Pearson Schools Blog

Filter posts by topic:

  • Drama: Variety is the Spice of Life!

    Amy Liptrott, Associate Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre in Scotland explores the importance of diversity – not just on the stage but front and back of house too!

    Read more
  • Top 10 tips on how to usualise diversity in the English curriculum

    Plotting Ahead... Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

    In Pearson’s recent Plotting Ahead series, Deputy Headteacher, author and coach, Bennie Kara discussed the term “usualising”, a concept that was coined by the prominent LGBT+ activist Dr Sue Sanders – founder of Schools OUT and LGBT+ History Month – as a replacement for the word “normalising.” After all, to normalise something implies that any alternatives to this are somehow abnormal – sustaining a sense of irreconcilable difference, otherness and exclusivity.

    In this blog, we take a look at how diversity can be usualised in the teaching of English specifically, to help create inclusive learning environments that feel relatable to all learners. These tips have been brought together from expert speakers in Pearson’s Plotting Ahead series, which was first broadcast in December 2021. Watch the events and discover more on our YouTube channel.

    Read more
  • How Failure is an Essential Foundation for a Love of Maths

    Matt Parker is a renowned stand-up comedian and maths author, with a popular YouTube channel attracting almost one million subscribers. Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt now lives and works in the UK. His new book, Humble Pi, is a Number 1 Bestseller. 

    Following Matt’s recent appearance on Pearson’s The Right Angle Podcast, Subject Lead and Podcast Host Nicola Woodford-Smith, reflects on their discussion and shares learnings on ways that teachers can foster a passion for maths among learners – not least by encouraging acceptance of mistakes and failures.

    Read more
  • How Abacus fits the new 2022 Curriculum for Wales for Mathematics and Numeracy (with a focus on fluency and logical reasoning)

    Photograph of children in a classroom

    The 2022 Welsh curriculum in Primary schools

    We know that the Welsh curriculum is changing in the new academic year in 2022 for all Primary schools, with Secondary schools to follow in 2023. When it comes to Mathematics and Numeracy in the new curriculum, there are five new Mathematical proficiencies for Welsh Primary schools:

    • Conceptual understanding
    • Fluency
    • Communication with symbols
    • Logical reasoning
    • Strategic competence

    In this blog we are going to look at how Abacus can be used to support the teaching of two of these proficiencies: fluency, and logical reasoning. There is no doubting that these two Mathematical areas are already being developed in Wales in the current curriculum, but the below is a reminder of the fantastic Abacus resources we have on offer to support these two skills.

    Read more