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This is my sixth blog in the series, Bellwork, Starters and Plenaries: Strategies for Every Classroom.

Consider All Factors (CAF) is a well-known thinking skills strategy that lends its self...

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28th January 2016

What is Spaced Learning?

A number of secondary schools in England have been experimenting with Spaced Learning, in which students are provided with quick 8 to 10 minute blasts of "learning" punctuated by 5 minutes of...

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Research from the Sutton Trust has showed that many school students applying to university are disadvantaged because their teachers' views on what should be included in a personal statement are...

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An analysis of the summer 2015 GCSE exam results shows that girls in single-sex schools perform better than they would do in co-ed schools. There is minimal difference in the performance of boys in...

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28th January 2016

How to Learn Anything

Take a look at this engaging TEDx talk from Josh Kaufman on why the first 20 hours of learning anything are absolutely vital.

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At tutor2u we love the "Human Ranking" active learning technique - it's a learning technique I've used in all manner of subjects ranging from economics, to history, to maths.

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27th January 2016

What is Progress 8?

This academic year is the last year in which schools will be judged on "raw" GCSE results; from next year, schools will be measured in a new technique called Progress 8

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This is certainly a hot topic on the playground on the school-run in my area, with parents and teachers unsure about how much or how little "screen time" is ideal for children.

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Basic neuroscience and psychology research has shown that late-night cramming and reading textbooks is a terrible way to learn and remember.

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I had a good chuckle about this collection of "honest university applications" from The Guardian, from students who decided to rewrite their personal statements without any of the usual blagging...

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Normal teenagers are very often moody due to the complexity of the hormonal and physical changes that happen during puberty. However, it can be really difficult to distinguish normal teenage...

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If you've not yet discovered the (slightly crazy!) delights of Hip Hughes, an American history teacher, then you are now in for a treat - Keith Hughes is clearly a teacher consuming too much sugar...

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This is my fifth blog in the series, Bellwork, Starters and Plenaries: Strategies for Every Classroom.

Odd One Out is an excellent bellwork activity that really gets students thinking.

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If this report in Schools Week is correct, it seems that Cambridge University will be bringing back subject entrance exams as part of their applications procedure from 2017 onwards.

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This is my fourth blog in the Bellwork, Starters and Plenaries: Strategies for Every Classroom series.

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As teachers we often feel pushed for time to “fit the syllabus in”, and wonder how we can also build in time for helping to develop the literacy skills (amongst others!) of our learners. However,...

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A misspent evening of speed dating when I was much younger has provided inspiration for a learning technique that we love to use at tutor2u – research speed dating.

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This is my third blog in the Bellwork, Starters and Plenaries: Strategies for Every Classroom series.

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This is my second blog in the Bellwork, Starters and Plenaries: Strategies for Every Classroom series

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This is the first in a series of blogs that looks at different bellwork, starter and plenary activities that can be applied to every classroom.

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