In my opinion Key Stage Three is the most important time in secondary school and the time when we can have the biggest influence on students. It’s a time where we can have a significant impact both academically and socially. I even put this to Twitter and Twitter agreed: 50% of people shared this view! […]
Last summer, I was asked to take part in a project on assessment at Key Stage 3 to consider what the Programme of Study for languages might mean for the design of new assessments in the classroom. Reviewing this document, I was reminded of the emphasis on the interconnectivity of the four skills of speaking, […]
With Easter fast approaching, teachers with Y6 classes will be increasingly conscious of the National Curriculum tests which their pupils will be taking in the summer term. Parents will also be anxious to know what’s changed under the revised curriculum and how they can best support their children over the statutory assessment period. Although the […]
With Easter fast approaching, teachers with Y2 classes will be increasingly conscious of the National Curriculum tests which their pupils will be taking in the summer term. Parents will also be anxious to know what’s changed under the revised curriculum and how they can best support their children over the statutory assessment period. Although the […]
The @OxfordEdHistory twitter recently hosted a live twitter Q&A takeover with history teacher and author Aaron Wilkes, answering teachers’ questions and discussing current concerns about teaching KS3 History! Don’t worry if you missed it – you can read all of the KS3 discussions here. Q. I seem to be reading from OFSTED that they are keen […]
I found that too often I was preparing assessment feedback lessons just using PowerPoint slides which I read to the students or simply going through exam papers. In an aim to improve the quality of the feedback and to involve students in the process, I have tried the ideas below. I hope that these might […]
With the introduction of ‘changing places’ to the A Level specifications our department decided to introduce it at key stage three. Place is a difficult concept to teach due to its complicated and abstract nature; Tim Cresswell* argues that place is a vital part of human geography but is also a term that is difficult to define. He […]
Many students find the transition from Cambridge Lower Secondary to IGCSE® a challenge. Giving learners the right support during Stages 7-9 helps them in more challenging areas where they might struggle later.
By Corrinne Fraser Corrinne Fraser is a mathematics education consultant who works to support MATS, boroughs and individual schools strengthen their provision for mathematics. Corrinne has worked across institutions and key stages to align maths teaching and learning to new curriculum requirements and the drive for mastery in UK schools. Corrinne is passionate about inspiring […]
To celebrate Empathy Day on 10th June, we’re sharing some of our favourite empathy-boosting books that will help your class walk in someone else’s shoes.