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FAQ → Buyers’ Guide

5 — What areas do the HOW2s cover and how do they improve the quality of teaching?

There are more than 160 HOW2 teaching techniques in the HOW2 library. Too many for us to list individually for you here in detail. Instead we’ve categorised them into teaching strategies to give you an overview of what is covered.

  • Assessment for Learning
  • Behaviour
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Graphic Organisers
  • Independent Learning
  • Model Mapping
  • Questioning
  • Whole Class Teaching

These techniques address areas of Teaching, Learning & Assessment focus such as 

  • Online Teaching
  • Principles of Instruction
  • Barriers to Learning
  • EIF Themes
  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • Cognitive Science
  • Ed. Tech.

We asked our clients what barriers to student progress their teachers faced every day. Then we matched those barriers to HOW2 solutions. Take a look at the resulting questionnaire. If your teachers face the same barriers, then you can be sure that the HOW2s will be relevant to your teachers.


All Leaders, Teachers, Managers and Coaches are committed to improving learning through better teaching. Essentially they all like HOW2s because they help them do their job better and in less time. For each of the above, we have listed the reasons why this is the case. And added a couple of videos. 

Note: by Teachers, we mean anyone who finds themselves in a teaching role. Including, for example, assessors.

14 most reported reasons that leaders like HOW2s

• Increased efficiency (saving time and money)

• See what is going on without being big brother-ish

• Set up & monitor whole organisation TL&A support from their desk

• Evidence how leadership supports educators to reduce workloads

• Accurate alignment to external inspection Quality Teaching agenda

• More measurable and easier to measure impact than traditional CPD 

• Supports a personalised approach to professional learning

• Resources immediate responses to underperformance

• The HOW2 site makes supported accountability a reality

• Creates an intelligent approach to performance management

• Common language and approach across all campuses

• Scalable and easy to sustain

• Evidence-Informed

• Easy to evidence (for external inspectorate) how leadership is focused on and supporting improvements in learning

• Easy to evidence how leadership is supporting full-time, part-time and sessional educators as part of efforts to reduce workloads

• Increased efficiency (saving time and money)

Why Quality Managers like HOW2s

"It [HOW2s] gets their [educators] confidence up because they see it work"

• Immediacy. Management features enable them to set up, capture and share professional learning in minutes, saving masses of time setting up traditional support 

• HOW2s act as a hub for all existing TL&A improvement activities

• Enables them to reduces improvement cycles from weeks to days. 

• Helps them develop and maintain supportive relationships with the educators they support. For example, HOW2s transforms feedback from being declarative (saying WHAT needs to happen) to procedural (providing suggestions on HOW to improve) — providing precise feedback/solutions for action plans. 

• Helps them do their job supporting colleagues to improve learning through better teaching 

• Easy to evidence impact

• Help them do their job supporting colleagues — they look good and can prove they’ve done stuff

• Management features enable them to track use of the materials

Why Teachers like HOW2s

"What's nice about HOW2s is it's there as and when I need it" — Nicolas Quentin, Maths Teacher

• Convenient access anytime, anyplace, as and when needed

• Private space for to learn and reflect individually and with others

100% supportive of and married to professional standards. For example, the app makes it oh so so easy for educators to evidence their professional learning improvements. And how they have supported that of colleagues and the organisation as a whole. Buyers may want to consider the time and effort and effect existing practice in these areas takes. 

• It’s all straightforward to use

• No hidden paperwork

• Answers the most vexing question…” How do I do that ?”

• Avoid professional embarrassment with private space for catch-up

• Flexible learning: alone or with others; online or live

• Find solutions to overcome barriers to progress in seconds

• Solutions all in one place (no need to look at different platforms)

• Provide a common focus for 1:2:1 discussion with coaches, peers and managers

• Convenient access anytime, anyplace, as and when needed

• Private space for reflection

• Supportive of and married to professional standards

• It’s all very easy to use

• No hidden paperwork

• Easy to evidence adherence to professional standards (supporting others and professional learning across the organisation)

Teachers love it because it's so quick!

Why Coaches and Advanced Practitioners like HOW2s

"It's like Gold Dust" - Rosie Douglas explains the difference visuals make to Instructional Coaching. The video lasts forty five seconds.

• Saves time — no preparing of materials

• Help coaches do their job better and make them look highly professional

• Keeps the focus on improving learning through better teaching

• Coach more staff in less time (no time prepping materials, writing up reports) 

• Extends repertoire of teaching knowledge and skills of the coach

• Easy to share ideas