Book: Stretch and Challenge for All by Torsten Payne

Published by CrownHouse


Stretch And Challenge For All Practical Resources For Getting The Best Out Of Every Student








Practical ideas





  • A great selection of activities ready to go.
  • Activities suitable for pupils of all ages
  • Resources to showcase progression.
  • Ideas shared throughout which could easily be adapted to suit.
  • Photocopiable resources.
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Ensuring pupils receive the appropriate challenge within their learning is often an important factor when planning lessons, ensuring that resources fulfil and stretch students accordingly.

Having a bank of resources, ideas and inspiration to hand is what every teacher desires the most, and in his book ‘Stretch and Challenge for All’, teacher Torsten Payne has collected an impressive array of practical activities that can be adapted and used to challenge pupils across all age-ranges.

Split into seven distinctive chapters, Torsten has collected a range of activities that inspire stimulating starters, challenging questions, showing progress and mastering metacognition. Other chapters explore plenaries and revision, along with writing strategies that stretch students.

Furthermore, this invaluable teaching resource also includes activities and photocopiable sections which can easily be replicated and used in a classroom within minutes.

To me, this is a great resource to have to hand as a teacher. When you have to plan those awkward lessons where you are not feeling inspired, Torsten has provided stimulus to stretch and challenge pupils, ensuring that everyone within the classroom will get thinking and be inspired in their learning.

About the author

Torsten Payne is a full-time teacher with over twenty years’ experience. He values practical strategies that work in the classroom and small changes that make a big difference. A regular contributor to teaching publications and national conferences, he delivers staff training across all key stages in schools across Europe.

What the publisher says

Stretch and Challenge for All: Practical Resources for Getting the Best Out of Every Student by Torsten Payne is packed with activities to get the most out of learners in any lesson. If you have a class of 30 students, how can you differentiate so that every learner is challenged appropriately? These tried-and-tested techniques are designed to engage and stretch all pupils, including the most able, and can be used with mixed ability groups in any key stage or subject lesson. If you are looking for ideas which will enthuse all students and develop their understanding and thinking skills, this is the book for you.

Torsten set out to write a book that he, as a full-time teacher, would want to use: crammed full of ideas, strategies and resources – all explained as quickly and simply as possible. Designed to reduce teacher workload without compromising on the quality of students’ learning, the photocopiable activities will cut down on planning time and really get students thinking – ensuring that the students work harder than their teacher! The easily accessible resources don’t require a lot of explanation from the teacher and encourage students to think for themselves; developing independence, resilience and metacognitive skills in the process. Some involve group work, while others test students individually. There is no ceiling on the potential for learning: see how far students will stretch themselves when given the challenge.

The activities can be used at any stage of the lesson and include ideas for: interactive aims, stimulating starters, challenging questions, writing strategies to stretch the student, showing the progress, plenaries and revision, and mastering metacognition. Discover practical strategies to add challenge to all types of lesson, across all subjects and key stages.

Suitable for all teachers.


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