a vital aspect of a student’s education and way of learning, covering all verbal communication skills from presenting and questioning to storytelling, negotiating and listening. Teaching students effective oracy, ensuring that they are able to articulate themselves […]

Supporting early career teachers through an evidence-based coaching programme

Beng Huat See, Durham University Evidence Centre for Education, UK Leslie Blanchard, Leadership Development Institute, Louisiana State University, USA Kulwinder Maude, Durham University Evidence Centre for Education, UK David Kryštof, Institute of Lifelong Learning, Mendel University, Czech Republic Christine Callender, University College London, IOE, UK Samantha Wilkes, Leeds Trinity University, UK Introduction One of the […]

Trauma-informed schools: A case study

This case study is part of a bitesize CPD learning unit on trauma. In this audio clip, we hear from Jules Sanders and Megan Hornsby from School for Inspiring Talents. They discuss how they meet the needs of students who have experienced trauma in their specialist setting. Further reading Burke Harris N (2014) How childhood […]

Developing mathematical graphics in the Early Years

Young children’s graphical representations are as valuable to mathematical learning as their early mark-making is to their writing development (Carruthers and Worthington, 2011). They support deep-level learning and provide an important foundation for the future. In this article, we explore the development of children’s mathematical graphics in the Early Years, how this can be supported […]

A whole-school approach to managing anxiety in children and young people

Introduction Before we were out of the woods with the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew that additional support would be needed for the pastoral care, mental health and wellbeing of the children we teach. A whole school approach was needed to triage children and identify their needs, putting support in place at different levels, depending on […]

Decolonising and diversifying the Early Years curriculum

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Chandrika Devarakonda, Associate Professor of Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Education and Children’s Services, University of Chester   In this video, Chandrika Devarakonda discusses approaches to decolonising and diversifying the curriculum in early childhood education, including: the actions practitioners can take to decolonise and diversify their practice how we can move beyond tokenism the barriers […]

Engaging parents in play

Polly Crowther, Co-Founder, Early Insights, ELE, East London Research School, UK What parents do at home makes a huge difference to children’s progress (EEF, 2021). We know that play is a powerful way for young children to learn, and we know that sometimes parents find play difficult (Gutman and Feinstein, 2008). Research into the barriers […]

Early Years leadership: Creating the enabling conditions for effective professional development

Rebecca Curtis, (Associate Dean, Learning Design) and Helena Moore, (Dean, Learning Design) Ambition Institute The important role that professional development and training can play in raising quality in Early Years provision is well reported (Callanan, 2017; Kalitowski, 2016; Mathers and Smees, 2014, OECD, 2012), just as it is for teaching quality (Fletcher-Wood and Zuccollo, 2020; […]

In it for the long haul: Building trusting relationships with parents

Jean Gross, independent consultant and author, UK  Nicola Noble, co-headteacher, Surrey Square Primary School, UK; Trustee, Magic Breakfast, UK Liz Robinson, Co-Director, Big Education, UK; Trustee, National Literacy Trust, UK A large body of research (Castro et al., 2015) has found substantial associations between students’ attainment and the extent of their parents’ engagement with their […]