INSET : Questioning Strategies to Stretch & Challenge all your pupils

Fantastic strategies backed by research and resources to take away

Donia Peters, Head of Music, Clifton High School


  • 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?
  • How do you improve and extend the questions your pupils ask?


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
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