Active Questioning Plus

David Turner

£245FormatHTML resourceISBN978 1 84070 919 3
  • Get the most out of all pupils
  • Revitalise INSET sessions
  • Now with video case studies and more

Lively, productive questioning sessions can boost confidence, get the whole class involved and deepen understanding. However, teachers must take care to get questioning right if they are to make the most of these possibilities.

Get more for your ask

Active Questioning Plus shows teachers how they can get more from their pupils by making simple changes to the way they ask questions. It sets out the general principles of the Active Questioning approach and then discusses how to apply them using dozens of specific techniques including:

  • verbal cues
  • time pressure
  • word pressure
  • choice
  • teamwork.

Cost-effective INSET

Active Questioning Plus is focused on helping school leaders and teaching staff to make practical improvements. It includes a lively staff handbook and an outline for a fully resourced INSET session – including presentations, handouts and video clips – that can be delivered to colleagues, saving the expense of outside training.

The techniques are ideal both for giving experienced teachers fresh ideas to brush up their skills, and for helping new teachers or teaching assistants focus on an important part of their professional practice.

Now with an extensive case study

The Active Questioning techniques are already in use in hundreds of schools around the country and have been found to be highly effective and adaptable. The new material in Active Questioning Plus takes things to the next level, using a video case study to show how one particular primary used the ideas to overcome its challenges and improve teaching and learning across the school.

There is also a wealth of model resources for teachers to adapt and use in lessons.

A key priority

Ofsted’s latest evaluation schedule once again singles out questioning as a key part of teaching, mentioning it in the criteria for both good and outstanding teaching, learning and assessment. Using Active Questioning Plus, you can help staff to focus on their questioning and make sure they are getting as much out of it as they deserve.

Outstanding teachers use questioning highly effectively

Ofsted, Evaluation Schedule 2015



Principles of Active Questioning

Questioning techniques


INSET session

Video case study