Great Teaching: Effective Questioning to Deepen Learning

Suitable for: Head teachers, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, LTA

Course code Keystages Presented by
PTL118 Foundation; KS1; KS2
  • Ian Richardson (Primary Consultant)
  • Elaine Williams (Assessment Consultant )

This course is part of a series of courses using evidence-based research to develop, and embed, 'great' teaching and learning. In this course we will:

Consider the value of effective questioning in promoting rapid progress in learning
Develop techniques for effective questioning to challenge thinking
Provide strategies to develop children’s questioning and answering skills

‘If a child knows all the answers then they have not been asked the right questions!’
Effective questioning is a key strategy of formative assessment and is essential in supporting pupils' learning. This course will focus on the development of questioning skills from both the teachers' and the pupils' point of view. It will draw on the findings of research, and excellent practice, relating to effective questioning.
Participants will be given the opportunity to reflect on their current questioning techniques and will identify opportunities to develop their practice further.
Guidance will be given on the effective use of strategies such as:
Bloom's Revised Taxonomy - questions to develop higher order thinking
A variety of question formats (open/closed, higher order, multiple choice, odd one out, etc.)
Thinking time and responding to pupils' answers
Using questioning to assess, and inform planning
The importance of questioning to activate prior knowledge

This course is applicable for all phases of the Primary School and will be particularly beneficial for teachers and teaching assistants.

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