Paul’s professional interests lie firmly in the science of learning. All of his work has focused on finding out how children learn most effectively and then sharing this with his network of schools and teachers. His community use his research and resources to inform classroom practice and make learning accessible to everyone.
After several years collaborating with NFER and CuriousMinds, he set up his own practice, Structural Learning. He now creates his own classroom tools and publishes frameworks to a broad spectrum of global schools.His overall aim is to help children think critically and to take more ownership of the learning process. The mantra that keeps him focused is ‘learning is learnable’; we all have the ability to think creatively and problem solve effectively.
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered College of Teaching.
He has a degree and masters in psychology.
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Rosenshine's principles of instruction: a classroom guide on the theory and practice for teachers and educational leaders.
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Scaffolding in Education: A practical guide for classroom teachers. How can you use scaffolding to promote learning outcomes?
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Learn about the tools and techniques used by medical professionals, and discover how a proper diagnosis can improve your or your child's quality of life.
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What exactly is the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and how best can teachers deliver it?
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How can schools use potential OFSTED deep dive questions to sharpen their curriculum?
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How can schools embrace team teaching as part of a continued professional learning agenda?
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A teacher's overview of supporting children with moderate learning difficulties.
How can schools use Reading Plus to support their most disadvantaged students?
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Using Oxford owl to improve children's vocabulary and spelling.
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Direct Instruction: A teacher's guide for making sure everyone accesses the curriculum.
Consider the limitations of students' working memory in classroom environments.
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Utilising autism resources to create inclusive learning environments.
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How can Floor Books be used to develop and assess children's understanding?
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There are many vendors out there who can supply your school with the latest equipment, we outline some of the most popular ones.
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