Better lessons support the “green banana” approach

A report from Ofsted calling for better lessons supports the “Green Banana” approach I’ve been developing for my own teaching in public relations.  More varied and interesting lessons reduce pupils’ frustration and improve their motivation to learn, says the report.

I couldn’t agree more – anyone attending the sessions I offer for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations qualifications or in professional training, immediately realises the “Green Banana” approach is as far from traditional school learning as you can get.

Along with my new website learning resource (, I use multi-media, individual and group exercises, mindmaps, sharing of experiences, case studies, toys and games – all to reinforce an active learning culture.  The key to successful teaching according to Offsted is to carefully plan lessons that are “varied and interesting, and to develop the students’ ability to work independently and collaborate productively.” Spot on!!

Rather than responding defensively, the National Union of Teachers should go back to school itself and learn more about the benefits of new techniques that are proven to engage and motivate.

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Heather Yaxley PhD

Dr. Heather Yaxley is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic educator, practitioner, consultant, academic and scholar. As a qualified academic, I teach the CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. I run the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA) and my own strategic consultancy. I was awarded by PhD researching Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with books, chapters and academic papers to my name.