Category: Blog

Evidence-based guidance for improving literacy

22 September 2017

One of the challenges when trying to use research evidence to improve teaching practice in schools can be the amount of evidence to wade through, and its inaccessibility. With this in mind, guidance reports from the EEF do some of this heavy lifting for you. And a key part of the role of the Research Schools Network is to turn these guidance reports into training programmes that help schools use them in practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Aiming high for quality CPD

22 September 2017

The Research Schools Network aims to put the use of research evidence into the hands of schools and practitioners. One of the three main strands of its work is training, offering CPD that uses the best research evidence to challenged existing practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Expanding the Research Schools Network

12 July 2017

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, today confirmed the 11 new Research Schools in Opportunity Areas. The announcement doubles the size of the Research Schools Network. From an original project with eleven schools, we have now grown to 22. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 12 July 2017
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How do we overcome the ‘reaction barrier’ of the term ‘Dialogic Teaching’?

7 July 2017

With the publication of the EEF’s evaluation report on Dialogic Teaching this week, there will be lots of people in schools asking the question, ‘What is dialogic teaching?’ […]

Author: Lorwyn Randall
Posted on: 7 July 2017
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The role of Collaborative Learning in Improving Literacy

8 June 2017

Collaborative Learning refers to a cooperative team-based approach to building knowledge, deepening understanding, and developing mastery skills. Its roots lie largely in the pedagogy developed by psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, known as social constructivism. […]

Author: Lorwyn Randall
Posted on: 8 June 2017
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Evidence-driven CPD…. The ‘Golden Thread’ running through the profession

30 March 2017

Roger Pope CBE, Chair of the NCTL and Executive Principal Education South West, talks about the launch of the Chartered College of Teaching and raising the status of teaching as a profession […]

Author: Roger Pope, CBE
Posted on: 30 March 2017
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Memory for Learning: What teachers can learn from one student’s ability to remember a record breaking rap track

30 March 2017

Author: Lorwyn Randall Luke is a Year 11 student who, with little more than the prompt of a kick drum and snare, can remember all 1,560 words of Eminem’s record breaking 2013 track ‘Rap God’. Quite a feat. But perhaps even more impressive is that he can recite every lyric in 6 mins and 4 […]

Posted on: 30 March 2017
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Lazy boys and hardworking girls?

3 February 2017

Research has found that homework can have a positive effect on educational achievement and attainment. According to the EEF Toolkit, the impact of homework on learning in secondary schools is consistently positive (leading to on average five months’ additional progress). However, getting our students, and particularly the boys, to reap these benefits by not only attempting, but successfully engaging in these homework tasks, can seem like a never ending battle. […]

Author: Jane Elsworth
Posted on: 3 February 2017
Posted in: Blog