Classroom Mindsets

SSZ Briefings · 18th November 2021

Getting a good education for everybody – the equity question – is not just about bricks and mortar, or equal facilities and equal resources but about beliefs, writes Carol S. Dweck, (1) psychology professor at Stanford University.  Dweck wants to […]

Mobiles and Exam Results

SSZ Briefings · 20th October 2021

Mobile Phones – to ban or not to ban? There is no question in this day and age: we are surrounded by technological distractions. With more than 90% of teenagers now owning a mobile phone, it is quite likely that […]

Is Collaboration Cheating?

News & Press · 13th October 2021

‘Teams’ is how the world now operates. Sometimes, our school system may seem to suggest to young people that cooperation is cheating.  But teamwork is about helping them to produce good work through sharing their strengths. Teachers will use discussion, […]

Is it enough for teachers to have a growth mindset?

SSZ Briefings · 5th October 2021

This Briefing – slightly longer than usual – quotes extensively from a new piece of research from PERTS (1), which suggests that what teachers actually do in the classroom is more important than their beliefs when it comes to helping […]

Is genius in the genes?

SSZ Briefings · 14th August 2021

 This was the title of a recent article in the Times Educational Supplement, written by leading neuroscientist Steven Rose, emeritus professor at the Open University. (1) You will guess that, with our commitment to the growth mindset, all of us […]

Career Ambitions Give Emotional Strength and Resilience

SSZ Briefings · 27th March 2021

A survey from London University Institute of Education (1) asked more than 11,000 seven-year-olds what they wanted to be when they grew up. They found that more ambitious children from poorer homes had fewer behavioural problems than those with lesser […]

FREE Student ‘EXAM TIPS’ Poster

SSZ Briefings · 22nd September 2019

UPDATE: *This poster is no longer available – A new one has been designed and will be available soon. In the run up to the exams, we’ve created a FREE 11-point Study Skills Zone GUIDE to help your students prepare. […]

Top Performing School Embraces Growth Mindset

News & Press · 28th March 2019

Upton Hall School FCJ a Roman Catholic grammar school for girls aged 11-18, recently conceived an imaginative week of study skills and  ‘growth mindset’ initiative for all 950 students and also 200 parents! Upton Hall is the top performing school on Merseyside and is one […]

Award ‘A’ Grades to All Students!

News & Press · 16th March 2018

Teachers should consider awarding every student an ‘A’ grade at the start of the year, according to a new study released this week (March 2014) by the Royal Society of Arts. The 65-page report, entitled ‘Everyone Starts With an A’, […]

Who will we be?

SSZ Briefings · 15th March 2018

David Eagleman’s stimulating series on The Brain has finally come to an end after six riveting episodes.  He has taken us on a fascinating tour of the brain and how it makes us who we are.  If you’ve not seen […]