Diversifying history at KS3: The Kingdom of Benin

One of the unexpected benefits of the first lockdown in March 2020 was that many academic or professional development lectures and seminars that would once have been held in person, were instead delivered online – making them much more accessible for teachers across the country. In early 2020 I had been aware of the need to inject greater diversity into our KS3 curriculum, and […]

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How to implement project-based learning into your classroom

What is project-based learning? While we can and should integrate skill development in all our teaching, project-based learning is a particularly powerful tool to help develop higher-order skills. Project-based learning challenges students to engage deeply with a problem, exploring multiple perspectives and bodies of knowledge, to seek and apply a solution. The possible focus and […]

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Start as you mean to go on: ideas for enthusing your new Year 7 language learners from the beginning

After the constant changes of the last two years, I know that many of us are excited about getting back to school and experiencing more ‘normal’ lessons. It is liberating to think that we (hopefully!) will be able to incorporate activities which were previously restricted, such as speaking. At the time of writing, it seems […]

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Insights into vocabulary: how schools are closing the word gap

In this blog series, expert voices share their passion and commitment to vocabulary, and tell us how they are narrowing the word gap in their schools. Faculty Head Miranda McDade explains why there is a need to explicitly teach vocabulary alongside reading for pleasure. Read Miranda’s blog Assistant SENDCo, Lucy Bryant offers some practical, simple ways to support […]

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Etymology

Literacy is essential at all ages and stages of development. Working in a forward-thinking school, we are aiming to put literacy at the heart of the curriculum as it is the scaffold underpinning learning and understanding in all subjects. However, after a grilling from year 10, I found that teaching etymology wasn’t necessarily having the […]

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