Questioning for Learning

Questioning techniques to stretch & challenge your students

This highly practical, interactive, half-day, workshop provides clarity around the effective use of questioning within learning and how it can be used to more effectively engage, stretch and challenge all your students. Moreover we consider how questioning can promote deeper learning and most importantly support the development and confidence of all learners regardless of their staring points on their personal learning journey. Finally we consider how, when use well questioning can effectively support the principles of a differentiated learning environment.

The need to develop and foster a learning environment that supports both the individual and the group, requires practitioners to think about how they might support and engage students and continuously stimulate the quest for learning. Effective questioning supports this ideal in a way; one that can meet each students’ individual needs whilst ensuring all students are appropriately ‘stretched and challenged’

This workshop explores current practice, identifying what ‘effective questioning’ looks like in the classroom, lecture theatre and workshop/tutorial/seminar situations. It also considers what inspectors (Ofsted in schools and FE. TEF in HE) are expecting from the best educators. It explores a range of activities that have proved effective in sessions and are challenging to all students. Finally it considers how these questioning strategies can be used within all learning environments to maximum benefit.

For Whom
This workshop is designed for Teachers, Trainers, Lecturers and Tutors from FE, Colleges, Independent Learning Providers, HE, Universities, Academies, Secondary Schools and Community Learning. The workshop will also be of interest to managers and lesson observers who are responsible for and/or involved in monitoring the quality of teaching and learning and developing its’ quality.

To get maximum benefit from this workshop, each participant should bring with them a teaching activity they have used recently or observed being used, for example: quiz, case study, game, task, and project. These might be activities they find effective, challenging or just wish to improve the effectiveness of. The workshop uses these activities to contextualise how and where stretch and challenge could be improved and deeper learning achieved.

This 3 hour workshop is run twice in one day with a maximum of 20 delegates per session.


1. Current Practice and Understanding
Session one explores participants understanding Effective Questioning, the approaches currently used, how where and when they have proved effective.
• What is the purpose of questioning
• Reviewing current approaches to inform development opportunities
• A view from inspectors
• How effective are my approaches to questioning – exploring potential pitfalls
• Diamond 9 – what values / importance do we put on questioning

2. Questioning – Methodology and Approaches
• Setting the context for questioning
• Socratic questioning
• Developing ideas around written / oral questions
• Reviewing questioning techniques for effectiveness and appropriateness to learning groups
• Questioning for stretch and challenge

3. Developing activities that work / putting it all together
Session three focuses on the development of activities that will both effectively differentiate and work with your students.
• Think Challenge choice, collaboration for effective task design and learner outcomes – how to write effective questions that build both knowledge and skills
• What will work for me? – Developing oral questioning – practical activity
• Close and recap