Category: Blog

What does research tell us about CPD?

1 February 2017

When CPD works well it really benefits teachers, pupils and whole school improvement. It is absolutely at the heart of school culture and practice, so ensuring that it is underpinned by evidence is paramount. I set up the Teacher Development Trust in 2012 to enable more effective CPD nationally and in 2015 we launched Developing […]

Author: David Weston
Posted on: 1 February 2017
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Lazy boys and hardworking girls?

1 February 2017

What does the evidence tell us about gender differences in homework time commitment? 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 […]

Author: Jane Elsworth
Posted on: 1 February 2017
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What Can We Learn from Dweck’s ‘Growth Mindset’ Theory?

1 February 2017

In education we are prone to seek out quick fixes. We are time poor and too often we lack the expert support to make decisions based upon robust evidence. Not only that, when robust evidence does come along, all too often it is quickly proved to be not so substantial as we first thought. Carol […]

Author: Alex Quigley
Posted on: 1 February 2017
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Biased…who? Me?

30 January 2017

Teaching is a helluva busy job. We deal with hundreds of people on a weekly basis, with seemingly too little time and too much pressure. To manage the challenge, we take shortcuts. Shortcuts are wise. When we mark assessments, group students, adapt our lesson plans, we are making quick thinking decisions, often based on such […]

Posted on: 30 January 2017
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Is it time to train your brain?

8 December 2016

Of course, it is always time to give our brain a little workout, but new research indicates that some ‘brain training’ may do more harm than good. Over the past decade, ‘brain training’ has emerged alongside new technologies that have seen ‘brain training’ games and apps spawn by the dozen. Some outlandish claims to the […]

Posted on: 8 December 2016
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We need to talk about Spelling

2 December 2016

Alex Quigley, English teacher, author of ‘The Confident Teacher, and Director of Huntington Research School, York, discusses Cambridge Assessment’s ‘Aspects of Writing’ study […]

Author: Alex Quigley
Posted on: 2 December 2016
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An Interview with John Tomsett

6 November 2016

1. Why were you interested in your school applying to become a national EEF/IEE Research School? Well, over the past few years we have become increasingly engaged in developing evidence-informed teaching and learning. The Randomised Controlled Trial we had already undertaken with the EEF has been so beneficial to our school that becoming an EEF/IEE […]

Posted on: 6 November 2016
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