Ways in which minimum core elements can be demonstrated in planning, delivering and assessing inclusive teaching and learning

Core elements - maths

There have been several attempts at improving literacy and numeracy skills, including the creation of Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit in 2001, Functional skills and now minimum core. “Functional skills are now defined as those skills required for competence in the use of English, maths and ICT” (Gould & Roffey-Barentsen, 2014, p. 22). The goal … Read more

Theories, principles and models of assessment

Assessment Theory

Introduction It is essential that learning has taking place, as a result it is important to check that learning has occurred; this is completed in the form of assessment. Assessment ranges from a quick and simple learning check in the form of student questioning, up to a final exam which could form the entirety of … Read more

The role and use of initial and diagnostic assessment in agreeing individual learning goals

Initial Assessment

“Diagnostic assessment informs both teacher and learner of current abilities and specific future needs.” (Machin, et al., 2016, p. 94) Before a course begins students often complete a diagnostic assessment, the results are often used to assess if the student is capable of completing the course, which group they should be in, if they need additional … Read more

The relationships and boundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles


Introduction As educators, teachers hold a significant role in shaping the minds and futures of their students. However, within the dynamic world of education, it is essential for teachers to establish and maintain clear boundaries to ensure a professional and ethical relationship with their students and colleagues. This article explores the importance of delineating the … Read more

The effectiveness of teaching and learning approaches used in own area of specialism in relation to meeting the individual needs of learners

learning approaches

Abstract This article delves into the significance of employing varied learning approaches to cater to the diverse needs of learners. It examines multiple teaching methods, including practical projects, group discussions, PowerPoint-based lectures, Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Flipped Classroom, and Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL). Each method’s features, advantages, and challenges are discussed to provide educators with an encompassing … Read more

The effectiveness of resources used in own area of specialism in relation to meeting the individual needs of learners


It is essential that a variety of resources are used, including handouts, videos, etc. All students will have a learning preference and will learn more effectively using particular methods. Fleming (Fleming, 2005) divides people into 4 groups based on their learning preferences, these groups are visual, aural, read/write and kinaesthetic or a combination. While selecting … Read more

The benefits and limitations of communication methods and media used in own area of specialism


While communicating with students I use a variety of communication methods, the most common being Verbal. Verbal communication is good for providing feedback as it is instant but it may not be heard by the student, especially if the student has hearing difficulties. Teachers must be careful when providing verbal feedback as both positive and … Read more

Best Laptop for Teachers

Best Teacher Laptop

ASUS E203MA 11.6 Inch HD Laptop with Microsoft Office 365 (Intel N4000 Processor, 64 GB eMMC, 4 GB RAM, Windows 10 S) £226.93 Lenovo IdeaPad 5i 15.6 Inch Laptop (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home S Mode) – Graphite Grey £549.99 Dell Inspiron 5000 14.0-inch FHD WVA LED-Backlit 2-in-1 Laptop, Intel Core … Read more

Purposes and types of assessment used in education and training


Abstract This paper delves into the various assessment methods employed in educational settings, spanning initial interviews to diagnostic, formative, and summative evaluations. Special emphasis is placed on the benefits and drawbacks of each method, as well as the accommodations provided for students with special needs, to ensure an equitable assessment environment. Introduction Assessments are integral … Read more

Ways In which teaching and learning plans can be adapted to meet the individual needs of learners

learning plan

It is essential to promote equality and diversity whilst ensuring there is no discrimination while teaching as this will encourage an inclusive learning environment and “it is unlawful for a school to discriminate against a pupil or prospective pupil by treating them less favourably because of their: sex, race, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, … Read more