As we start the summer term, don’t forget how the teaching and learning atmosphere, environment and temperature can be influential on the behaviour of your pupils… and yourself. This week we provide some practical tips to help minimise summertime disruption

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This SENCO Week provides pointers to help you finish off the school year in good shape and consider some forward planning for next term

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This ebulletin describes a practical strategy for involving pupils in a behaviour management process, which takes account different teaching and learning styles

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This free gifted and talented resource provides advice on how to recognise signs of high ability when teaching gifted and talented children

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A number of free enrichment activities for KS1 and KS2 from the world of science, designed to stimulate creative thinking and inquisitive learning, are available to download in this free gifted and talented resource from G&T Update

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This resource explains the relation between the application of a wide range of teaching strategies and effective learning in the classroom

This week’s Behaviour Matters is aimed primarily at teachers and support staff who are working with younger children, and provides advice on dealing with a pupil who tries to leave school grounds without permission

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How can eradicating detention lead to a decrease in challenging behaviour? Geraldine Rowe describes how her discovery of choice theory caused her to rethink her approach to discipline

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Improving pupils’ leadership skills can have a positive impact on many areas of school life and PESS provides a key opportunity to develop, hone and improves them, explains Jill Wyatt

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After a long standing struggle between learner-centred and standards-led aims for primary education, two papers for the Primary Review note the emergence of a hybrid read more

Children’s views on bullying are discussed in a new report, which sends a clear message that adults must be careful not to ignore or inadvertently encourage bullying

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How would you feel about a student critiquing your teaching style and lesson plans? Involving students in the teaching and learning process can promote agendas relating to student voice, believes Trevor Brittain

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Developing a common understanding of pedagogy is intrinsic to ensuring continuity and progression along all stages of an individual’s learning journey, advises a recent DCSF booklet

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Thinking skills can never be crossed off a teachers ‘to do’ list, argues David Leat. Here he challenges some emerging dogmas about objectives and lesson planning

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How can neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) be used to support teaching and learning? Richard Churches, principal consultant for National Programmes at CfBT Education Trust and a doctoral researcher in the School Management of Surrey University, explores

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David Leat examines the nature of ‘facts’ and considers why it is important that teachers and pupils really understand what a ‘fact’ is

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With increasing pressure to deliver personalised learning, John Blanchard offers strategies for putting it into practice where it counts: the classroom

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In early years especially, boys should not be forced into a “girl-like” model of learning, explains Steve Mynard

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Early years practitioners have used ICT to support young children’s learning in diverse ways, writes Julie Steer

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

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Comment-only marking is vital in helping students to reflect on their own learning, but implementing it can be a challenge. Jason Edwards, vice principal at Priory Community School, Somerset, describes how his school has overcome the initial problems read more

A project aimed at raising the profile of plenaries at Sandringham School, St Albans, has evolved into a catalyst for change that allows students to make their voices heard in the school. Deputy head Ceddy de la Croix explains read more

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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The contribution of support staff to student achievement must be recognised and promoted, says Paul Ainsworth 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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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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Video conferencing is becoming an invaluable tool for many schools, says Angela Youngman read more

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

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

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

Dealing with cancer in PSHE can promote health and allay fears, says Chris Rushbrook

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Graham Haydon argues that it is time to talk about a difficult topic. read more

Peter Wynne-Willson urges settings to bring live theatre to their children. read more

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

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Any primary school teachers out there with workshop ideas? I’m organising a few Antarctica mornings for local primaries and I’m trying to work out what to do read more

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

Visual memory is the ability to recall information that has been presented visually. The activities listed here can help develop visual memory and can be incorporated into a lesson for the benefit of all pupils

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Auditory memory is the ability to recall information that has been given orally. The activities listed here can help develop auditory memory and can be incorporated into lessons for the benefit of all pupils

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Margaret Collins looks at ways to raise children’s awareness of sun protection. read more

Phonological awareness is the ability to be aware of sounds within words and to be able to break down words into syllables and into phonemes. The activities listed here can help develop phonological awareness and can be used in lessons for the benefit of all children

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Visual discrimination is the ability to recognise similarities and differences between visual images. The activities listed here can help develop visual discrimination skills and can be used in lessons to benefit all children

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Auditory discrimination is the ability to detect similarities and differences when listening to sounds. The activities listed here can be used to strengthen auditory discrimination skills and can be incorporated into a lesson to benefit all children

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Dr Jonothan Neelands, deputy director of research at the National Academy of Gifted and Talented Youth, explains how drama helps both the academically gifted and artistically talented. read more

Rob Sanderson of Wigan Schools Library Service offers some practical advice for building an early years library. read more

Why has geography lost its status? Dr John Hopkin, chair of the Geographical Association’s Education Committee, looks at ways in which geography can be put back on the school map read more

Letting children take well considered risks helps to prepare them for danger in the world, argues former head Bob Jelley. read more

Geography is the poor Cinderella of the primary curriculum. Where did it all go wrong and what can be done about making primary geography teaching higher on the agenda? Paula Richardson makes some suggestions read more

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