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 […]

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Financial Incentives and Uncomfortable Truths

5 November 2016

As a father of two young children, I have learned a great deal about the motivation of youngsters to supplement my understanding as a classroom teacher. Trying to cultivate a habitual love of reading, writing, guitar practice – whilst fending off the lure of inane children’s television in the process – is damn hard going. […]

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An evaluation of TEEP

4 November 2016

An evaluation of the TEEP programme was conducted by The Institute for Effective Education using a randomised controlled trial with over 10,000 students in 45 low-performing secondary schools across England. […]

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Positive progress for maths, but not reading, for a thinking skills intervention

4 November 2016

An evaluation examined the impact of the ReflectED programme on the maths and reading attainment of Year 5 pupils, and also their attitudes towards reading and maths. […]

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Breakfast Time and Beating Hunger

4 November 2016

The prospective President of the United States, Hillary Clinton, once stated: “Home is a child’s first and most important classroom”. For lots of reasons, Hilary is likely dead right. Evidence from the ‘Magic Breakfast’ EEF project also shows that when the basic resources from home can prove lacking – like at breakfast time – that […]

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When Project Based Learning Goes Wrong

4 November 2016

Project Based Learning, or PBL for short, has the power to inspire very passionate opinions in education. For some, it heralds the future of education, freed from an outmoded ‘factory model’ of learning; whereas for others, it is a bright and shiny catastrophe waiting to happen. For those uninitiated, PBL is founded upon some key […]

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Homework: Are we asking the right questions?

3 November 2016

Every student, teacher and parent has an opinion about homework. Researchers too have studied the effects of homework the world over, sharing their insights widely. From Shanghai to Swindon, the complex matter of homework is the subject of debate and, it would appear, some debatable evidence. In a new study, communicated by the renowned cognitive […]

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Check Your Left Brain for Bad Science!

2 November 2016

Only a few days ago, we shared the latest evidence from Keith Topping on the reading habits of our school children, entitled ‘What are our children reading?‘ The interesting findings mooted the issue of young males and their reading – with the seeming annoying habit of them skimming through books. Now, read this blog carefully! […]

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Breakfast clubs boost reading and maths results for primary school pupils

2 November 2016

A randomised controlled trial involving 106 primary schools in England with higher than average numbers of disadvantaged pupils looked at the impact of running breakfast clubs in the schools. Over the course of an academic year parents of around 8,600 pupils were encouraged to send their child to free breakfast clubs before registration. The provision […]

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No clear impact for Project Based Learning

2 November 2016

A team from Durham University have evaluated a trial of a Project Based Learning (PBL) intervention called ‘Learning through REAL Projects’, developed by the Innovation Unit – an independent social enterprise which aims to improve public sector services. The programme involves teachers from different subjects designing and planning projects which enable pupils to produce a […]

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