Jan White provides a range of practical ideas for creating enabling outdoor environments that support young children’s health, wellbeing, development and learning

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Ensuring that all pupils can read by the time that they leave primary school is a priority for headteachers across the country. Ben Barton looks at how new technology might make this easier read more

Many schools are happy to leave assessment of health and safety on work experience placements to outside agencies, but does this allow them to properly exercise their duty of care? Ruth Bradbury examines the problems and provides practical advice on how schools can play a more active role in the process read more

The contribution of support staff to student achievement must be recognised and promoted, says Paul Ainsworth read more

Lesson study is a form of classroom enquiry from the Far East that focuses on improving an aspect of teaching and learning through collaborative long-term study. Pete Dudley describes its background and how it has been adapted for use in England

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What are the legal restrictions on how we should teach religious studies in school?

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Early Years Update focuses on development and learning as part of a range of practical ideas to underpin the information in the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles into Practice cards

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Jan White, consultant in outdoor play in the early years, looks at implications of the EYFS for the development of outdoor environments for young children

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Julie Leoni, emotional literacy coordinator at the Marches School in Shropshire, reflects on the need for teachers to take risks if they are to encourage creative risk-taking in their students

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Collaborative work can have an energising effect across the curriculum. Jo Counsell describes a collaborative project that used dance to enhance literacy learning read more

Teachers are being encouraged to use evidence to improve their practice. David Leat looks at three forms of evidence-informed professional enquiry – tinkering, action research and design research read more

Kate Wall and Elaine Hall explore some of the commonalities and difficulties with concepts associated with learning to learn read more

Miraz Triggs found that random name generation as a way of choosing who would answer questions focused students’ attention and led to a higher level of participation

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Helen Wheeler describes how the PEAL training programme helped practitioners to develop parents’ involvement in their children’s learning read more

David Allen and Iona Towler-Evans look at an innovative system of teaching thinking skills through drama

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AfL strategies can be invaluable in providing feedback for pupils and developing insight into G&T learners’ individual needs. Clare Smale provides some practical tips for teachers read more

Key stage 2 lesson plans for exploring the Beijing Olympics to meet learning objectives in geography and citizenship, particularly for gifed and talented pupils, provided by Caroline Coxon

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The happiness programme at Wellington College in Berkshire is described by Anthony Seldon, the master, Ian Morris, head of philosophy, and two Year 12 students

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Antidote’s development director Marilyn Tew describes how schools can encourage learning by promoting ‘CLASI-ness’ – where children feel capable, listened to, accepted, safe and included

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Storyteller Taffy Thomas provides games and activities to stimulate children’s and younger people’s capacity to tell stories

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Angela Youngman turns her attention to religious education, potentially the most difficult and divisive of subjects to teach creatively and sensitively

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Steve Mynard, editor of Primary Headship, considers the practicalities of helping young children to develop higher-order questioning skills read more

Peter Leyland describes how he used TASC to teach his Year 6 class about measuring time read more

David Storrie describes a course on learning outside the classroom that has allowed teachers to critically examine their school grounds

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Ann Briggs, professor of educational leadership at Newcastle University, examines the issues surrounding the current policy drive towards creating ‘partnerships’ read more

David Leat considers a recent study comparing nine countries which shows that policy on teaching and curriculum tends to swing between centralisation and decentralisation

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Eamonn Farrar, chief executive and former head of Hurworth Comprehensive School in Darlington describes how he developed unique systems of mentoring to transform a low-performing school into one of today’s top performers read more

Blake Technology College has gone from ‘challenging circumstances’ to achieving the NACE Challenge Award for G&T education. Lesley Griggs describes the improvements to teaching and learning and the approach to G&T provision in the school which led to this success read more

Guy Claxton invites debate on his eight character strengths and virtues for the learning age

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Boxercise classes and boxing clubs in schools can be used to improve fitness and behaviour, as well as tackle bullying and racism says Rob Bowden

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In 1992 South Africa was allowed back into world sport. The reborn sporting nation has had remarkable national team success and has hosted major sports events – but is it being matched by integration? Chris Green reports

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Lisa Symonds looks at the benefits that skiing can offer schools and provides some tips on arranging a school skiing trip read more

This week’s poll asks a question about Overseas Qualified Teachers. Lynne Smith asks fellow Tex readers to have compassion for these teachers, who can find it difficult to get information about teaching in the UK read more

Video conferencing is becoming an invaluable tool for many schools, says Angela Youngman read more

Angela Youngman has found some exciting new approaches to the teaching of maths read more

Having found himself in a governors’ free-for-all on the subject of homework, Roger Smith describes that experience and shares his own thoughts and that of researchers on the subject read more

Early Years Update looks at the principles, process and purpose of assessment in the early years

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Elizabeth Jarman looks at the impact of the physical learning environment on young children’s speaking and listening skills read more

Fighting this new form of bullying isn’t just a technical problem, says Dr Denise Carter. We need to educate children to anticipate risks and become emotionally resilient

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We tend to take questioning skills for granted; they certainly seem to develop quite readily in young children. Steve Mynard, editor of Primary Headship, explores the reasons why we might choose to guide our children towards higher-level questioning skills read more

Michael Fielding, professor at London’s Institute of Education, argues that we need to think a lot harder about what we mean by personalised learning if current developments are to engage people actively in their learning

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What if we all looked the same? This was just one of the topics used to get pupils thinking at a competitive event organised by Luton LEA and attended by Peter Leyland read more

John Senior highlights the importance of helping learners to have fun with numbers and develop positive attitudes towards mathematics read more

Providing an extended schools service with a community learning centre brought about unexpected synergies for Mitchell High School. Shaun Morgan describes the changes read more

Mandi Horwood describes how a project to investigate how students saw their learning and how they can have a say in it revealed the vital contribution that they have to make read more

In this numeracy lesson plan Paul Ainsworth describes how learning about probability can provide excellent opportunities for speaking and listening and incorporate plenty of challenge for the most able

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It can be daunting and isolating for children with few English language skills to start a new school. Education writer Dorothy Lepkowska reports on a new programme designed to help them achieve their potential

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Jo Smith provides some practical tips on how to develop questioning skills as a tool for promoting participation and learning read more

How can we get primary-aged children to give us feedback about their classroom experiences? Iwona Glowacz used the prospect of getting published as a way of collecting pupils’ thoughts read more

These classroom activities can help develop grammar skills, particularly syntax and morphology

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