Great Teaching: Questioning to Deepen Learning

Suitable for: Head teacher, Subject Leaders, Teachers, ECTs, LTA

Course code Keystages Presented by
PTL118 Foundation; KS1; KS2
  • Ian Richardson (Teaching and Learning 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 scaffold and challenge thinking; and
• provide strategies to develop children’s questioning and answering skills

"Questions help students practise new information and connect new materials to their prior learning." Rosenshine B (2012) Principles of Education

Effective questioning is a key strategy of formative assessment and is essential in supporting pupils' learning. This course will focus on the development of teachers' questioning skills, drawing 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;
• how the Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes can inform questioning;
• a variety of question formats (open/closed, multiple choice, odd one out, etc.);
• using questions to scaffold learning;
• thinking time and responding to pupils' answers;
• using questioning to assess, and inform planning; and
• the use of questions to provide feedback.

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

***Please note, that this course is restricted to 2 delegates per setting

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