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,…

More than just an exam grade – creating and implementing a vision

Vision is important.  Research our team conducted recently found that teachers who were particularly successful in highly challenging schools were those who had a clear vision. So yes, it is important… but it’s also tricky. Breaking it down, is it simply a long-term aim for a class, encompassing good grades and academic achievement, or is…

“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’…