Homework with Impact: Why What You Set and How You Set It Matters

This book reveals the types of homework activity that are most beneficial to pupils’ attainment and makes practical sense of the research on homework and how it can be used most effectively. Suggesting ways in which the impact of homework can be improved, this book offers practical ideas, strategies and activities that teachers can implement, trial and adopt in their own classrooms.Screen Shot 2021-07-08 at 17.38.29

Linking current evidence from cognitive psychology on retrieval practice, spacing and interleaving to the setting of homework, the book includes the following:

  • suggestions for effective preparation tasks
  • a discussion on metacognition and how this can help pupils revise and complete schoolwork independently
  • an overview of how we can effectively check homework
  • the importance of feedback
  • how schools can support pupils and parents with homework as well as the importance of having a crystal-clear homework policy.

This is essential reading for all teachers and school leaders wanting to ensure that their homework activities have a real impact on pupil’s learning.

It is available the publisher here and from Amazon here.

Teaching Sociology Successfully

I wrote this book in 2015/16 and it was published in July 2017. If interested, please see the blurb from Routledge below.

Teaching Sociology Successfully is a comprehensive guide to teaching, learning and delivering sociology, not only with success but with confidence. Carefully combing insightful anecdotes and practical ideas with key theoretical concepts on planning, learning styles and assessment, this book is an essential tool for both new and experienced teachers of sociology. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the teaching and learning process – from preparing to teach the subject for the first time to measuring student progress over time – in an approachable yet rigorous way.

This practical guide will help you to:

  • improve your knowledge of specifications and syllabuses at GCSE and AS/A Level;
  • provide the best pedagogic approaches for teaching sociology;
  • think about ways of learning and capacities in relation to teaching sociology;
  • gain practical ideas and activities for improving student’s argumentation, evaluation and essay writing skills;
  • apply strategies for teaching abstract sociological theories and concepts;
  • make the teaching of research methods engaging and interesting;
  • deal with practical issues such as planning and assessing learning;
  • encourage students’ independent learning and revision;
  • connect ICT, social networking websites and the mass media to further students’ sociological knowledge;
  • tackle the thorny issues of politics and controversial topics.

Drawing on the author’s own experiences, Teaching Sociology Successfully helps readers to identify, unpack and negotiate challenges common to those teaching sociology. Complete with a variety of pedagogical resources, it provides tasks and further reading to support CPD and reflective practice. This book will be an invaluable tool for students on PGCE social science training courses, as well as School Direct candidates and undergraduates studying BEds in similar fields.

Available from Amazon: click here.