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Why Teachers are so Clever

SSZ Briefings · 24th February 2018

We all know that to teach something well, we need to learn it properly first. If we then teach it to somebody else, we end up learning it really well ourselves.

Secret of Finnish Success

SSZ Briefings · 21st February 2018

We were intrigued to read recently in the Times Educational Supplement about the comments of Pasi Sahlberg, a leading education campaigner and government official in Finland.

What are Habits of Mind?

SSZ Briefings · 25th January 2018

Students who have developed these Habits of Mind will be able to apply their learning to an ever-expanding array of challenges

‘Repetition and Learning’

SSZ Briefings · 3rd November 2017

If you’ve ever wondered why a particular song is catchy, it may be because you’ve heard it before on the radio, in a store, or on a soundtrack.

Coding: The New Panacea?

SSZ Briefings · 26th September 2017

So, here we are, already in October and into the second month of the new National Curriculum! How are things settling down? Is it better not to have to bother with Levels? Or are you finding them being recreated, despite your best endeavours?

‘Effective Learning: Mainly Social’

SSZ Briefings · 15th September 2017

In response to our recent 5-minute Briefing on ‘Academic Mindsets’, one of our readers replied that she enjoys the Briefings and finds them very relevant to her own thinking and practice. We welcome all feedback – positive and negative – so, if you've time, please feel free to drop us a line to let us know what you think.

What Motivates Students?

SSZ Briefings · 31st March 2014

We know that a key question for all teachers is: what is it that motivates a student to want to learn. We recently came across this research into academic mindsets and thought you might find it as interesting as we did.