50 Strategies for Differentiation

How can we put policy into practice?

50 Strategies for Differentiation
from the amazing teachers at Greenford High School

shared at Teaching and Learning Takeover
at Southampton University 19th November 2013

Get the basics right: CONSISTENCY
1. Exercise Books – organisation
2. Exercise Books – meaningful marking, with DIRT – Dedicated Improvement and Response Time
3. Seating plans with info relevant to students’ needs
4. Get to know your students as well as possible
5. Show them you care, ask about their lives, remember their replies
6. Use the behaviour management systems of the school

Obvious, but often ignored
7. Grouping
8. Re-arranging tables in a room
9. Teacher position in classroom
10. Schemes of work with challenge at different levels
11. Homework booklets adapted for a range of abilities
12. Clear coherent planning to teach what is really important, not a moment wasted
13. Listen to your students during the lesson and change your plans accordingly

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My first attemp at using the #7ePlan #soloarmy @teachertoolkit @Hthompson1982


The lesson plan can be downloaded from the link above – please give feedback if you use it, let me know how you get on.  Thank you.

I am loving the new book #100ideas from @teachertoolkit.  This is idea 16 from the book and is using an idea from @Hthompson1982.

I have used the 7ePlan to build upon the knowledge that the pupils have already, in a hope that every one of them can make some measured progress during the lesson.

I have combined the ideas of the 7ePlan with SOLO Taxonomy, I have explained what I am doing and why on slide two of the attached powerpoint.

I shall add my observation feedback below for you to see.

Wish me luck 🙂

This part of the post has been written after I did the lesson described above.

I am delighted to say that the lesson was graded as Outstanding.  Whilst I was pleased with the way that I delivered the lesson, the structure was pretty much down to the use of the #7eplan and the use of Solo Taxonomy.  I think that these two concepts can be used by pretty much anyone who wants to ensure that all pupils make progress in a lesson.

Please comment on how you have used the 7eplan please.


Thank you