Active learning is…

 Effective teacher/student input/output

 Fun

 Essential

 Chaos (in a good way!)

 Inspiring

 Engaging

 Critical for intellectual development

 Energetic

 Stimulating

 Sometimes putting down a pen

 Mind maps

 Active living

 NOT filling in worksheets

 Group work

 Exciting

 Effective

 Noisy

 Memorable

 Sharing ideas

 Leading / coaching

 Kinaesthetic learning styles

 Busy

 Practical/Hands on

 Gross motor skills

 Engages more boys

 Routine, drill, practice

 Sharing and contributing ideas

 Students taking the initiative (leading learning)

 Student led – teacher advisor (less teaching, more facilitating) (following guidance)

 Collaborative and cooperative

 Discussing

 Visible

 The only way different learners all learn

 Worth it!

 Stimulating

 Everyone getting involved

 Spiritual and social

 Exploring concepts in a new way

 Independent

 Usually like by Ofsted

 Building on existing knowledge

 Increasing independence

 Pupils doing something

 Kagan

 Thinking

 Concentrating

 Questioning

 Reasoning

 Challenge

 Different learning styles

 Risk taking

 Students taking responsibility

 Pacey

 Responding to targets

 Inspiring

 Evaluating and reflecting, improving!

 Worthwhile

 Relevant

 Easier than you think

 A journey of learning

 Uses post its!

 Can be individual not always group work

This much I know about what we have to do to address the mental health issues in our schools

Essential, as always.


I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about what we have to do to address the mental health issues in our schools.

Tom Bennett tweet

As Tom well knows, I am a big fan of creating an evidence-based profession, but this I know from mere experience: Relationships matter in schools above everything else.

Local Authority resources are dwindling. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are shrinking. As the gaps in provision for children suffering mental health issues appear in front of us like sink holes, the instinct is to fill those gaps but I’m not sure whether we can; as Sam Freedman has pointed out, schools face a minimum of a 10% cut in school funding during the next parliament, whichever political party is elected. And don’t let anyone kid you that the Pupil Premium…

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GCSE Pod Launch


Brigshaw has signed up to GCSE Pod, an online, exam board specific revision tool for use on all devices from PCs to tablets and phones.

We can use GCSEPod to support intervention and provide targeted support across Year 10 and 11. It is perfect for flipped learning, letting you set assignments and create playlists for relevant content to play in class or setting homework. You can even have GCSEPod mark your assignments for you, saving you valuable time and energy.

Students and Teachers can sign up HERE.

Log in HERE.

Any questions, as always, just ask.