Category: Blog

Using Digital Technology for AfL

12 December 2018

Next month the Digital Technology Guidance Report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) will be released. Like an eager kid before Christmas I am going to pick up the parcel, shake the box and see if I can guess what is wrapped inside. I suspect that the report will take the perspective of how different […]

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The madness of writing Schemes of Work or how I fell in love with curriculum design

12 December 2018

Why do people keep asking us to redo schemes of learning? There’s barely enough time to plan and teach and mark, so why does any school bother wasting time just shuffling things around? After all, surely whether you teach plans and elevations in year 8 or year 9 doesn’t really make a difference does it? […]

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Memory for effective study skills

12 December 2018

‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’ Einstein Memory is a wonderful trait of human beings. Now, more than ever in history, scientists are unlocking the secrets to enhancing memory and this is extremely important to educators. Memory, as a concept, often is relegated to a minimal role, perhaps because […]

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Working with parents to support children’s learning

7 December 2018

I heard recently that children in the UK typically spend less than 30% of their waking hours in school. Most of us in teaching are well aware that the time we have with our students in school is too brief and therefore it is crucial to make the most of every lesson and learning experience. […]

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Effective use of the pupil premium to improve teaching and learning

26 November 2018

At the beginning of October Sir Kevan Collins, the Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, wrote in the TES ‘We must hold out nerve over the pupil premium.’  In it, he eloquently explains the relationship between improvements in teaching and the closing of the attainment gap between children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds […]

Posted on: 26 November 2018
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Reducing Teacher Workload

9 November 2018

Staff wellbeing vs Pupil progress. Data entry vs Work/life balance. Sometimes these concepts can seem like the Montagues and Capulets, warring factions with no resolution in sight. The workload burden forces many to leave the teaching profession, or not consider joining in the first place, but it is heartening to see it becoming a key […]

Posted on: 9 November 2018
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Supporting disadvantaged pupils, are Summer Schools the answer?

5 October 2018

As winter approaches, some of you may already be looking ahead excitedly to next summer and contemplating whether to run a Summer School. This is a hotly debated topic, fuelled by the fact that the EEF says Summer Schools have a relatively low impact on pupils’ academic outcomes despite being rather costly. This has led […]

Posted on: 5 October 2018
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What is disciplinary literacy and why we need it… and why you should come on our course!

5 October 2018

I am an English teacher. I also teach some Drama lessons. There’s an important distinction there, one I am sure many multi-subject colleagues recognise. It means that (generally) I feel my English lessons are more successful than my Drama ones because I can draw upon more knowledge, make more links and give pupils different ways into the learning. My expertise […]

Posted on: 5 October 2018
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EEF Blog: Grouping pupils by attainment – what does the evidence say?

7 September 2018

Danielle Mason, Head of Research at the Education Endowment Foundation, unpacks the evidence on grouping pupils by attainment. […]

Author: Danielle Mason, Head of Research, EEF
Posted on: 7 September 2018
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Research-led Sheffield: Conference Review

18 July 2018

The ‘Making Evidence Work in Schools’ conference on June 15th featured presentations from colleagues from across Sheffield schools and universities, as well as members of the Research Schools’ network. […]

Posted on: 18 July 2018
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