Trevor Millum outlines a truly novel way to get pupils to enjoy manipulating and using words read more

Sara Wernham looks at the Renewed Primary Framework for Literacy and discovers how it will affect teachers read more

Crispin Andrews looks at the increasing emphasis on topic-based learning and offers some ideas to teach science through the topic of birds

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Mary James, the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) deputy director, describes the most important messages that have arisen out of this national multi-faceted exploration of teaching and learning practice

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Jo McShane used to think that pedagogy was just a stuffy academic way of saying ‘teaching’, but after attending a conference on the subject she finds that it means a great deal more

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A school’s approach to internal disputes is a test of its commitment to justice, equity and peace. Jeremy Cunningham shows how schools can ensure ‘just’ disciplinary procedures, which are compatible with Human Rights Act, ECM and the Healthy Schools Standard, and can be applied across the school

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Some people find it easier to work with steady, gentle background sound rather than absolute silence, writes Mark McKergow

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Listening to what students themselves have to say about their education is an important part of high-quality G&T provision. Year 8 pupil, Beth Hancox outlines her thoughts on the qualities of a good teacher for gifted and talented students

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Mark McKergow suggests ways of using music to stimulate creativity in your pupils read more

Gerald Haigh concludes his series on primary assemblies by giving some tips on preparation, along with some advice on how to deliver an unplanned assembly

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Mark McKergow describes how music can be used at the end of your lessons, as a soundtrack for your students to review their learning read more

Mike Munro Turner summarises the STOP technique for time management read more

Lesley Hendy examines how you can look after your voice when teaching outside and also gives some tips on reading aloud

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Gerald Haigh begins a three-part series on primary assemblies by looking at values

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Gerald Haigh continues his three-part series on primary assemblies by looking at the role of the assembly leader

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Pupil discipline provisions enshrined in the Education and Inspections Act 2006 came into force in April 2007. Solicitor Dai Durbridge interprets what these measures will mean for work in schools

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The relationship between teachers and teaching assistants is a changing one. Angela Youngman investigates and offers guidance to ensure effectiveness

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The EPPI website is an excellent resource for informing your decision making, says David Leat. read more

‘Personalised learning’ has been appearing with increasing frequency in policy documents and in discussion about teaching and learning for the last few years. But what is truly meant by ‘personalised learning’?

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How can G&T specialists support NQTs, and how can NQTs prepare themselves? Hilary Lowe of Oxford Brookes University looks at some of the key issues read more

Sue Roffey describes her way of thinking about how to relate more deeply with students in the classroom

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In his introduction to a new column, Dr Graham Haydon focuses on choice and discusses how the decisions we make influence our everyday life. read more

David Watkins argues that homophobia is something we should talk about and offers practical advice for creating LGBT-inclusive schools.

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Andrew Chambers tackles young people’s binge drinking through a new resource. read more

We are constantly trying to drive up standards of teaching and learning with new approaches, preferably those with a strong evidence base. But is ‘What Works?’ the right question? Should we really be asking ‘How do good teachers get better?’ Elaine Hall reflects on the messages from a meta-analysis of teaching and learning interventions

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

Secondary drama teacher Julie Leoni writes about how she teaches through the darkest days of winter read more

In an edited excerpt from his new book, clinical psychologist Steve Killick writes about the importance of listening to young people. read more

For Alison Kitson, embarking on a MA meant taking a solitary path, but things have changed since then. She explains the new attitude to one of the most highly regarded forms of CPD

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How can you handle children’s surprise at a new classmate’s disfigurement in a way that is positive for everybody? Jane Frances of Changing Faces offers some practical ideas. read more

In the first episode of her diary, drama teacher Julie Leoni writes about reconciling her emotional literacy programme with the school’s focus on targets and achievement. read more

Carole Farrar continues her series on communication with parents. read more

Lev S. Vygotsky is the subject of Steve Mynard’s article on the psychology of child development

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Patricia Lee explains how we can help children to acquire ‘pitch’

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Carole Farrar continues her series by looking at ways to make the most of personal contact with your parents. read more

Programme director Claire Finka writes about how the Sheffield-based Juniper programme helps children find a way to cope with stress. read more

Sarah Treneer and Claire Kendall describe how they developed a technique for encouraging children to reflect on their own and others’ learning through the use of peer feedback.

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Steve Mynard opens a series of articles on educational thinkers who have influenced our approaches to early education. read more

Patricia Lee continues her exploration of music for young children. read more

Jane West looks at some misconceptions about giftedness and how to dispel them. read more

Geography can reward the inquisitiveness of young children, says Steve Mynard

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Extending vocabulary when talking or listening to children is a good way to develop their emotional language. Margaret Collins describes two ways of doing this. read more

Outdoor learning through nature can be very enriching for pupils. Angela Youngman discusses this broad and creative approach to learning

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We all know that learning to read is a very important step for any child to make, but how can we be sure that we are offering children the best introduction to this skill. Roger Hurn unpicks some of the issues currently under debate. read more

Nick Smurthwaite investigates current developments in radio for young children. read more

Margo Turnbull explores the development of children’s communication skills, by focusing on the role of the practitioner. read more

Teaching Expertise is delighted to announce our sponsorship of a teacher’s expedition to Antarctica, exploring how humans cope with extremes. read more

Steve Mynard explores a process to enrich your children’s language and literacy experiences. read more

Steve Mynard looks at the place of drama in your setting and how existing practice can be enhanced. read more

Assessment is dependent upon our observations of the children. Anne O’Brien, an experienced teacher and headteacher of young children, explores how we can use the observations we have made to inform the next stage of our planning.

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