26 April 2020

Teaching and Learning Digest


This Week:


  • Trainees – Meetings scheduled, through Teams, for this week. See email for invite.
  • NQTs – Meetings arranged for Tuesday and Wednesday through Teams. See email for invite.
  • Reminder – HoDs – please add your work to the spreadsheet in ‘WLDSTAFF’ – ‘HOMELEARNING’ – by Thursday at 3pm. Many thanks for your promptness with this to date.



Shaun Allison writes an interesting blog this week about ‘Distance Teaching’.  His ideas are enhanced by the thinking of Paul Kirschner (one of the speakers at the ResearchEd event recently – video saved in our CPD folder in Teams) and the research of the EEF. 

Many leaders, Heads of Department and class teachers are in the throes of calculating grades for Year 11.  However some curriculum leaders have, quite rightly, also started to consider the potentially significant impact that prolonged school closure will inevitably have on our current Year 10s.  Globally, educators are trying to engage students in distance learning, whilst also trying to ensure that the distance teaching is as effective as it can be.  Allison writes that his school, Durrington High School, has been considering these three areas in recent days:

·         Readjusting the Y10 curriculum

·         Optimising the distance teaching of new material for Y10.

·         Supporting Y10 to become better at self-regulation.


Useful starting points. Refocusing of curriculum maps for this year group will, no doubt, be necessary.  This blog is certainly worth a read.


Top Tips



The following resources have been previously published in the ‘TLD’ and will be updated as and when new resources become available.  They have been loosely organised into categories, but many cover more than one curriculum area.


Please do use the blog to add any further resources for others to use or to comment on any of these resources.  We are still a community and, as such, want to help and support one another. Alternatively, please continue to email RLO with further resources.  


NEW FOR THIS WEEK‘The Learning Revolution’ – Alex Beard explores the implications of ‘Knowing’, ‘Teaching’ and ‘Learning’ in a three part Radio 4 series on Fridays at 11am.  Tom Bennett then picks up on some of the ideas from this series in his article here.







This site provides a platform to enable teachers to create their own content to share but also has animated videos on a wide range of topics that can be used as a resource to spark ideas for activities.

The TED masterclass would enable you  to create and share your own TED Talk as a resource.


FlipGrid -




Teachers can create a class group and set quiz 'assignments' on set texts (some English Language) on these useful sites:

· Seneca https://www.senecalearning.com/blog/gcse-english-literature-revision/

· Quizlet https://quizlet.com/en-gb/teachers

· Memrise https://www.memrise.com/


Teaching & Learning

Pearson: There are a couple of links, below, for secondary subjects across the curriculum, along with tips around online teaching. 


https://www.pearson.com/uk/educators/schools/update-for-schools.html - free access to a range of resources, including revision guides


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITUc3KF0Ox8 - tips for online teaching.


UNESCO and Google have collaborated to produce a ‘temporary hub of information’ containing useful resources to support home learning during this period.  There are useful tutorials (for teachers and students) and they are definitely helpful.




Some useful sites:

· BBC Bitesize https://apps.apple.com/us/app/my-english-literature-gcse/id1335737542?ls=1

· Cambridge English https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/activities-for-learners/?rows=12 Specifically for students of English as a foreign language but 86 interactive quizzes to develop generic English skills.

· Good for descriptive writing tasks: http://www.pobble365.com/

Reading material can be downloaded for free from the following:

· LANCASHIRE LIBRARIES (if students have a library card) ebooks: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/digital-library/?page=3

· LANCASHIRE LIBRARIES. Free articles to read: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/libraries/digital-library/?page=7

· Kindle app—lots of free books available.


  • Sarah Rogo on Twitter @sarskate86 – Various KS3 booklets  
  • Lauren Fiddes on Twitter @lafiddess – Menu of KS3 tasks.
  • Susan Strachan on Twitter @SusanSEnglish. Various booklets – AQA revision guide, creative and non-fictional writing, unseen poetry, power and conflict, etc.
  • Douglas Wise on Twitter @DoWise – booklets such as ’GCSE English Language Resources’, ’GCSE English Literature Resources’, ‘One Line Reading List’.





· Free ebooks (for copies of GCSE texts) https://www.gutenberg.org/

· BBC Bitesize —A ‘Revise’, Video’, ‘Mini-Test’ page for each GCSE Literature text:

- Bitesize Eduqas English Literature

- Bitesize AQA English Literature



· Basic skill quizzes ttp://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm. Aimed at undergraduates but very accessible. Quizzes test this information: http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/index.htm

· BBC Skillswise https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise/english/zjg4scw





Online Resource Banks

  • Mr Barton Maths
  • Corbett Maths
  • TeachitMaths


Free Interactive Resources

  • The Khan Academy:

Free web based teaching provided by Salman Khan, who believes free good quality education should be available to all.

  • Corbett Maths:

Web based videos and worksheets.

  • CK-12
    Free web based teaching resource. Currently running webinars to help teachers plan to use the resource
  • BBC Bitesize
    Has some content, but not all of the national curriculum content.



  • StudyWise - studywise.co.uk FREE—hosts links to other sites so please exercise the usual safe practice when following external links. Links to Revision videos by A* students, interactive notes, revision notes, quizzes.
  • RevisionScience - revisionscience.com/gcse-revision FREE A little bit out of date in terms of spec titles but hosts lots of revision notes for GCSE
  • EducationQuizzes - www.educationquizzes.com FREE Covers KS3 and KS4 across a range of subjects including science, good source of online quizzing
  • Tassomai - www.tassomai.com—PRICE ON APPLICATION App based testing, very popular with students and schools alike.
  • Gojimo - www.gojimo.com/gcse-science-revisionFREE Another App based revision tool.
  • My GCSE Science - www.my-gcsescience.comCOST Video tutorials covering the whole of the key stage four science curriculum, combined and separates.
  • Quizlet - www.quizlet.comSOME FREE Science flashcards, diagrams and study guides, includes videos
  • Seneca - www.senecalearning.com FREE resources for science including links to YouTube clips, PowerPoint presentations, notes, etc.



  • Useful resources for students can also be found at TeacherToolkit here.
  • BBC - Students (age 5 to 14) can now access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of the BBC Bitesize website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.




Since the last ‘T&LD’, a CPD calendar has been created and stored in WLD Teachers Team.  Thanks to those of you who have signed up for webinars and have provided feedback.  Please let RLO know if you have gleaned any pearls of wisdom – subject-specific or otherwise.


From the Last ‘T&LD’




  • Read the ‘Teaching and Learning Policy’ and ensure that you understand all elements.


  • Loan a book from our CPD library.  The following titles underpin our new Teaching and Learning Policy and are well worth a read:
    • Barak Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’
    • Ross Morrison McGill’s ‘Mark. Plan. Teach.’
    • EEF reports: ‘Improving Literacy in Secondary Schools’, ‘Guide to the Pupil Premium’
    • Alex Quigley’s ‘The Vocabulary Gap’
    • David Didau’s ‘The Secret of Literacy’


  • CPD activity as per departmental plan as part of the Study Group CPD initiative.
  • Complete the Health and Safety CPD module, by accessing using the link to WLD Staff Team here.



  • Teacher Toolkit - Try one of the home learning CPD sessions, offered by Teacher Toolkit.  These can be booked through EventBrite here.  Word of caution…they are not free!



  • SenecaFree CPD for teachers covering a number of areas:
  • Explore the EEF and its Teaching and Learning Toolkit.
  • Create a department directory of Tweeters worth following.
  • Look at the Periodic Table of Tweeters
  • University of Chester are offering free taster sessions:
    • FREE online Taster Sessions, week commencing Monday 20th April, for 5 consecutive days
    • Topics to include:   
      • Introduction to Attachment
      • The SEND Code of Practice 2015
      • Understanding the Saturation Model
      • Introduction to Autism
      • Introduction to ADHD
      • Teaching Learners with Dyslexia
      • Teaching Learners with Dyscalculia
      • Introduction to the Working Memory
      • Introduction to the LASER Programme
      • Low Arousal and Learning
      • The Graduated Approach and Quality First Teaching
  • Online CPD programme available in the summer term
  • For more information, contact APPpartnership@chester.ac.uk 


Free Online Resource Library for CPD, including podcasts and webinars.



Rosenshine’s ‘Principles of Instruction’ – Tom Sherrington (Teacherhead)

A range of resources available, including slides, YouTube talk-throughs and other CPD. 


The Open University

The https://www.futurelearn.com/ has free courses that might be of interest at the moment. There are also lots on the Open University https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue.

Posted by Rachel Long

Category: Teaching and Learning Digests

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