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    What is Maths Mastery?

    It sounds so onerous doesn’t it - mastering something? It sounds as if you have to become a world expert to succeed and indeed this misconception has put off some schools from getting involved. Some teachers have also been put off by the fact that mastery originated in Shanghai, imagining rows of children rote learning facts. Good News – this is far from the truth...

    Have you been spellbound by the archives?

    “Wow, it’s just like Mr Ollivander’s Wand shop!” Having been in post as Dorset History Centre’s Archive Learning Officer for over a year now, I have heard my fair share of gasps and exclamations from pupils entering the archive repositories for the first time. But, for pure creativity, this one has to be my favourite.

    HSE Tackling the School Trips Health and Safety Myths

    Do you find that schools are increasingly reluctant to take pupils on school trips due to health and safety issues, excessive bureaucracy and the fear of prosecution?

    How can it be that in 2018 pupils are having to pay to study music at GCSE?

    This article from www.tes.com 14.1.18 looks at the impact of the EBacc on GCSE music provision.

    TES: Five steps to improve teacher explanation

    This article by Mark Enser in TES Magazine (19.1.18) will be of use to education officers and education teams at school visit destinations looking to improve their delivery of school sessions.

    How school visits can help reach disengaged learners

    I've just read an interesting article in the TES Magazine ('Engaging pupils who are turned off by school', Alex Quigley, TES, 24 November 2017) which looks at some of the best ways to reach pupils who feel disengaged from learning - and I think some of the points made are relevant to the way learning is delivered by school visit providers.

    Putting collaborative problem-solving at the heart of your learning programme

    The latest Pisa rankings, which measure children's ability to collaborate with each other to solve problems, put the UK at 15th out of 51 countries. So we're actually doing quite well - but if we're really going to equip young people with the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills needed for the real world, school visit providers should be looking to see how they can help to develop these skills as a core feature of their learning programmes.

    Never stop questioning: why questions are more important than answers

    If you deliver a learning programme to schools or you visit schools to run workshops, you will probably use questioning as an integral part of your sessions. Questioning is undoubtedly a useful teaching and learning school - as Albert Einstein said, 'the important thing is to never stop questioning.'  But it's worth knowing a little bit about the theory of questioning so that you can consider how effectively you use questions in your own practise and whether you could use them in different ways to enhance the learning experiences that you offer children. 

    Maths problem solving in a local context

    Giving teaching and learning a local, area-based focus engages pupils in their local area and puts learning into context. 

    Teacher tip: create a Pupil School Trip Working Group

    Children love going on school trips, but here's a top tip for engaging them even more in your next out-of-the-classroom adventure.

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