Category: Blog

Is context king in school improvement?

24 April 2018

The EEF’s Families of Schools database provides a wealth of information to help schools learn from each other. In this blog post, James Richardson discusses how it can help schools understand and overcome their common challenges. […]

Author: James Richardson
Posted on: 24 April 2018
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More Than Just Marshmallows

14 April 2018

One of the most famous experiments undertaken in psychology is the ‘marshmallow test‘ by Walter Mischel, at Stanford, back in 1960. […]

Author: Alex Quigley
Posted on: 14 April 2018
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Head in the sand

28 March 2018

Literacy can appear in many different guises. In part, this is because of the breadth the word ‘literacy’ covers. Not only is ‘literacy’ loaded with content, but also with individual experiences: experiences of different literacy programmes, both in-house and packages bought in; of different interventions and their successes and failures; and of individual subject knowledge […]

Posted on: 28 March 2018
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Misunderstanding Metacognition!

21 March 2018

Metacognition – we know what that is, right? ‘Thinking about thinking’. If you probe a little further, our understanding of metacognition can prove to be inconsistent, misunderstood and riddled with misconceptions. […]

Author: Julie Watson, Research-lead: Cognition
Posted on: 21 March 2018
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Running an innovation

20 March 2018

Notre Dame High School, Sheffield, have been awarded three IEE Innovation Grants over the past year. John Coats, Director of School Improvement, writes about the lessons learned so far. […]

Author: John Coats
Posted on: 20 March 2018
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What Can Schools Learn from the ‘Boot Room’?

19 March 2018

Between 1959 and 1998 these six men were the successive and successful managers of Liverpool Football Club. 13 league titles, 4 European Cups and 9 domestic cups were won during this time. […]

Author: Marcus Jones, Research-lead: Literacy
Posted on: 19 March 2018
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The ‘Reading Gap’ between Primary and Secondary School

17 March 2018

A lot of attention is rightly devoted by schools to address primary to secondary ‘transition’. We know that as children move schools it can prove a difficult move emotionally. Therefore, our focus, quite rightly, attends pastoral matters to offer vital support to our pupils. And yet, what if we a missing a vital aspect of […]

Posted on: 17 March 2018
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The Literacy Look-arounds: Part 2 – choosing the right words

13 March 2018

If you are interested in more strategies to tackle vocabulary and the wider literacy challenges of the curriculum, then book your place on our Literacy programme here   30 million – the potential word gap by the time a child starts school, according to Hart and Risley 15,000 – the potential vocabulary difference when starting […]

Posted on: 13 March 2018
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‘I’m a Scientist’ Webchat on Adolescence

10 March 2018

Despite having a degree in Psychology I don’t feel even close to fully understanding the brain, or how exactly it works and impacts on learning. As part of my quest to find out more I attended an online live chat organised by ‘I’m a Scientist’. The aim of their chats is to help all schools […]

Posted on: 10 March 2018
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“Yes, I’m pretty sure it worked.’

1 March 2018

“Yes, I’m pretty sure it worked as most of them did get better” […]

Author: Jane Elsworth,Assistant Director Huntington Research School
Posted on: 1 March 2018
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