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A head of design and technology (D&T) is trying to improve a struggling department. Behaviour expert John Bayley observes a Year 7 class and provides support in this classroom-management resource.

With only 18% of pupils gaining five A to Cs in their GCSEs, there is a long way to go at Drayton School, an improving community comprehensive on the rural outskirts of Banbury, Oxfordshire. Martin Cromwell has recently been appointed to turn things round as head of D&T.

John observes a Year 7 resistant materials lesson. Martin's priority has been improving the teaching of large classes of 30 pupils by working on lesson planning and recruiting a technician to teach Key Stage 3 classes in groups.

John believes he's cracked this problem, but needs to turn his attention to developing the pupils' analytical skills in practical lessons with more class discussion and idea sharing.

In a follow-up lesson, Martin tries to encourage more class discussion. John is encouraged to see the pupils starting to discuss their work informally amongst themselves.

Part of the series: Teaching with Bayley

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