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Interactive techniques

There are over 200 active learning techniques described in this resource, many of which are useful for formative assessment or metacognition.

Not all techniques listed here will have universal appeal, with factors such as your teaching style and personality influencing which ideas may be right for you.


Developing progression in practical skills

This Triple Science Support guide provides an overview of how planning can support students progression in practical and enquiry skills.

For a full suite of guides, resource packages and professional development opportunities to support intervention in science visit the...

Putting differentiation into practice in secondary science lessons

Published in 2002, this article, by Andy Piggott, describes different approaches to providing differentiation in the science classroom and gives examples of how these can be put into practice.

The article was published in School Science Review (SSR) in 2002.  SSR is the 11-19 journal of the...

How to enhance CPD to maximise the measurable impact on students’ achievement in science

This research was Published in 2014 and presented at the ESERO 2013 Conference.

The purpose of any teacher continuing professional development (CPD) is to ensure a positive change in pupils’ outcomes, yet the evaluative evidence to support this relationship is often weak or missing. Using the CPD programme...

Final evaluation of the National Science Learning Centre

Published in June 2013, this report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) presents the findings from an investigation into the impact on students of the subject-specific CPD undertaken by teachers at the National Science Learning Centre.

The full collection of STEM Learning impact and...

Closing the gap: test and learn - executive summary (Winter 2016)

'Closing the gap: test and learn' is the first programme in the world to trial multiple interventions simultaneously using a wholly collaborative approach across a large number of schools.

In this programme, over 200 teaching schools alliances worked together to carry out 11 large-scale, randomised...


This Triple Science Support guide introduces some of the key principles of effective differentiated learning and provides a range of practical ideas for differentiating by

1. Content – input, what the students learn

2. Process – how the students go about making sense ...

Improving literacy and numeracy skills in science

Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum has been an area of development in education for some time. There are several existing whole school literacy and numeracy intervention projects available as well as science specific resources and teacher CPD activities. This Triple...

Gifted and talented education: guidance on preventing underachievement - a focus on children and young people in care

This booklet, which is part of a series, seeks to address support and provision for gifted and talented (G&T) students who are either underachieving or at risk of underachieving. The focus of this guidance is the prevention of underachievement for children and young people in care.

Gifted and talented education: guidance on preventing underachievement - a focus on exceptionally able pupils

This booklet is one of a series published by the National Strategies to support improved provision for gifted and talented students, especially those who are underachieving or are at risk of underachieving. It aims to further develop teachers’ shared knowledge and understanding of the nature of high-quality gifted...


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