An innovation we have found useful and a good teaching technique is open-ended questions. These are best used for the success criteria at the beginning of lessons. Such questions are easily underestimated but can allow deeper thinking and great progress. Even a discussion can open a student to thinking from the other perspectives of fellow classmates. We also believe it allows the students to explore their learning in different ways, it means each student will take their individual route to achieving the criteria to their upmost ability. We have experienced these questions first hand in our popular, fortnightly “Philosophy Friday”, these lessons open our youthful minds to new thoughts on the world, can be related to schemes of works and can encourage the quieter students of the classroom to join in on discussions and debates.
By Desni Shilling and Natalie Crump - Chief Learners