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.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum. Increased flexibility and work-related learning
This is a report of the second year of the Ofsted survey on how well schools and colleges are responding to changes in the Key Stage 4 curriculum, particularly work-related learning.
When You Are Born Matters: The Impact of Date of Birth on Child
This is a report of research published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies designed to investigate two key issues: • What are the factors behind the comparatively poor academic achievement in cognitive tests of the youngest children in each school year cohort? • Should something be done about this disparity and if so what?
Researching young researchers in primary schools: responding to children’s evaluations of a partic
The Children’s Research Centre of the Open University supports children being active researchers in their schools. This paper presents the views of 10 and 11 year-old researchers about an evaluation of their involvement in research projects. The children valued their unique perspective as well as group perspectives of the process. The paper considers the implications of a participatory technique as a way of representing their views. The author shows the value of listening carefully to children
Creating Accurate Science Benchmark Assessments to Inform Instruction
This is a report on American research carried out by The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at the University of California. The aim was to write, pilot test and evaluate benchmark assessments in the form of multiple-choice and open-ended questions in four areas of science taught to Grade 5 pupils (equivalent to Year 6 pupils in the UK). It was carried out using practicing teachers and researchers who were experts on science pedagogy and content.
The impact of 14-16 year olds on further education colleges
This report examined colleges’ practical strategies and issues for integrating 14–16 year-old learners into the more traditional profile of FE. It is based on case studies of five colleges. The aim of this research was to explore the impact that 14–16 year olds have on FE colleges, their staff and older learners, to examine the strategies that FE colleges and their staff used to integrate 14–16 year olds successfully into their institutions and to identify the issues that remained to be
Primary Languages in Initial Teacher Training
Published by Ofsted in January 2008, this report into Primary Languages in Initial Teacher Training seeks to extrapolate the key points of a a survey of ITT providers conducted by Ofsted during the academic year 2006/7. This report identifies good practice as well as areas of concern for training providers, school partners and trainees. Of the 30 established providers of Primary Languages, 10 were visited twice during the academic year 2006/7 whilst a further 19 took part in a telephone survey.
Students' experiences of ‘researching’ in different subjects
This resource appeared in November 2006 in Practical Research for Education, the NFER publication for teachers. It is a reprint of a 2005 article from a new Zealand Journal Research Information for Teachers. This study was carried out in New Zealand with Year 11, 12 and 13 students. The aim was to collect student views of their experiences of research (identifying, interpreting and analysing information on their own or in a group) in different subjects and different types of courses.