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Peer support exercise

Now that you know what’s required of a good listener, this peer coaching exercise will allow you to practice your listening skills, and empower others to try and work out …

Managing behaviour

In Step 3.11 you saw that to have a good working atmosphere you needed: high quality relationships, to ensure effective use of language and, work with a framework of principles. …

Teacher’s view: Communication and language

In this video you hear again from Patrick, Michelle and Helen in our last round table discussion of the course. Patrick and Michelle discuss with Helen the skills children need …

The importance of the right question

In the video ‘Questions’, Professor Ted Wragg, discusses three types of questions, he discovered, were often asked in schools. Let’s break these down a little further: Type Definition Example Managerial …

Planning effective questions

In Step 4.13 you’ve explored three types of question, and as mentioned in the Step 4.12 – the quality of an answer received is determined by the quality of the …

Next steps

We’ve come to the end of the course – thank you for joining us and we really hope you’ve enjoyed it. Before we suggest some ways for you to continue …

What’s in a question?

“If you want interesting answers, you’ve got to ask interesting questions.” – Ted Wragg, Professor of Education A question is an enquiry either spoken or written to find something out, …

Good listening

Listening involves giving attention, and when a child doesn’t get that attention, they can feel upset, confused, angry and it can affect their self-esteem. It can also cause them to …

Support staff and children

In 2003-2009, the Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) project conducted the largest research study of the impact TAs and support staff have within [UK] schools, and in this …

Primary and secondary behaviour

As mentioned in Step 3.11, ensuring a good working atmosphere in the learning situation is a complicated task, and can test even the most experienced staff. However, it can also …

Expert view: Language development

In this video, Helen meets with Professor Rhona Stainthorp, from the Institute of Education at the University of Reading, where she discusses the important aspects of language in the early …

The Haydn scale

Note: The audio in this video is purposefully distorted. In this video you’re introduced to the Haydn Scale – a tool that’s used by teaching staff to help them identify, …

Understanding the Haydn scale

In the previous Step you were introduced to an illustrative example of the Haydn scale in action. To ensure learning happens, staff need to have control of both the individuals …

Teacher’s view: Teaching in reality

In our third round table discussion, hear from our teaching experts Helen, Patrick and Michelle discussing their views on the learning environment in school and what works for them. While …

Situation: The sofa

In this Step you’re introduced to a real case scenario that Helen witnessed in a primary school, and you may have witnessed a similar scene yourself in a classroom. Take …