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Boost Your Teaching

Find out how you can shake up your teaching with experts from a range of fields sharing their tips for you to use in the classroom, covering everything from using your voice to digital photography.

There are 32 videos in this series.

5 mins Introducing a New Strategy
Aimed at teachers and schools leaders, this video looks at developing effective marking and feeedback strategies.
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5 mins Understanding Levels - An MFL Example
A Key Stage 3 MFL teacher talks about levels of achievement with her Year 7 students, showing how an understanding of levels can be woven into lessons effectively, in this assessment and CPD resource.
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5 mins Self Assessment and Peer-to-Peer Marking
Teachers at St Joseph's College show how they are helping pupils to develop awareness of their own abilities through peer-to-peer assessment, in this secondary CPD resource.
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5 mins What Makes a Good Detention?
Find out what teachers and students have to say about school detentions, should they become a positive experience or remain a punishment?
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4 mins Raise Your Expectations
An MFL teacher shows how using positive encouragement, raising expectations and challenging expected levels of attainment has had a huge impact on achievement in a lower ability Year 8 class.
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4 mins Making Videos for Assessment
A KS3 teacher shows how she encourages her secondary students to make videos as a means of assessing their understanding of a topic, using interactive science and ICT tasks to help the students understand KS3 assessment criteria.
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4 mins Rewarding Teamwork
A secondary English teacher shows how working in carefully structured mixed ability teams helps her Key Stage 3 pupils engage with their learning, and boost achievement.
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4 mins Snappy Games and Activities
See four examples of fun and easy-to-use primary classroom games and activities to use in lesson planning, aimed at keeping a group of mixed ability KS2 pupils on task and engaged in their learning.
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4 mins Learning Outdoors
Ideas for how to use outside space as a valuable resource for learning across the primary curriculum, especially in numeracy, as well as how learning outdoors can have a positive impact on achievement at Key Stage 2.
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4 mins Extending Speaking and Listening
This video shows that creating good models for speaking, listening and thinking can dramatically improve achievement at primary level, particularly when pupils may not have such models at home.
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4 mins Key Skills Intervention
Discover how one primary school use three short focused key skills sessions in literacy and numeracy to ensure that all pupils keep up with their class.
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4 mins Circle of Friends
A secondary teacher shows how she creates a support network, a circle of friends, to tackle challenging behaviour and promote inclusion in Year 7, including providing pupils with practical advice.
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4 mins Exploring Thinking Processes
A secondary teacher shows how she reveals the thinking processes behind students' answers in a Year 7 maths class, using a technique which can be used across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 as part of Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP).
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5 mins Classroom Seating
A secondary headteacher talks through the tried and testing ways of organising classrooms in order to maximise learning, in this classroom management resource.
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4 mins Peer to Peer Assessment
An imaginative peer assessment lesson is used with Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 maths students, showcasing an easy-to-use idea for lesson planning.
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4 mins Learner Profile Passport
A secondary teacher uses learner profile passports with her mixed age tutor group of Key Stage 3 and 4 students, encouraging them to think about their personal learning style to boost learning.
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5 mins Literacy – Role Play, Reading Aloud and Oral Storytelling
How one primary school's methods boost writing and literacy skills in Key Stage 2 pupils.
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5 mins Getting Organised for the New Year
A guide on how to create the perfect start to the new academic year with your pupils.
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5 mins How to be Inspirational
Is there a secret to being an inspirational teacher? Lecturer Trevor Wright offers his tips on balancing the different demands on teachers, helping them to develop inspirational pedagogy.
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5 mins Transitions During Lessons
See tips for how to manage the transitions between activities during lessons, with examples of good and bad transitions, in a video to help with lesson planning.
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15 mins Body Language Techniques
How body language or non-verbal communication can improve teaching, from starting and finishing a lesson to engaging, motivating and managing them during one.
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2 mins Body Language for Engaging and Motivating
The short video for teachers looks how body language or non-verbal communication can go a long way in motivating pupils.
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2 mins Body Language when Ending the Lesson
An insight into how body language techniques can help with effective management at the end of the lesson, when concentration is reduced.
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2 mins Body Language when Establishing Relationships
The effect of body language or non-verbal communication on establishing and reinforcing relationships as a lesson gets underway is demonstrated.
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2 mins Body Language when Starting the Lesson
A short demonstration about how body language or non-verbal communication can be used right from the beginning of a lesson to help manage and settle a class.
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2 mins Body Language for Reinforcing Learning
Demonstrating how body language or non-verbal communication is useful for teaching and reinforcing knowledge of difficult concepts.
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8 mins Behaviour Management in a Drama Class
A drama teacher shares his behaviour management techniques for promoting good behaviour in a lesson which encourages students to move about and express emotion.
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5 mins Tips on Plenaries
Teacher trainer Fiona Hogg looks at what makes a good plenary.
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6 mins Using Your Voice
Voice coach, Gillian McAuley, provides key information on using your voice in the classroom.
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6 mins Tips for Better Digital Photography
A professional photographer offers advice on how to get the best from your compact camera in school.
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8 mins Critical Thinking
Roy van den Brink-Budgen, a former chief examiner for critical thinking, explains some of the concepts involved in helping your pupils developing critical thinking skills.
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5 mins Using Sketchbooks
A look at how sketchbooks can become a valuable way for pupils to work through ideas and research their own concepts.
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