Keeping students learning through ‘Least Invasive Interventions’

Visiting Charlotte Pywell, a ’13 Ambassador teaching in the North East, we were struck by her skill in helping students stay focused on learning.  Charlotte’s school faces significant challenges: 80% of students receive Free School Meals, there is a very high turnover of teachers and leaders and the school has low results within the area…

Growth mindset with grade targets

A teacher asked us recently: my school makes all students write their target grades on the front of their books: could this be undermining the self-belief and growth mindset I want them to have? She’s right to be worried. Although many schools believe that sharing grades in this way makes it obvious (particularly to inspectors,…

“Questioning is a powerful tool”

Many teachers spend a substantial amount of their lesson time questioning students. These questions have many purposes: checking student understanding, challenging them to think more deeply and ensuring that they can express ideas articulately in speech – a helpful precursor to doing so on paper. Well-used, questioning goes a long way to ensuring that students’…