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Creative writing tips for teachers: ideas and activities to inspire your class

Engaging children and encouraging them to write has become increasingly difficult in the classroom. My children are bombarded with interactive and …

Why I became a teacher: as a route to change the world

Back in the 1990s, my comprehensive school provided a stomping ground for political activism. Whether that involved writing letters as a 13 year-old …

Children learn best when they use their imagination

As a child I loved games. Playground games, skipping games, card games, board games like Risk and Colditz, obscure data games like Logacta and, most …

10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results

As a creative school, with a track record in fantastic English results, we are often asked what our specific approach is: how do we teach through the …

My best lesson: Getting jiggy with English turned B grades into As

The exam season is fast approaching and as a result my year 11 lessons are at risk of being very similar. Let's practice answering an exam question - …

The PGCE diaries: I'm finally starting to feel like a real teacher

"Miss, you are swag!" I guessed that meant: "Miss, I really enjoyed your lesson today, thank you." And it did. It may have been the significant …

Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning

Here we've collated some highlights and links from our recent live chat exploring the benefits and challenges associated with learning through play. …

My Spanish students write their own plays to improve their English vocab

I work in Spain and teach English to Spanish six and seven-year-olds. No, I don't just teach them English, I also teach them science, numeracy, …

Putting the planet in pupils' own hands: ideas on student-led green lessons

Teaching pupils about green issues and the effects of climate change is a bit like teaching the proverbial frog in the pond about the vast ocean - a …

How to teach … phonics

From the much maligned key stage 1 screening test which asks children to sound out words such as "drall", "halp" and "snope", to the current embrace …