INSET : Deeper Learning through Questioning

Questioning strategies to stretch and challenge all our pupils

Fantastic strategies backed by research and resources to take away

Donia Peters Head of Music, Clifton High School


  • Do you feel you ask too many closed questions?
  • Are you looking to increase challenge and deepen learning through the outstanding use of questions?
  • Do you want to discover and utilise the 6 most effective questioning techniques?

INSET Outline

Understanding the value of questioning

  • What styles are helpful/ unhelpful?
  • Analysis of video footage
  • How should we plan our class questioning?

Questioning in the Outstanding classroom

  • How to get the best out of questions:
  • Encouraging pupils to ask questions
  • Questioning as a whole-staff focus
  • Observing good questioning in the classroom

The power of questioning in the learning process

  • Staging questions to engage, motivate and explore
  • How to respond to pupils’ answers
  • Using questioning to personalise learning
  • Managing whole-class discussion
  • Developing reasoned arguments
  • Using challenge to develop pupil resilience and confidence
  • Increase pupil attainment through making judgements and supporting conclusions

Tools to encourage pupils to challenge ideas

  • Explore concepts through Socratic questioning techniques
  • Extend Critical Thinking skills
  • Questions for meta-cognition