Rising to the Challenge: a review of the Teach First ITT programme
This is an Ofsted inspection report of the Teach First initial teacher training provision, an employment-based route into teaching based in London and managed jointly by Teach First and Canterbury Christ Church University. This two year programme places graduate student teachers in schools in challenging circumstances with the objective of raising achievement in the schools and providing a high quality training experience. Although the trainees found the school-based experience extremely challen
Curiosity Kits: The impact of non-fiction book bags on boys’ reading at home
This 2001 NFER Topic (now PRE-Online) article reports on a small-scale pilot project which was supported by the National Year of Reading (1998–99) and the UK Reading Association, as well as publishers and other businesses. This research involved placing sets of book bags (‘Curiosity Kits’) in four Year 4 classes across the country, and monitoring the home-school reading patterns of these pupils compared with four control classes. The kits, contained in sports bags, comprised at least one
The Children's Plan: One Year On
One year after the publication of the Children's Plan, this document sets out the steps the government plans to make in 2009 to "continue to work to make sure that every child and young person gets the best start in life".
Influences on Children’s Development and Progress in Key Stage 2: Social/behavioural Outcomes in Y
The resource is a DCSF research report. It is linked to the Effective Pre-school Provision Evaluation conducted jointly by researchers from University of Nottingham, Oxford, University of London and the Institute of Education (University of London). The findings of the report focus on the social and behavioural outcomes for children in year 5.
PISA, the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment
The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was first employed in 2000. It is "an internationally standardised assessment that was jointly developed by participating countries and administered to 15-year-olds in schools". These assessments have been applied every three years with different numbers of countries participating. In 2000 there were 47 countries, in 2003 42 countries and in 2006 57 countries, with the 2009 tests having 62 participating countries.
Cambridge Primary Review: Towards a New Primary Curriculum
On 20 February, The Cambridge Primary Review published a special report on the primary curriculum, 'Towards a New Primary Curriculum'. This is in two parts; 'Part 1: Past and Present' identifies issues, describes and contextualises current arrangements, analyses the Review's evidence about strengths and weaknesses of the existing curriculum, and recommends what should change. 'Part 2: The Future' provides a summary of the main points, other matters to be resolved, and proposals for reform. Launc
Children’s Well-being in Primary School: Pupil and School Effects
Morrison Gutman and Feinstein published this report with data from their longitudinal study in 2008. It was produced within the context of children’s well-being and the UNICEF report card in 2007. The Morrison Gutman and Feinstein study investigated the pupil and school effects on children’s well-being for eight to ten year old children. The resource includes a succinct background to the study, outlines the research methodology employed and describes the findings with implications for school
Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) - Sixth Annual Report
This is the sixth annual report from the national Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS), conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research. The eight year CELS aims to identify, measure and assess the short-term and long-term effects of citizenship education in schools on students over time. The focus of this, the most recent annual report, is upon ‘Young People’s Civic Participation In and Beyond School: Attitudes, Intentions and Influences’.
Science and Mathematics Education, 14-19: A ‘state of the nation' report
This is the second ‘state of the nation’ report commissioned by the Royal Society and examines national trends in the participation and attainment of 14 to 19 year olds in science and mathematics in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2007. The report is not concerned with subject content or pedagogy, but focuses on monitoring and supporting improvements in attainment, participation, progression and inclusion in science and mathematics. The report reveals that in spite
Taking Learning to Another Dimension
This resource consists of a short report on a curriculum innovation and an accompanying video file exemplifying the teaching strategy and celebrating the response of the pupils. They describe the introduction of Google SketchUp to a class of year 6 pupils.
Survey of Musical Futures
Musical Futures was a three year project, funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which explored different ways in which informal learning practices and pedagogies could be applied within music education. The project built on the work on Professor Lucy Green in her recent publications (Green 2001, 2008). This survey establishes analyses the impact of the project across secondary schools from teachers’ and pupils’ perspectives. The survey provides an informative insight into the success and fai
National Evaluation of Diplomas: Preparation for 2008 Delivery
This is a 131 page research report focusing on the findings of an evaluation which explored the planning and preparation for the Diplomas prior to their introduction in September 2008. It provides a comprehensive first phase report (planning and preparation) of a six year (2008 - 2013) national evaluation of the implementation, delivery and impact of the Diplomas
The Children's Plan One Year On: a progress report
The Children's Plan One Year On: a progress report is written and produced by the DCSF. It outlines in great detail (230 pages) the progress made by the UK government on fulfilling the aims of the Children's Plan which was presented to Parliament in December 2007. It sets out the steps the government plans to make in 2009 and beyond for integrated services (professionals in education, children support services, health services and the police) to work together to ensure that every child and young
Teachers TV Making Learning Fun Week
As the end of the school year approaches, Teachers TV has a week of programmes (w/c 06 July) providing fun ideas to make learning enjoyable and rewarding – including ideas for lessons, outdoor learning, school clubs and whole-school projects.
Innovation - Interlinked Learning at Frogwell Primary School
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV video clip demonstrating “how interlinked learning can be brought to life”. Set in Year 1 and Year 3 classes, it illustrates how teachers can plan and resource the curriculum to bring together different areas under a general theme. One class are shown engaged in underwater exploration, the other in space travel. In both settings, the teachers have worked to transform the classrooms into stimulating environments that reflect the theme and immerse the children i
Language Learning at Key Stage 2: A longitudinal study
These are the interim findings from the first year of a three year longitudinal study of the impact of the introduction of KS2 language teaching and learning in selected schools. It is set out under the headings of Introduction, Key findings, Methodology (outlining the three strands of the aims) and the Summary of the main findings.
Improving Subject Knowledge and Subject Pedagogic Knowledge in Employment-based Secondary Initial Te
This paper, delivered at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe in August 2008, reports on research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University. It considers the weakness found by government inspectors in the subject knowledge of school based trainees in comparison with those taking the PGCE route. The paper brings together findings from data collected over a one year programme from trainee teachers, school based mentors, school based initial Teacher Training Coor
Physical education in schools 2005/08: Working towards 2012 and beyond
The Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links strategy (PESSCL) was the focus of an evaluation between September 2005 and July 2008 in a small sample of primary and secondary schools in England. These schools were visited by HMI and additional inspectors over the three year period to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of PESSCL in practice, in terms of achievement, provision and leadership, with a view to outlining what the focus of attention should be by 2012 and beyond.
KS2 History – Exploring Tudor Values - Analysis
This is a video from Teachers TV which analyses a cross-curricular (history, citizenship and geography) approach to teaching about Tudor Values. The video lasts for fifteen minutes and presents critical reflective discussion on a taught unit of work for Year Fives between the class teacher and an expert academic researcher, Dr Hilary Cooper. The video is accompanied by downloadable resources in the form of a lesson plan, list of resources, supporting information and related publications.
Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Pupils’ Self-perceptions and V
The resource is a research brief that reports the findings of ‘Pupils’ Self-perceptions and Views of Primary School in Year 5’, part of ‘The Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11)’, which was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).