“Great take-always , so many useful challenge resources for students”

Thahseen Ali, Biology Teacher, King’s Rochester

Maximising progress in lessons for all learners

  • Building effective inclusion and clear progression: raise standards, narrow the gap, challenge all learners
  • Ensuring value added: strategies for all learners to make significant progress
  • Setting high expectations in your classes for all pupils to flourish
  • Embrace a challenge culture : new teaching approaches and strategies to put challenge at the heart of every classroom

Strategies for Challenging all pupils in every classroom

We should aim to encourage pupils to work for extended periods of time without relying on the teacher’s constant input. Professor John Hattie in Visible Learning explores the difference between teachers as activators as opposed to teachers as facilitators. Teachers as activators of learning results in a much higher effect size and therefore boosts pupil attainment.

The course will explore new teaching approaches to create a challenging culture for all pupils and helping them to develop their critical thinking skills and independence required to prepare them for success.

This has been amazing, as a single person department qualifying during a pandemic, I have learned so much today

Georgia Lloyd, Secondary Music Lead, The Community College‘Best School in Shropshire’

INSET Outline

Five ways to put challenge at the heart of every lesson

  • Embedding a ‘challenge culture’
  • Creating cognitive conflict
  • Encouraging cognitive discourse

Creating a Challenge Culture for all pupils

  • Subject specific guidance and resources to support classroom practice
  • What does the research tell us?
  • Key strategies that work with all pupils
  • Differentiation – balancing stretch with support
  • Questioning skills

The development of problem solving and critical thinking skills

  • How to develop critical thinking skills
  • Encouraging the learning through argument
  • Enhancing problem solving skills

Independent and creative learning: boosting attainment

  • Encouraging creative thinking
  • Producing secure independent learners by introducing metacognition techniques
  • Encouraging a growth-mindset and independence

“really useful and ‘ready to use’ strategies”

Pauline Helcoop, Head of House, St John Fisher Catholic High School

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