Category: Blog

Making the Pupil Premium work for all

16 March 2018

According to the Fabian Society, the number of children in poverty will increase from 2.5 million today to 4.4 million by Christmas 2030. […]

Posted on: 16 March 2018
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Lesson study? Understanding what you measure

9 March 2018

In this guest post, Sarah Seleznyov, Bespoke Programme Leader, London Centre for Leadership in Learning at UCL Institute of Education, discusses the EEF’s Lesson Study evaluation report […]

Author: Sarah Seleznyov
Posted on: 9 March 2018
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Developing Reading for Pleasure in School

6 March 2018

If you want to enrich your school’s practice, make stronger links with parents around reading and ensure all staff are well positioned to nurture life-long readers, then make use of the research-informed site, created by the Open University based upon the OU/UKLA research project, Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Readers (TaRs). […]

Posted on: 6 March 2018
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What we were reading over half term

20 February 2018

For those who may have had a week off from reading education news over half term, do check this out from Professor Rob Coe, Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at the University of Durham.   He covers the unreliability of lesson observation and suggests alternative ways to assess teacher effectiveness. https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/fact-teaching-just-a-difficult-thing-judge […]

Posted on: 20 February 2018
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Cherry picking or broad vistas: Using research evidence to improve outcomes for vulnerable learners.

3 February 2018

The main thing I have learned from working with schools on improving outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable learners is that there is no magic elixir. There is no sledgehammer that can break the shackles of underachievement in vulnerable groups. […]

Author: Marc Rowland
Posted on: 3 February 2018
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Opinion: Marc Rowland on working with parents

15 December 2017

When I started secondary school, some time ago, I was hauled into the headteacher’s office (for a crime I obviously didn’t commit). The head promptly told me ‘your mother was just as bad’. […]

Author: Marc Rowland,
Posted on: 15 December 2017
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Reflections on the EEF report into Lesson Study published in November 2017

7 December 2017

Esther Gee, Acting Deputy Headteacher from Rosendale Primary School, reflects on the key findings of the EEF’s recent report into Lesson Study in the context of her own work in this area over the last three years. […]

Posted on: 7 December 2017
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Disciplined Enquiry: Does the duration and frequency of French lessons matter to pupil outcomes?

1 December 2017

I was asked to conduct a research project into the attainment in and retention of Modern Foreign Languages. After careful consideration, I decided to compare the effectiveness of teaching one long lesson a week compared with three shorter sessions […]

Author: Miriam Paridjanian, French teacher Rosendale Primary School.
Posted on: 1 December 2017
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Innovation = Ambition + Change + Delivery

24 November 2017

Roy Blatchford reflects on innovation in the context of education leadership and policymaking… A defining characteristic of our age is that the extraordinary becomes the commonplace, at a faster and faster rate. The near horizon is being transformed before our eyes. The tech FAANGs – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – are busy shaping […]

Author: Roy Blatchford CBE
Posted on: 24 November 2017
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Astronauts, leadership and lesson study.

16 November 2017

School holidays are one of the few opportunities to catch up on some reading – a little bit of ‘trash’ (usually a crime thriller), some children’s fiction (Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, which made me cry so hard at the end that my family came to find out what on earth was the matter) and something […]

Author: Kate Atkins
Posted on: 16 November 2017
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