Professor Maurice Galton, from the University of Cambridge, examines the benefits of group work and its possible contribution to improving the current classroom climate

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

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

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

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

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

Headteacher Neil Berry explains how Brampton Manor in East London – described by Ofsted in December 1999 as having ‘serious weaknesses’ – was turned into the fully inclusive, successful school it is today

Is it possible to create a more ‘gender balanced’ learning environment? Natalie Griffiths explains how she investigated the effect of gender on learning in the D&T classroom and developed strategies to benefit pupils of both sexes

Raising Achievement Update looks at a book that describes practical ways of meeting the challenges of implementing circle time in secondary schools and why it can be so valuable

Dr Christine Fanthome outlines the multiple benefits of singing in a choir.

In a second extract from his book, psychologist Steve Killick describes two approaches to engaging young people in problem-solving conversations.

Young people discuss bullying, citizenship, fair trade and social responsibility. Friday 25th February 2005 – transcript.

In this article, Philip Drury underlines the numerous educational advantages of project work, and shows how negative points can be effectively circumvented

The STAR workshops were designed by performers Martha and Eve to bring out students’ creativity in music, drama and discussion

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