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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Roger Smith considers tried and tested ways of improving teaching and learning and a few new ones

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Educational psychologist Alan McLean summarises his model for understanding how teachers can motivate their students

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A murder investigation, crisis in outer space and stick insects! Peter Leyland reports on a chemistry competition that really gets pupils thinking

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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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Primary headteacher David Dixon applauds many of the changes that the Key Stage 3 review heralds, arguing that many of them will bring about practices already embedded in the best primary schools

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Education writer and former head Gerald Haigh talks to Dr Keith Bothamley, deputy head (curriculum) at Horsforth School, and Richard Brown, principal of Minsthorpe Community College in Wakefield, about the new KS3 curriculum

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History can help young people to see the ‘big picture’ about enslavement, says E Kay Traille read more

Barry Griffiths summarises key points of an online debate about family relationships read more

Schools across the UK are being invited to participate in an exciting national campaign to help children develop their handwriting skills read more

Philip Adey, one of the original proponents of CASE (cognitive acceleration through science education), reviews developments in the approach and critically examines its use in schools read more

The idea that it is possible to raise attainment by teaching according to individual learners’ styles is a popular one, but is it grounded in strong research evidence? Elaine Hall reports read more

The curriculum review section of most direct interest to SENCOs concerns organising the curriculum. SENCO Update reports read more

Georghia Ellinas, Secondary National Strategy regional adviser, describes an initiative that allows pupils to enjoy a Shakespeare play in their own time and space

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Brian Rossiter, headteacher of Valley School, Worksop, North Nottinghamshire, offers his take on the KS3 curriculum review read more

Is the concept of personalised learning really all that new? Roger Smith investigates

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Many of your teachers will not be science specialists. Angela Youngman has been looking at innovative approaches to the teaching of science that help encourage children’s inquisitiveness read more

A recent conference considered how schools can put personalisation at the centre of their strategies for raising achievement

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Teacher and trainer Michelle McGrath argues that the emphasis on students as partners in their learning is a fundamental challenge to the current model of teaching and will require significant shifts in attitudes at all levels in schools

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We look at two examples from a booklet produced by the West Midlands Regional G&T partnership describing the experiences of 16 ‘test bed’ schools as they have engaged with the IQS and taken a lead in their implementation read more

Students in St Margaret’s High School in Liverpool have designed and successfully marketed a computer game. David Dennison and Les Hankin report on a striking demonstration on economic wellbeing as a diver of school activity read more

What are the right conditions for teacher learning? Teachers need a working space where they have freedom to think, innovate and learn, say David Leat and Kate Wall read more

Barry Mapp introduces the capabilities of Mind Mapping and explains some of the features that make it unique read more

Christine Fanthome outlines practical strategies for students to aid examination success read more

Looking after other people’s children is responsible work, says Sue Dale Tunnicliffe read more

The contribution of students as researchers (STARS) to students’ learning and to school development can have numerous benefits. David Lucas and Dr Margaret Wood recount their experience at Deptford Green secondary school

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An outline of the content of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and what schools need to consider when deciding to apply to deliver the curriculum it offers. By Tristian Stobie

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The relationship of teachers in the workplace is an under-researched area. Educational psychologist Kairen Cullen discusses her study read more

Diversity and Citizenship in the Curriculum: Research Review is a recent DfES research briefing that looks at the way in which citizenship and diversity is taught across the curriculum. read more

Evidence is emerging in Scotland that links secondary school pupils’ progress and emotional intelligence to the use of philosophical enquiry as a learning approach in primary schools. 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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Planning for teacher learning has to be a key priority, says David Leat. read more

Staff soon discovered that it was more than just a ‘learning to learn’ scheme. Liz Solomon describes the challenges and insights gained from trialling Thinking Through School. read more

In this month’s in-depth focus Anne De A’Echevarria talks about the Thinking Through School approach to learning-focused innovation. She describes the model and, using examples, explores successful implementation in schools and how the impact can be seen to be more than school-wide

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

A long-term, focused relationship with parents can pay dividends, says John Welham. read more

The 2020 Vision report calls for personalised learning to be designed to reduce the ‘persistent and unacceptable gaps in average attainment between different groups of pupils’. read more

Schools need to unpack ‘enterprise’ and ‘entrepreneurship’, say Jacek Brant and Alastair Falk read more

Mike Rathbone reports on developments to make every child’s music matter read more

Daniel Raven-Ellison shows how geographical thinking makes sense of the world

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Julia Frankl argues that studying the abolition of slavery and human rights challenges modern day discrimination

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Emotional Literacy Update takes a look at the learning aims that the secondary curriculum review hopes to put at the centre of the KS3 and KS4 curriculum from autumn 2008. read more

Howard Gardner will forever be associated with his theory of multiple intelligences. Charles Dietz discovers that the Hobbs professor in cognition and education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education has a lot more to say on the nature of giftedness. read more

In his continuing series on gifted thinkers, Charles Dietz looks at the work of Robert Sternberg and how he has influenced the teaching of gifted pupils read more

Heather Osborne describes how PSHE and performing arts can be used to promote peace education. read more

Celine West shows how head spanners and glass eyes can be used to unpack prejudice. read more

Charles Dietz examines the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and its implications

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Charles Dietz examines the work of Guy Claxton, professor of education at Bristol University and fellow of the British Psychological Society. read more

In this article, Christopher Williams unpacks recent DfES guidance on student involvement. read more

Neil Hawkes outlines a values-based approach to school improvement

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