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...

EdTech systems - Prevention or cure?

26 July, 2018  Education cuts are continuously shaving time off teachers’ days when they are already hard pressed to complete their roles to the full. At the heart of their role teachers need to mark work. Students love it too. It gives them more detailed and nuanced feedback than a computer, that they...

Why art?

18 July, 2018  A recent post by Richard Branson about the positive benefits of art (and music) in an office got us reflecting on why we have always featured wonderfully rich, abstract artworks on our textbook covers and online resources; as well as on the office walls. Why? Well, it’s partly because we love...

Omaha. Somewhere in middle America

12 July, 2018  What is the state of teaching computer science in the US? We went to the Computer Science Teachers Association annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska to see what we could learn from them... and they from us. The numbers of courses are increasing, as are the number of States offering them. Specialist...

Should smartphones be banned from classrooms?

10 July, 2018  Are phones in the classroom a distraction, or a useful tool and an aid to learning? Should they even be allowed in the playground? These are the weighty questions being pondered by Headteachers up and down the country as well as by national organisations such as the Office of the Children’s...