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Teaching chemistry – Ideas based on research

22 August, 2019  It is all too easy for teachers, and particularly experienced teachers at that, to assume that their individual effectiveness is now ‘proven’, and that there was little that can be learned that is not already known. But there has been some highly insightful, thoughtful and impactful...

Teaching methods – What does research tell us?

4 July, 2019  For millennia, the earliest classrooms, as far back as ancient Greece, have been portrayed in archives and paintings as the traditional scene with the teacher in front of a class or group of students. Over the years since, many new teaching techniques and pedagogies have been tried and tested, but...

From Wellington to Shanghai – Maths lessons learned

26 June, 2019  There has been an enormous amount of research and discussion about how best to teach Mathematics; but could it be as simple as time? One of our Mathematics Subject Leads ponders some of the lessons she took from last week's excellent Festival of Education. The sun shone brightly, as Wellington...

New Ofsted Framework shifts focus towards the quality of education rather than results – the biggest overhaul in a decade.

6 June, 2019  Focusing on the curriculum – A move from results-focused inspections to a focus on the quality of planning and delivery of the curriculum is the key shift in a recent study by Ofsted. In December 2018, Amanda Speilman, HMCI, commissioned a major research study into the curriculum and a...

Preparing for exams

29 April, 2019  We have just released concise summaries of the 2018 Computer Science GCSE examiner's reports for both OCR and AQA boards. They are perfect for the final preparations for students, to focus them on the likely grade boundaries, what examiners may specifically be looking for as well as where the all...

Impact on grades in schools using PG Online

11 April, 2019  Select Statistics helped us to explore the effectiveness of our teaching resources. The results were remarkable and demonstrated a significant improvement in grades at both GCSE and A Level. Here is the article they have published about the research. The statisticians at Select used data from the...

An integrated learning approach

15 March, 2019  Does subject specific pedagogy have a place in the wider curriculum? Through years of research and development into pedagogy used in the STEM spectrum, it has become apparent that there are specific pedagogies applied within each subject that are equally successfully applied to other...

Mathematical curiosity and Mastery

28 February, 2019  If you watch a young child at play you see that they are exploring all the time; balancing cubes, testing materials (often with their mouths!), rolling a ball or forming a sentence.  It is as if they are driven by one question …. ‘what happens if….?’  What...

Is maths a mug's game for girls?

20 February, 2019  One of our subject leads for Mathematics, Nicki Cologne-Brookes, has always had a very positive relationship with maths, its study and its teaching. She explores why this is and questions why there is so much gender stereotyping when it comes to studying mathematics. In this year’s A Level...

You remember things better when you write them down

7 February, 2019  All my years of experience as a student, as a teacher as an author and a publisher have taught me the power that writing things down has on the commitment of information to memory. In the context of students and their own study, this, in my mind has the potential to dramatically affects their...

The BETT Show and the Edtech arms race

25 January, 2019  The annual pilgrimage that is the Bett show started on Wednesday 23rd January in a chilly London Docklands. It was my first visit and was an eye-opener to just how vast the EdTech sector now is - at last count £900m in the UK alone. No wonder the show is dominated by the leviathans...

Exams, Problems and Critical Thinking

11 January, 2019  Examinations and how questions are interpreted is not necessarily a modern phenomenon, as this wonderfully provocative story shows. It is taken from an article published in 1964. We have taken it from Unit 10 of our OCR A Level Computer Science series. This is the free unit, so request a...

Is there a role for the teacher in the world of Artificial Intelligence? Absolutely.

4 December, 2018  Some reflections on the Reimagine Education Conference, San Francisco, 29-30 November 2018   Does artificial intelligence mean teachers will be redundant in the classrooms of the future? Not according to discussions at Reimagine Education. I have just returned from the Reimagine Education...