Event Summary



Date and Time

Thursday 25 March 2021 (13:00 to 15:00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

In this session, the second in a series of inputs on what teachers can learn from research, Mike Saunders (Head of Quality Improvement, York College) has offered to share his interest in social and dialogic learning. A Teacher Educator and the author of several book chapters and a journal paper, Mike will consider how we can develop a learning environment that values and promotes our students’ ideas.

In a dialogic classroom, the teacher acts as a facilitator to encourage students to think deeply and to justify their responses to each other, enabling them to build on each other’s ideas. This approach is particularly important now, when so much teaching has to be online and risks an over-dependence on the top-down use of PowerPoint.

The session will also include a focus on schema theory; this theory is important because it helps teachers to appreciate the way long-term memory is organised and structured to aid knowledge retention. We know that Ofsted’s current Education Inspection Framework is particularly interested in how teachers enable students to remember their learning; in fact, learning is increasingly interpreted by Ofsted as that which is remembered.

Linking to schema theory are the 7 Big Things we can learn from the work of Lev Vgotsky and how these link to schema theory:

  • Social Development
  • Guided Participation
  • The MKO – More  Knowledgable  Other
  • The ZPD – Zone of Proximal Development
  • Scaffolding
  • Primacy of Language
  • Reciprocal Teaching

Dr Alison Scott (Lead Professional Development Advisor, Skills and Education Group) will be supporting facilitation of the event, so come and join us for what will be a most informative and interesting session.

  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.