My top tips for teaching students predicted a grade 1-3 at GCSE

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The recent collapse of alternative qualifications and the narrow focus on which qualifications count for Progress 8 scores mean that GCSE Combined Science has become the default entry route to a science qualification for students in England. Some schools co-teach GCSE Combined Science with Entry Level Certificate (ELC), but an increasingly challenging curriculum presents difficulty […]

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Effective Revision

For the first few years of my teaching career, I would set revision lessons without much expectation. If you were going to do a test, you should at least give some chance of success by providing the lesson before for ‘revision’. I would often provide a list of suggested activities that students could pick from: […]

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Hooks to ignite the imagination

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We have all experienced students who dawdle into lessons, take a long time to get ready for learning and then only to find they don’t have their stationery!  These are the students that do not engage in the classroom at all, they go through the motions and are indifferent, while they do not progress much […]

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