Diving Deeper

#UKEdChat Session 410 – Thursday 28th June 2018

It often feel as though we only just get going on a topic when it is time to move on to the next one. A veritable buffet of learning. A wide range of knowledge, skills and understanding is important, but so is depth. Afterall, a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing, in that if we believed we have ‘covered it’ pupils may feel they know everything about a topic and never return to it. Box ticked!

In this session of #UKEdChat, we will discuss how to balance depth and breadth, as well as possible ways to get both, and how teachers can dig deep into unfamilar topics.


  1. Do you feel restricted by the time you have to teach the curriculum?
  2. Do you feel your school/department has the balance right between a wide curriculum and looking at topics at suffient depth?
  3. Which topics would you like to teach in more details, and what would that look like in your own classroom?
  4. Are there any topics which you think you teach in too much detail currently?
  5. How can we ensure that learning is scaffolded on prior knowledge/skill to achieve greater depth?
  6. Are there disadvantages to aiming for deeper learning? Is deeper learning required for assessments?
  7. Describe a time when you successfully took learning deeper.
  8. How can we ensure that teacher CPD focuses on deeper understanding, rather than a quick fix?

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