PRS Teaching and Learning

Issue 5 Nov 2013 - Good Practice Fair


Welcome to issue 5 of the PRS Teaching and Learning journal covering the Good Practice Fair.

If you have anything that you would like to contribute to the next edition, please fill out the form at the bottom.

Upcoming Events

Mini TeachMeet (30min speed session)

Tuesday, Jan. 28th, 3:15pm


Come along to share/learn. We already have a few top ideas ready to go, but please let me know by email if you have something that you want to share!

30 minutes means 30 minutes. Inspiration guaranteed!


Wednesday, Feb. 26th, 5pm

Marlow Hill

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

A local Teachmeet! For more information and to sign up go to

The New Buzz Day

Please remember that Buzz Day is no more...

Instead we would suggest that you try out a few of the things that you may have picked up from the Good Practice Fair and apply them this half term. It would be great for you to feedback how you got on to the person who gave you the idea. It would be even better if you then shared this with someone else or your department.

Good Practice Fair Programme


Impact of individual feedback

Impact of feedback on current grades from mock exams.


The impact of contacting parents.


Recording assessments at KS3.

Drama Dance Music

A practical demonstration of concentration exercises in the Drama Studio.


Using Mocks Effectively - Targeting students’ needs by providing tailored tasks.

Project Based Learning

Targeting weaker students’ needs by using more practical styles of learning as exam preparation.

Action Plans for Improvement

The use of proactive language (‘WILL’) to support the creation of their own action plans/activities to develop their skill.

Encouraging Independence through parental involvement

Creating consistency across the department in approaches to setting meaningful home learning.

Re-creativity to demonstrate understanding


Revision strategies, sock puppets and self-audits.


How to use real life scenarios in Health and Social Care.


Guided Notes - using structured sheets to interpret and record information from either a video or a textbook or both.

Informative Posters– how to have the enjoyment of making a poster combined with researching and presenting and remembering information.


Online learning schedule


Google Quizzes

Sticker feedback

Targeted question marking

Question learning objectives


Strategies for learning language

Actions to memorize language (longer sentences or key phrases)

Putting verbs to songs and rebuilding songs

Reading presentations by students

Running dictations

Interesting Starters


Questioning and Behaviour Management techniques


Presenting ‘The RR4LL Man’ and how it can be used as a cross curricular tool to foster better pedagogy.


The Science of Dr Who – Regeneration – fact or fiction? (Including differentiation for stretching pupils upwards and recording ideas in visual form)

Writing tools for controlled assessment skills

H Suggitt


O Trussell

New Technologies

J May


Book of the week: (thanks to Tom Jacob)

64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then

Ben Hammersley

Available from Amazon

"In 64 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW FOR THEN, Editor-at-Large for Wired magazine and guru of the digital age Ben Hammersley gives us the essential guide to the things we need to know for life in the 21st century.

Explaining the effects of the changes in the modern world, and the latest ideas in technology, culture, business and politics, this book will demystify the Internet, decode cyberspace, and guide you through the innovations of the revolution we are all living through.

This is not a book for geeks. 64 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW FOR THEN is for everyone who wants to truly understand the modern world, to no longer be confused by the changes in society, business and culture, and to truly prosper in the coming decade."
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