What motivates you?  You may enjoy watching this.


Are you a student?


If you are interested in finding out about university open days in the UK for 2016, or wondering what questions to ask when you attend an open day, why not have a look at our student stuff?

Why not read the article on whether education offers equality?



Does education offer equality?

students working hard

Professor Steve Strand made a presentation at the University of Oxford about equity in education.  He summarised his recent research about school effects in educational achievement.  His focus was achievement gaps and whether teachers could learn something from the groups of learners who over-achieve in education.  Professor Strand highlighted that the effect of social class on pupils leads to stark differences between learners’ achievement.  Are you doing anything in your learning establishment which addresses successfully the problems of under-achievement?  If you are, it would be great to hear from you.

If you wish to read Professor Strand’s research there are two papers available:

Click here:  Strand, S. (2014) Even at best schools, kids on free school meals are performing worse than their peers.

University of Oxford students click here: Strand, S. (2014). School effects and ethnic, gender and socio-economic gaps in educational achievement at age 11. Oxford Review of Education, 40, (2), 223-245.


Other recent papers presented by Professor Strand are:

Strand, S. (2014a). Ethnicity, gender, social class and achievement gaps at age 16: Intersectionality and ‘Getting it’ for the white working class. Research Papers in Education, 29, (2), 131-171.

Lindsay, G. & Strand, S. (2013). The evaluation of a national roll-out of parenting programmes across England: The parenting early intervention programme (PEIP). BMC Public Health, 13, 972.

Strand, S. (2012). The White British-Black Caribbean achievement gap: Tests, tiers and teacher expectations. British Educational Research Journal, 38, (1), 75-101.


Learning how to learn

She knows first-hand how it feels to struggle with numeracy.  Dr Oakley contended with maths and science courses in school.  When she enlisted in the US army she saw that her inability to master maths and science was holding her back.  She returned to school and was determined to master the subjects which had given her so much trouble.  Watch her interesting Ted Talk.


Welcome to WOTWORKS As experienced teachers, it’s the curiosity of our learners that we need to inspire.  Learning, through trial and error, can be messy and confusing – but it promotes deeper understanding and is so rewarding when a learner says “Oh, I get it”.   Give yourself, and your learners, time to reflect on what they are expected to understand.  Although inordinately difficult, try to forget about the targets, the measurements and the scrutiny.  Simply focus on the craft of your profession – teach.  Remember that learners are at the heart of everything you do.   Good teaching makes a difference, but excellent teaching transforms lives.

Bridging the gap

Our aim is to bridge the gap between academic theory and what happens in the learning environment.  We know that collaborative learning helps people to develop but sharing control of the classroom can be difficult. By introducing learning as “messy learning”, and telling learners that it is fine if they make a mistake, we have found that people are brave about “having a go” and are more inclined to take risks with learning.  We are aware that if teachers are to try something new, they need to know that they are supported.  By making tiny changes, it is possible to make a big difference.

We’ve spent some time putting together ideas about wotworks in our classrooms linked to academic theory.  Why not collaborate with us and leave a comment.   Together we can share our ideas about wotworks in the classroom.

Updated:  November 2014