Your best option? Be Mr Motivator

When students choose your subject merely because they dislike it slightly less than another, it may be necessary to make changes to your teaching practice to ensure they remain engaged, finds Ben Wilcox

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As a teacher of an option subject, I have always felt rather lucky to teach whole classes who share my academic first love and who have freely chosen to explore it with me. I have often gained reassurance during times of crisis or creative block from the fact that students had picked my subject.

Similarly, when managing behaviour, it has always been incredibly powerful to ask young people why they would make such poor choices in a subject they have opted to study.

The English Baccalaureate has changed everything for teachers like me. Students, potentially a significant proportion, may now ...

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