In an era when schools and teachers frequently seem to operate at one hundred miles an hour, Teaching Backwards offers a more reflective and measured approach to teaching and learning. Where many teachers center of attention on delivering content in a linear fashion, those who teach backwards start with the end in mind. Which means they know prematurely what levels of knowledge, attitude, skills and habits they expect their learners to succeed in, they define and demystify ambitious goals, and they establish their students’ starting points before they start to plan and teach. Teaching Backwards ensures that learners consistently make great progress over the years, and offers a practical, hands-on manual for teachers to further develop their attitudes, skills and habits of excellence both for themselves and for their learners. This book is the follow-up to the most efficient-selling Outstanding Teaching: Engaging Learners. It is in keeping with the analysis of thousands of hours of primary and secondary lessons, a part of Osiris Education’s Outstanding Teaching Intervention programme over the past seven years.