How Learning by Questions Is Changing Pedagogy


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Can teachers really improve results by 30 per cent without increasing workload?

In a period of time where teacher workload is rising, teachers need to find solutions to improve engagement, feedback and outcomes.

Reduce workload and increase pupil outcomes?

There is very little that excites me more than a resource that can dramatically improve standards of teaching and learning, without increasing the workload teachers already face. Learning by Questions (LbQ) offers a solution and Sir Kevan Collins is very excited about LbQ – I am too! The range of available resources draws on over 60,000 questions. They are scaffolded in 1,950 structured, curriculum covered Question Sets to positively impact the lives of a teacher and the learning of pupils, using continuous formative assessment, low-stakes testing and instant feedback.

Completely unique to LbQ, the constructive responses offered by their resources allows pupils to deepen their understanding and embed knowledge, freeing up the limited time available that teachers have, allowing them to focus on time with students who need more assistance and attention.

In the foot of this blog, you can access a free account and sample resources…

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Does LbQ improve teaching and learning?

As if this positive impact on teacher workload was not enough, users of LbQ gain access to the increasingly broad database of literacy and maths Question Sets, eliminating the chore of trawling the web for hours to find decent resources. It’s all in one place!

All questions are automatically marked which means LbQ can save teachers an average of an hour per lesson, whilst allowing them to watch answers come in in real-time. For instance, should a group of students appear to be getting the same answers wrong, the teacher is able to pause the session there and then in order to address any misunderstandings as they occur. This is a much more time-effective method than having to wait until after the lesson and the lengthy marking process.

There is an excellent video which explains how the assessment is evaluated from a teacher’s perspective.

A dramatic difference?

This electronic method of submission is not only advantageous to teachers with limited time, but to students with limited confidence. By enabling students to submit answers privately, those students with lacking self-assurance, providing with a safe space to answer at their own pace without fear of ridicule or embarrassment in front of their peers. In this short video, Year 6 Teacher Cherise Duxbury describes LbQ as fundamental to the phenomenal improvement in her student performance reflected in their 30% improvement in their Maths and Literacy SATs results. After struggling around the bottom of the league tables, this primary school managed to catapult themselves 41 places higher in the ranks thanks to LbQ.

We are particularly excited to visit the Learning by Questions booth at the BETT Show (Stand ND31 by entrance N1). This year, they have been nominated for not one, but three awards for Best Classroom Aid for Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Best Secondary Content and the Impact Award! LbQ’s nomination for the Impact Award at BETT 2020 is a result of the amazing outcomes experienced by Washacre Primary School, Bolton.

You can access a sample set of English questions… and did we mention, that you can register for a FREE ACCOUNT!

With the potential to improve the work-life balance of teachers to this extent, and the potential to put pupils a whole term ahead in terms of academic progress, all schools should consider Learning by Questions?

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