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I’ve just listened to your podcast on the school run this morning. What an absolute joy! So easy to listen to, very engaging, full of great ideas but not too overwhelming in content. Thank you for this - will share far and wide! Spontaneous is a great word, Shareen. My favourite word is ‘chortle.’

Kelly Ashley, Lecturer in Reading for Pleasure

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British Empire: Enrich your KS3 History curriculum with OUP's new Depth Study

Aaron Wilkes and Shalina Patel discuss how effective teaching of the British Empire can enrich your Key Stage 3 curriculum. What do students gain from studying the British Empire? How has historical scholarship on the British Empire changed in recent years? What is the impact of new research on how we should teach the topic?

Aaron and Shalina answer these questions and offer advice to teachers concerned about teaching sensitive or potentially contentious topics as part of studying the British Empire, for example Partition.

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Special offer – Pre-order here

We’re offering UK schools 10% discount on all British Depth Study textbooks – British Empire, African Kingdoms, Fight for Rights, and Migration Nation. Terms & conditions:

  • Offer valid for UK customers only
  • Offer valid from 31st January to 30th April 2023
  • Offer only applies to orders placed using promotional code “KS3HISTORY”
  • Offer is only available on print KS3 History Depth Studies and excludes KS3 History Depth Study Kerboodle Books.

Further reading and support: 83% of schools surveyed report having made substantial changes to their Key Stage 3 curriculum in recent years to address issues of inclusivity and diversity. Read the Historical Association Secondary Survey




How to engage children with reading to expand their vocabulary with Shareen Wilkinson

The link between extensive reading and a broad vocabulary is well known, but how can teachers expand children’s vocabulary when they’re reluctant to read?

Helen Prince talks to Shareen Wilkinson talk about children’s literature, early memories, reading and poetry. Shareen discusses the different strategies she uses to engage children with reading; including dance, music and drama. Shareen also shares stories from her best lessons and why they’ve been so successful. A lovely conversation looking at the link between vocabulary and reading in primary schools.

Shareen is a primary school senior leader, former LA lead Primary English advisor, and an established educational author and series editor. Shareen advises at national level, including as a DfE grammar and reading (KS1 and KS2) subject specialist.

Further reading and support:

  • Shareen offers practical strategies to teach vocabulary in the classroom in this blog.
  • Shareen's popular webinar on 'Closing the vocabulary gap in primary schools' is available to watch on demand.
  • Find out more about Word Sparks, fully decodable books that tackle the word gap, developed with series editors Shareen Wilkinson and James Clements.


Metacognition: bridging the gap between research and the classroom with Lauren Stephenson

Helen Prince chats to Lauren Stephenson about metacognition and bridging the gap between research and the classroom. Lauren talks about her role in the Research Schools Network, how research shows that working on self-regulation and metacognition with your students can add months to their progress, and shares her top recommendations for wider reading.

Lauren Stephenson is a Physics teacher and Assistant Director of Blackpool Research School.

Further reading and support:



Disciplinary literacy in the classroom with Kathrine Mortimore

Helen Prince chats to Kathrine Mortimore about ways to employ disciplinary literacy techniques in your classroom. The EEF have placed disciplinary literacy as their number one strategy for improving literacy in secondary schools. Kathrine and Helen discuss the importance of: showing students what excellence looks like in your subject; the explicit teaching of challenging key ideas and vocabulary; and scaffolding using carefully prepared materials.

Kathrine Mortimore is currently an Associate Assistant Principal, leading literacy at Torquay Academy. Her most recent book 'Disciplinary Literacy and Explicit Vocabulary Teaching' is centred on moving forward those who are furthest behind by improving their literacy skills. This publication follows research she has undertaken into narrowing the attainment gap at the University of Cambridge, and whilst working in the context of Torquay Academy. Kathrine has also co-authored four of Neil Bowen's 'Art of..' literature study guides and tweets at @kathrine_28

Further reading and support:

  • Read more on disciplinary literacy strategies from Kathrine on the Oxford Education Blog.
  • Kathrine is particularly interested in tackling social inequalities through education and has been blogging about this topic for many years here.


Engaging Every Learner: Identity and the Science Classroom with Genevieve Bent and Lynda Charlesworth

In this episode we welcome Genevieve Bent, Assistant Principal leading Sixth Form and former Head of Science at the Harris Federation, and Lynda Charlesworth, Head of Science at Camden School for Girls.

Genevieve and Lynda talk to Lamorna Newcombe, Science Publisher at Oxford University Press, about the importance of identity in engaging students in their learning, and the impact of the strategies they are using in the science classroom.

Our speakers take a research-based approach to discussing the influence of science capital, culturally responsive teaching, and diversity and inclusion on learner identity. They also share some exciting ideas for increasing engagement and representation in STEM studies, activities and careers provision.

Further reading and support:

  • Every student needs to feel valued in order to succeed and learner identity is one of the key pillars of the Oxford Smart Curriculum Service. Find out more and read the curriculum direction paper.
  • Read our 10 top tips for starting a STEM club in your school on the Oxford Education Blog.
  • It is important that all learners can see themselves and people like them in the science narrative. Students need to know that they can use or do science as part of their life, where science becomes part of their identity. Read more on curriculum narratives in science on the Oxford Education Blog.