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Oracy: Exploratory talk (sentence stems)

Exploratory talk is when children are given the opportunity to develop, challenge and build upon their knowledge and understanding through sustained dialogue. They learn through talking. Just like when designing a task, good quality talk can require scaffolding. By using sentence stems to support pupils’ responses, the quality of talk is elevated. Below you will …

Remote ‘teaching’: planning for and the evidence supporting it

In preparing for future remote learning it is important to draw from the evidence and our experiences so far. Below you will find various guides and strategies in order to plan most effectively for remote teaching to maximise engagement and learning. 1) The EEF published guidance in relation to effective remote learning. The full report …

Inferential reading

A strategy used to promote inference when reading, promoting an ability to connect what is in the text with what is in the mind. It can help pupils understand what to do when information is not stated explicitly in the text, using a simple strategy, “It says… I say…so…” Inferential reading

Reciprocal Reading

A strategy that encourages pupils to think about their own thought process during reading. It helps them become actively involved and monitor their comprehension as they read. It teaches students to ask questions during reading and helps make the text more comprehensible. Reciprocal reading reciprocal_teaching_bookmark


Use this website as a fantastic tool to scaffold reading material in order to be more accessible. Additionally to focus on and embed challenging vocabulary. Rewordify

Reading Frameworks: Thinking hard

Use these templates to help students to chunk down the reading process and aid comprehension. It works well to model good practice for students to utilise in their independent study time. Thinking Reading Deconstruction Frame History example 2 History example 1

Scaffolding to support (English)

Use arrows to pose questions to help scaffold analysis of text, the level of challenge is indicated by the colour of the arrow. Scaffolding for pupils who need support

Talking debate

This speaking framework is a great tool to help pupils develop the skill to argue and debate. It scaffolds dialogue to enable pupils to express themselves with clarity and justification, a really important 21st century skill. Talking debate


To decrease variation in results, teachers must increase variation in their teaching. Following AfL we should accurately assess those children who will benefit from additional support. Strategies that can be effective are: Re-group children to form a cut away group Using experts or peer support Explanation in an alternative manner, or more time Using different …