‘Children of the new century'
The Millennium Cohort Study has published its initial findings from its second sweep of data gathering. One of the key findings is concerned with children's educational development, with the study showing that ‘many children from disadvantaged backgrounds are up to a year behind more privileged youngsters educationally as early as the age of three'.
Pupils’ experiences and perspectives of the National Curriculum and assessment
This is the final report for the research review on pupils’ experiences and perspectives of the National Curriculum, carried out by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on behalf of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority(QCA). It draws together the work from the six years of the project, the first report for this project being produced in February 2000. A series of annual updating reports were supplied by the NFER to the QCA from 2001–2005 inclusive and this overview
Tackling low educational achievement
This report by Robert Cassen and Geeta Kingdon, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, provides a wide ranging review of existing research and public documents alongside new analysis. The report examines why tens of thousands of young people leave school every year with no or very few qualifications. In 2006, nearly 5% of all pupils in state schools (28,000) received no GCSE passes and almost 25% (146,000) scored no passes above the 'D' grade
Urban ITT: Working with urban schools in challenging contexts (R&DA 2: 17)
The purpose of this project was to contribute to the training of teachers for work in urban schools facing a range of disadvantages. The research was conducted in Manchester and London and undertaken with teachers at the beginning of their careers and the mentors who supported them. 162 trainees were surveyed and eight case studies investigated issues in more depth. The project found that many trainees started and ended their training wanting to teach in challenging urban settings but that th
The teaching of mathematics: good practice (Education Review Office Wellington: New Zealand)
This resource is a statement from the Education Review Office in New Zealand following its study of the teaching of mathematics in Year 4 ( 8 year olds) and Year 8 (12 year olds) in 121 schools during 2005.
The effects of interactive reading homework and parent involvement on children’s inference respons
This resource is a DfES TRIPS digest of a research project investigating the parental role in supporting seven-year old children at home with reading homework. The research focused particularly on children’s inferential responses to texts. One group of parents were given homework and training in how to interact with their children, a second group were given the homework only and a third control group continued with their usual programme of homework.
KS1/2 Art - Investigating Materials
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV video case study. A Key Stage 1 teacher introduces and develops the theme of Materials with a year 1 Art and Design class. In active classroom excerpts, children’s comments and discussions with the Art co-ordinator, planning, resourcing, pupil assessment and key vocabulary are covered. The ‘Investigating Materials’ theme in Art is linked to a weaving project and with aspects of the science curriculum.
Early Years Education - perspectives from a review of the international literature
This resource is an article from NFER's "Practical Research for Education" and focuses on the national review examining reforms for the education of 3-18 year olds in the UK. The review draws on international literature to concentrate on key issues and to critically review existing evidence.
Managing institutional and personal transitions – developing the work in schools
This DCSF TRIPS digest presents one of three research projects on transitions. The study proposes that motivation can be increased by schools giving clear messages about the focus of each year, by teachers recognising the value of pupils’ peer support, and by teachers supporting and encouraging pupil re-engagement.
PISA 2006 Science Competencies for Tomorrow's World – results show UK performance in Reading, Math
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the results from their 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on 4th December 2007. These indicate how fifteen year olds in the UK have performed in science, mathematics and reading from within a cohort of 57 countries.
Working it out – remodelling and what it means for schools
This resource is a report of an evaluation of the first year of the schools remodelling initiative, following the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload (ATL, DfES et al 2003). The approaches of six case study schools are considered and some positive effects of the remodelling process are identified.
NALDIC ITTSEAL: KS3/4 English Teaching Talking 1
This resource from the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) ITTSEAL features session notes for ITE educators to accompany the Teachers TV programme KS3/4 English Teaching Talking 1. The programme shows Year 7 EAL pupils practicing informal and formal types of English as they move from discussion and drafting to writing and performing. It can support secondary trainees to understand that pupils learning EAL will need specific development of their spoken languag
NALDIC ITTSEAL: Managing EAL Primary - Assessing Writing
This National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) ITTSEAL resource features session notes for ITE educators to accompany the Teachers TV programme Managing EAL Primary -Assessing Writing. The programme looks at how Year 2 teachers in a London primary school are using a writing assessment framework, with the support of an EAL specialist. The programme looks at the practical use of this assessment framework for writing which incorporates features of assessment for lear
NALDIC ITTSEAL: KS3/4 English Teaching Talking 2
This resource from the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) ITTSEAL features session notes for ITE educators to accompany the Teachers TV programme KS3/4 English Teaching Talking 2. The programme shows an NQT working with Year 8 EAL pupils to develop paired work and group discussion. It can support secondary trainees to understand the speaking and listening demands of their subject for pupils learning EAL. Session notes include suggestions for pre-and post ses
Building thinking skills in thinking classrooms ACTS (Activating Children’s Thinking Skills) in No
This research briefing is of a project carried out as part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme based at the Institute of Education, University of London. ACTS (Activating Children’s Thinking Skills) was used as the thinking framework. The project builds on a substantial earlier review of the research literature on developing thinking skills. Working with 134 teachers of 8-11 year old pupils in Northern Ireland schools, lessons were designed and taught to teach thinking skills inte
A systematic review of interactions in pedagogical approaches with reported outcomes for the academi
This is the second systematic review using the EPPI protocol in a series that is focusing upon effective pedagogical approaches in use in mainstream classrooms with children with special educational needs, aged 7-14 years. This second review expands the focus of the previous year to investigate the nature of the interactions between teachers, support staff and pupils.
Parent academic involvement as related to school behaviour, achievement, and aspirations: Demographi
This resource is a digest of a paper that investigated the influence demographic background (socio-economic status and ethnicity) had on parental involvement in children’s schooling and how this influenced achievement, aspirations and behaviour. The research consisted of a multi-site longitudinal study of 463 families in the US states of Tennessee and Indiana. The study involved students from 7th grade (year 7, 12 years old) through to 11th grade (year 11, 16 years old).
Making a successful transition to Year 1
This is an article from the NFER journal Practical Research for Education (PRE). It reports on research conducted by the DfES in 2004 which investigated the transition of children from the Foundation Stage to Year One. Part of a larger overall study, this particular research report includes the views of children, parents and teachers and presents the major findings from these three groups.
Making a Difference in Schools; The Big Brothers Big Sisters Schools Based Mentoring Impact Study
A comprehensive research study on the impact of a School Based Mentoring (SBM) scheme in the United States. The efficacy of this ten year old scheme is compared and contrasted with existing Community Based Mentoring (CBM) schemes (based in clubs and community centres around the US) which have been in operation for the past century. Both schemes operate under the auspices of the US nation-wide and voluntary, ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) organisation.
Making Good Progress Series (Improving pupil progression)
"Making Good Progress" has the aim of helping schools, parents and pupils focus on individual progress, without sacrificing other standards that have improved. There have been several reports in the series, and a two-year pilot was launched in June 2007.