S006 Modelling: Modelling is a powerful strategy that can be used across all subjects to help pupils to learn and to develop confidence in a new skill or procedure. This unit sets out the principles of this strategy and provides guidance on how to introduce modelling into lessons and make it effective. Click here to register

S007 Questioning: This unit outlines the different types and purposes of questioning. It explains how to organise questioning for whole-class and group work, and offers strategies such as providing ‘wait time’ for making it effective. Bloom’s taxonomy is used to provide a framework for planning questions that challenge and develop pupils’ thinking. Alternatives to direct questioning are also explored. Click here to register

S008 Explaining: This unit looks at the purpose of explanations in teaching and outlines the characteristics, features and skills of successful explanations. It explores different types of explanation, how to plan for them, which strategies are effective – particularly for those involving abstract ideas. It also provides guidance on how to support pupils in planning and articulating their own successful explanations. Click here to register

S009 Guided learning: This unit explores how the principles and approaches involved in guided reading and writing can be used to support guided learning in subjects across the curriculum. It describes an instructional sequence for the teacher working with small groups, which is integrated into lessons to act as a bridge between whole-class teaching and independent work. It provides a range of examples and addresses practical questions of organisation including time, classroom layout, management of behaviour and resources. Click here to register

S010 Group work: This unit looks at how effective group work can help to improve pupils’ speaking, listening, thinking, problem-solving and social skills. It emphasises the need for establishing clear rules and procedures and sets out a range of techniques to ensure pupil engagement and cooperation, such as allocating roles and setting group targets. Methods for structuring group work, such as ‘snowballs’, ‘jigsaws’, ‘envoys’ and ‘rainbows’, are suggested and the benefits and limitations of different grouping criteria explored. Click here to register

S011 Active engagement techniques: This unit explores what is meant by engagement and why it is important. A range of strategies to motivate and engage pupils is examined, for example directed activities related to text (DARTs) to promote active reading, strategies to promote active listening, thinking strategies, and the use of drama across subjects. Click here to register