Pedagogy and possibility thinking

Cremin T, Burnard P, Craft A (2006) Pedagogy and possibility thinking in the early years. International Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity 1(2): 108–119. Introduction  It is important that children and young adults learn how to think creatively and innovatively. But what does creative thinking look like and how do you teach it? This exploratory […]

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 […]

How our school developed a stretch and challenge mindset in the Early Years

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Learning something new is a challenging process; it requires the learner to take risks, make mistakes, often fail before succeeding and requires persistence and empathy.  In an attempt to move towards a more learning centred system, where mistakes are celebrated and learnt from and challenge is the norm, we began to develop “growing our brains” […]

Dialogic and shared reading for young children to support language and literacy

Reading with young children is an important activity to support early language and literacy, and how we share books with children can magnify its impact. During shared reading, adults and children talk about and around the book, rather than focus just on the text. The adult encourages children to play an active, rather than passive […]

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 […]

Remote support for children with SEND in the Early Years

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What’s the idea? Remote online learning has become the new norm in light of the pandemic. But how appropriate is this for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the Early Years? This guide offers alternative ways in which educators can encourage learning at home without the use of IT. What does the […]

Children’s agency and the curriculum

Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Children’s agency and the curriculum   The curriculum is a vital part of education because it has such an important influence on what learners experience in classrooms during the school day. Research on curriculum aims, knowledge and control have been, and continue to be, central to what are known as […]

Migrant Children with Special Educational Needs – emerging findings from a recent review and their implications for educational practice

Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Migrant children with special educational needs This article was first published as part of a global conversation about the future of teaching. Migrant children, defined as children born in another country than the one they live in, currently constitute around four percent of the under-15 population in Europe (Janta and […]

Purpose and leadership in education and beyond

Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging leaders to step up like never before. Senior leaders of government, healthcare, schools and business are in the spotlight – but the need for leadership does not stop with them. People everywhere can accept the challenge of leadership, the challenge to step up in their community, workplace […]

Testing and spacing: Effective learning strategies for the classroom

Online Learning ¬∑ Testing and spacing: effective learning strategies for the classroom   Educational practices inspired and supported by cognitive science are increasing in popularity. This can be seen in the worldwide increase in both academic (e.g. Roediger and Karpicke, 2018) and practice-oriented publications (e.g. Surma et al., 2019). Apropos these developments, we highlight two […]

Poverty in education across the UK: A comparative analysis of policy and place

This is an abridged version of the introduction to Poverty in Education Across the UK, edited by the authors. Permission to publish this extract is granted by the publisher.   Online Learning ¬∑ Poverty in education across the UK: a comparative analysis of policy and place   Poverty and place matter to children’s education (Lupton, […]

Developing teachers’ confidence in enhanced e-learning at an all-through school

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Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Developing teachers’ confidence in enhanced e-learning at an all-through school   Recent times have prompted profound change in education, specifically due to school closures and the migration to e-learning. This paper discusses the need to ascertain staff confidence in e-learning before discussing how e-learning provision may be enhanced. The majority […]

Parental support and access for home-based elearning

Education has faced profound and rapid change during the COVID-19 pandemic, with large-scale reactive measures introduced to ensure continuity of learning. While some schools have established integrated infrastructures whereby each student is expected to have, or is provided with a personal mobile device, the majority have relied on students utilising readily available home devices. Device […]

Connecting schools to learning in, through and for the community

Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Connecting schools to learning in, through and for the community   The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant shutdown of schools for most pupils has put an enormous strain on teachers and parents, as they have scrambled to offer an alternative model of schooling, primarily at home. In response to these challenges, […]

Supporting students to become self-regulated learners: Teaching metacognition matters

Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Supporting students to become self-regulated learners: teaching metacognition matters   One of the authors of this article, Paul A Kirschner, featured in a webinar about ‘How Learning Happens’. We recorded the video for you to watch back. When a teacher announces the deadline for an upcoming test, students are instantly […]

Can exam grades be accurate?

‘Assessments should be accurate for 90% of students plus or minus one grade’ At a hearing of the Education Select Committee enquiring into summer 2020’s grading fiasco, Ofqual’s Executive Director of Strategy, Risk and Research stated that: ‘There is a benchmark that is used in assessment evidence that any assessment should be accurate for 90% […]

Continuous professional development and career progression in mid-career teachers

Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Continuous professional development and career progression in mid-career teachers   Recent data suggests that even though there are some early signs of progress, teacher recruitment and retention are likely to remain an issue over the next few years. While teacher retention improved slightly in 2018/19, recruitment for the secondary sector […]

Connecting the curriculum to nature can deepen learning

In recent times, nature has become the focus of many people’s attention, not least of our young people. The climate crisis and destruction of the planet due to human activity is, regrettably, familiar headline news. At the same time, particularly because of the lockdowns, we have become increasingly appreciative of the solace, reassurance, beauty and […]

Lessons from lockdown: Releasing future possibilities for teacher professionalism

Here and now Over the past 12 months, words like ‘lockdown’, ‘pandemic’ and ‘coronavirus’ have entered daily usage and we are now all too familiar with exponential curves tracing out the misery of lives and livelihoods endangered and tragically lost. It’s a similar story in most other countries around the world. It sometimes feels as […]