Category: Blog

“Closing the Vocabulary Gap” at Silverdale

24 May 2018

During the past academic year, vocabulary has become a core focus at Silverdale Secondary School in Sheffield. The idea that vocabulary is a corollary of success and life chances cannot be ignored, and it is the school’s intention to make sure that “academic literacy” is on all our improvement plans, and a key part of […]

Posted on: 24 May 2018
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Sheffield CPD Challenge

30 April 2018

Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University is recruiting schools to take part in the Wellcome Trust’s CPD Challenge.  This is an opportunity to make a difference to educational policy and practice on a national level. Sheffield has been chosen as the only area of the country in which this pilot study will run. Over two […]

Posted on: 30 April 2018
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New Guidance On How To Develop Pupils’ Metacognitive Knowledge and Skills

27 April 2018

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published its latest guidance report, designed to support teachers in changing their classroom practice to improve their pupils’ metacognitive skills – in short, theirability to plan, monitor and evaluate their own academic progress so they become better at learning and studying. Evidence suggests the use of ‘metacognitive strategies’ –which […]

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Literacy Reading List

27 April 2018

Literacy: possibly the most research rich area of education. In many ways this is a splendid thing, reflecting the importance of the topic to pupils across the country. However, it can also seem like an overwhelming amount of information is out there, making us unsure of where to start. To that end, here is a […]

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Making Sense of Metacognition

27 April 2018

In a couple of weeks, year 6 pupils will be sitting down to SATs examinations and in secondary schools, A Level and GCSE exams will start in earnest. Teachers everywhere are concentrating upon supporting our pupils to do their very best in challenging circumstances. Every teacher knows that the seeds of examination success are sown […]

Posted on: 27 April 2018
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Making sense of metacognition

27 April 2018

Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School, explores how schools can use the latest guidance report from the EEF to understand not just metacognition and self-regulation, but how pupils best learn. […]

Author: Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School
Posted on: 27 April 2018
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Where to start with your literacy reading

26 April 2018

Literacy: possibly the most research rich area of education. In many ways this is a splendid thing, reflecting the importance of the topic to pupils across the country. However, it can also seem like an overwhelming amount of information is out there, making us unsure of where to start. To that end, here is a […]

Posted on: 26 April 2018
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Making evidence work in schools: Sheffield conference

26 April 2018

Evidence in education. It’s a thing now. Bids for school funding must include it; good CPD training will reference it; individual classroom teachers are getting interested in it. But the ‘thing’, the ‘it’, the ‘evidence’ can still seem an unwieldy behemoth with no easy point of access. So we offer to you our ‘Making Evidence […]

Posted on: 26 April 2018
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Gain time

25 April 2018

Eyes on the prize. Just a few weeks to go. A lesson countdown in operation. Furiously putting the finishing touches to year 6 and 11 classes. Just think of the gain time afterwards! At this time of year, gain time can take on almost mythical proportions – the shimmering oasis in the distance. However it […]

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Why Closing the ‘Word Gap’ Matters

25 April 2018

As a teacher who writes about the importance of literacy and vocabulary – and one who works with countless teachers across the country – I find myself talking repeatedly about the issue of the ‘word gap’ in our classrooms. Again and again, I am faced with the glaring examples of the problem that many of […]

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