Specific praise can help nudge a pupil along the right lines How to use praise to help and direct learning by aiming it specifically at the strategy rather than the pupil. A quick demonstration of this research-backed approach.

Teachers have used praise to congratulate achievement but praise can also be targeted at the strategy as well as the pupil. It can then direct pupils, or at least nudge them, along the right line of enquiry. The approach, which is known to be effective across ages and subjects, is demonstrated here in a maths lesson at Heather Primary School in Leicestershire. Philippa Cordingley, director of the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education, explains that though specific praise can be time consuming it is effective.

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