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Multimedia for Learning

How can teachers use the principles of multimedia to advance online learning outcomes?

Think, Pair, Share: a teachers guide

Think, Pair, Share is a powerful strategy for developing thoughtful discussions and individual students into confident learners.

Blooms Taxonomy Verbs

How can teachers utilise the infamous Bloom's Taxonomy learning verb list?

Team Teaching

How can schools embrace team teaching as part of a continued professional learning agenda?

Creating an Inclusive Education (for all)

How can we create an inclusive education experience where everyone can thrive?

Letter-Join: A teacher's guide

Find out how the platform Letter-Join can be used to promote handwriting learning.

Reading Plus: a teacher's guide

How can schools use Reading Plus to support their most disadvantaged students?

Top Marks: A teacher's guide

How can parents and teachers use Topmarks to develop fundamental learning skills?

CPOMS: A teacher's guide

Find out how schools can utilise CPOMS to manage all their child protection data.

MyMaths: A teacher's guide

How are classrooms using MyMaths to help their pupils develop number concepts?

Subject leadership in Primary Schools

How can Primary Schools approach effective subject leadership?

Oak Academy: A teacher's guide

How can teachers use National Oak Academy as a curriculum delivery tool to advance pupil progress?

Instructional Coaching: A teacher's guide

How can schools utilise an instructional coaching model to support their staff and improve academic attainment?

Theory of Knowledge: A teacher's guide

What is Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and how can it be embraced to develop deeper learning outcomes?

Deeper Learning Outcomes

How can teachers help students think logically and creatively about curriculum content?

Learning Fundamentals

How can we make it easier for our colleagues to adopt evidence-informed learning principles in their classrooms?

Modelling Learning

What does effective modelling look like in the classroom and how can teachers use this technique to promote inclusive practice?

Attainment Gap: A teacher's guide

What practical steps can classrooms take to promote the closing of the attainment gap?

Independent Learning: A teacher's guide

We all desire our learners to develop into independent students who can think for themselves but how exactly can schools work towards this ambitious goal?

Teaching and Learning Wisdom

Great advice from the confident teacher visualised for easy interpretation.

School Supplies: A teacher's guide

There are many vendors out there who can supply your school with the latest equipment, we outline some of the most popular ones.

KCSIE: A teachers guide

What do the updated changes to KCSIE mean for school leadership teams?

Thrive Approach: A teacher's guide

How can the thrive approach be adopted in your school to meet the diverse needs of all your children?

Zones of Regulation: A teacher's guide

Find out how classrooms adopt the Zones of Regulation methodology to ensure all children are ready to learn.

White Rose Maths: A teacher's guide

How can primary schools enhance the maths curriculum and develop number fluency with White Rose resources?

Personalised Learning: A teacher's guide

How can teachers use differentiated instruction to create different pathways to student success?

SEMH: A teacher's guide

How can schools best cater for the diverse needs of their children to guarantee access to the curriculum?

Block Play: A teacher's guide

How can teachers use the powerful concept of block play to achieve their educational goals with children of all ages?

WAGOLL: A teacher's guide

How can classrooms enhance their writing curriculum using WAGOLL?

Precision Teaching: A teacher's guide

How can schools embrace precision teaching to bring fluency to their classrooms?

Provision Maps: A teacher's guide

How can schools use a provision map to ensure they deliver an accessible curriculum for everyone?

Differentiation strategies: a teacher's guide

How can your classroom differentiate instruction to make learning accessible and challenging?

Growth Mindset: A teacher's guide

What is the significance of a growth mindset in the classroom and how can we promote the development of it in our learners?

Educational psychologists in schools

How can schools make the best use of their educational psychology support?

High Frequency words: A teacher's guide

How do teachers approach the concept of high-frequency words and what's the best way of adopting them into classroom practice?

In the moment planning: a teacher's guide

In the moment planning offers teachers the opportunity to capitalise on children's interests whilst delivering learning objectives.

Picture Prompts For Writing: A teacher's guide

How can we use images to develop and scaffold the writing process for children?

SpLDs: A teacher's guide

How can schools best serve the needs of children with an SpLD and what does inclusive practice look like?

Promoting Students’ Wellbeing

Zoe Benjamin explains Heathfield Schools whole-school approach to promoting students’ wellbeing.

Continuous Provision: a teacher's guide

How can your classroom embrace continuous provision to improve outcomes?

Pupil Premium: A headteachers guide

What is pupil premium for and how can it be used wisely to really narrow the attainment gap?

Selective Mute: A teacher's guide

How can teachers provide better learning experiences for children who are selective mute?

Cognitive Load Theory: A teacher's guide

How can you use Cognitive Load Theory to improve learning outcomes in your classroom?

Resources for Autism: a classroom guide

How can teachers create inclusive learning environments for all of their pupils?

Mastery in Maths: A teacher's guide

What exactly is Mastery in Maths and how can classrooms embrace this educational concept to advance learning outcomes?

PiRA and PUMA: A school guide

PiRA and PUMA tests can provide valuable insights into pupil progress, in this article, we look at how assessments can move a child's learning forward.

Self-Directed Learning: A school guide

Why has self-directed learning become so important and how best can we manage independent study?

The Spiral Curriculum: A teacher's guide

How can your school embrace the concept of Spiral Curriculum to achieve lasting learning outcomes?

Spaced Practice: A teacher's guide

How can you use spaced practice in your classroom to advance student outcomes?

Intent, Implementation and Impact: A curriculum guide

Are you embarking on a curriculum redesign? This article outlines some of the principles Ofsted look for in a broad and balanced curriculum.

The Learning Pit: a guide for teachers

Why has the Learning Pit become such a popular classroom concept?

Quality first teaching: A teacher's guide

Revisiting the quality first teaching concept and the national strategy teaching methods: the classroom legacy lives on.

Teaching and Learning Strategies: A classroom guide

Which classroom teaching and learning strategies are worth embedding in your school? Find out here.

Curriculum for excellence: A school guide

How can the Curriculum for Excellence enhance outcomes for children in Scotland? A classroom guide to better thinking.

Developmental language disorders: A teacher's guide

Developmental language disorders can have a profound effect on a child's education, what positive steps can teachers take in the classroom?

Formative and Summative assessments: A teacher's guide

How can we use formative and summative assessments to drive student understanding forward? A classroom guide for teachers.

Learning to learn: A teacher's guide

'Learning to learn' is a concept that all of our students can benefit from, this article outlines how schools can create cultures of independent learning.

Remote learning in schools

What considerations do primary and secondary school leaders need to think about when designing their remote learning provision?

Reading Eggs: A guide for teachers

Using games to promote reading comprehension: how can programs like Reading Eggs advance literacy?

Rethinking Pupil Progress

How should we define pupil progress and what does an effective assessment look like?

Barriers to Learning: A teacher's guide

How can we best identify barriers to learning in the classroom and how can we make the curriculum more accessible (to everyone)?

Problem based learning: a teacher's guide

Find out how teachers use problem-based learning models to improve engagement and drive attainment.

SENCo's Role

What's involved in a SENCo's Role and how do they support pupil progress?

Reading comprehension strategies in the classroom

What reading comprehension strategies are most effective in the classroom? A brief look at the complex act of reading.

Stretch and Challenge: A teacher's guide

Is your school embracing a stretch and challenge agenda? Find out what practical measures you can take to make sure everyone is thinking for themselves.

Maths for Key Stage 2: a teacher's guide

Maths for Key Stage 2: a teacher's guide to making the abstract more concrete.

Learning Journal's for developing independence

Learning Journals for developing independence and student autonomy.

Multisensory learning in the classroom: A teacher's guide

Multisensory learning in the classroom: A teacher's guide for making learning more accessible and meaningful.

Concrete pictorial abstract approaches in the classroom

How can we use concrete pictorial abstract approaches in the classroom to make learning less abstract? Find out here.

Action research in the classroom: A teacher's guide

Action research in the classroom: A teacher's guide to understanding your learners and improving learning outcomes.

A teacher's guide to inquiry-based learning

A teacher's guide to inquiry-based learning: When and how should we let our students work independently?

Learning Walks: A guide for school leaders

Learning Walks: How can school leaders make them purposeful and ultimately, focused on the learning progress?

Direct Instruction: A teacher's guide

Direct Instruction: A teacher's guide for making sure everyone accesses the curriculum.

EHC Plans: What teacher's need to know

EHC Plans: The process and timelines involved with getting the support your school needs.

Tests and support for dyslexia: a teacher's guide

Tests and help for dyslexic learners: a teacher's guide to the theory and actionable classroom support.

A guide to ADHD tests and assessments

A teacher's and SENDCos guide to ADHD tests and assessments.

CPD for teachers: time for a rethink

Rethinking how we approach CPD for teachers when we are time poor but need to advance whole-school learning outcomes.

Learning objectives: A teacher's guide

Learning objectives: A teacher's guide to developing clear classroom guidance for deeper understanding.

Neurodiversity in the classroom: a teacher's guide

Neurodiversity in the classroom: a teacher's guide for making the curriculum accessible to every child.

The Early Career Framework: a guide for prospective teachers

The Early Career Framework: a guide for prospective teachers and schools. How does the ECF work and what are the changes?

Pedagogy for teaching: A classroom guide

Pedagogy for teaching: A classroom guide to developing effective learning practices that move students thinking forward.

Interleaving: A teacher's guide

Interleaving: A teacher's guide to using this study technique for better student memory and retrieval.

Knowledge Organisers: A teacher's guide

Knowledge Organisers: A teacher's guide for using them as an effective classroom study strategy.

Leuven Scale: A teacher's guide

Leuven Scale: A teacher's guide to making deeper, actionable assessments on children to improve focused learning.

Formative Assessment Strategies: A teacher's guide

How can you move learning forward using formative assessment strategies in your classroom?

Writing Frames for improving literacy outcomes: a teacher's guide

Writing Frames for improving literacy outcomes: a teacher's classroom guide to helping children understand and communicate new ideas.

Mind maps for generating knowledge: A guide for teachers

Mind maps for generating knowledge: A guide for teachers

Dual coding: A teacher's guide

Dual coding in the classroom: A teacher's guide for taking theory into practice.

Visible Learning: A teacher's guide

Visible Learning: A classroom guide for making thinking and learning evident across your school.

Rosenshine's Principles: A teacher's guide

Rosenshine's principles of instruction: a classroom guide on the theory and practice for teachers and educational leaders.

Thinking strategies: a teacher's guide

How can we develop alternative thinking strategies to help our learners achieve in the classroom? Find out more in our essential guide for educators.

Five-minute lesson plan: A teacher's guide

A teacher's guide to the five-minute lesson plan: save time whilst getting your class to do more learning.

Improving students memory: a guide to the research

What are the key memory studies that we should consider when designing lessons?

A parents guide to Cognitive Load Theory

Zoe Benjamin provides us with a brief explanation of Cognitive Load Theory and what it means in her classroom.

Everything You Need to Know About Oxford Owl Reading

Oxford owl reading is an excellent resource for parents and teachers looking for extra materials to improve their kids' vocabulary & spelling.

Retrieval practice: a teacher's guide

Why is retrieval practice such an important learning technique for the classroom? In this blog, we explore the theory and practice of retrieval practice.

Read Write Inc: a teacher's guide

What is Read Write Inc and why has it become so popular in Primary Schools? A teacher's guide to all things Read Write Inc.

Learning through play: a teacher's guide

Why is learning through play such an important aspect of childhood and education? Find out how you can promote playfulness in your classroom.

Thinking Maps for Deeper Learning

Thinking maps for developing student understanding: a teacher's guide to adopting visual tools in the classroom.

Generative Learning: A teacher's guide

Generative Learning in action: How can teacher's use this model for developing deeper understanding?

About Me

Paul Main

Paul set up Structural Learning to help schools embrace a new perspective on classroom practice. Ultimately, he's interested in how children understand and communicate the new ideas they encounter in the curriculum. Prior to setting the organisation up, Paul worked with NFER (Futurelab), Teachinghow2s and Open Futures. Cognition is a fascinating but complicated area that inspires Paul to understand more about how our mind works.