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Skilful questioning

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Overview

How well equipped are your staff to craft high-quality classroom questions? This training course provides an opportunity to reflect on questioning practice and to explore a range of theories on effective questioning. Throughout the sessions, participants will develop practical strategies and resources that can be used and adapted for the classroom.

Audience

The course is suitable for teachers and support staff from early years to secondary education, and consists of four 90-minute sessions.

Course outline

Session 1 - An introduction to effective questioning

Objectives:

  • To reflect on current questioning practice
  • To review research on effective questioning strategies
  • To identify an area for development and create an action plan 

Session 2 - Bloom's Taxonomy - putting theory into practice

Objectives:

  • Examine the role of Bloom’s Taxonomy in constructing challenging questions
  • Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to develop question sequences and resources for the classroom
Authors: This course was developed in partnership with Britannia Teaching School, a cohort 2 teaching school committed to improving educational outcomes for children and young people.

Session 3 - Questioning across the curriculum

Objectives:

  • Apply a range of planned classroom strategies that use questioning to engage pupils, support learning, and encourage reflection across the curriculum

Session 4 - Developing pupil-led questioning

Objectives:

  • Reflect on the balance of teacher and pupil-led questioning in our classrooms
  • Explore strategies and resources to promote, develop and answer pupils’ own questions

Resources

Courses include:
  • Facilitator notes providing step-by-step guidance with discussion prompts, activity instructions and links to further reading
  • A facilitator log including a checklist to support session planning and evaluation, and to help you identify next steps 
  • A diagnostic audit to assess participants’ prior knowledge so that you can tailor the content and target areas for improvement
  • Presentation slides outlining key concepts and guidance
  • Videos to support activities and to explain complex ideas
  • A learning log enabling participants to reflect upon their learning against the course objectives
  • A feedback form enabling participants to evaluate the subject content and activities in the session
  • A certificate to certify participation in the training course

How it works

  1. Download high-quality materials created in partnership with subject specialists, and quality assured for your peace of mind
  2. Adapt the resources to meet the needs of your school and staff
  3. Deliver engaging training with confidence, with the support of comprehensive facilitator guidance 
  4. Evaluate the impact of your training to identify areas where staff need further support