Evaluation of a Voices Foundation Primer in Primary Schools
A DfES research report published in 2005 evaluating the impact of a one year Voices Foundation project to develop teachers’ expertise and use of singing, in primary schools across England.
Aims for Primary Education: the changing national context
The resource is a survey of research conducted into the changing national context of primary education in England. As one of thirty specially-commissioned surveys of existing research undertaken by 70 academic consultants, it examines major economic and social trends in Britain and how these relate to education. It is part of a two-year project, called The Primary Review, which began in 2006.
Changing Teachers - Finland comes to England - Primary
This Teachers TV 30 minute video summarises the five-day placement of a Finnish primary teacher in a year 3 class in an inner London school. According to the commentary, the Finnish teacher, Johanna, receives a ‘huge culture shock’. She is introduced to literacy and numeracy strategies, the English National Curriculum, unfamiliar primary materials and technologies, a longer working day and the challenges of teaching in an inner city English primary school. She compares critically the system
A systematic review of the effect of nutrition, diet and dietary change on learning, education and p
This is a systematic review of research into the effect of good nutrition on the behaviour, learning and performance of school-aged children. Conducted by the Centre for Food, Physical Activity and Obesity Research at the University of Teesside between November 2005 and April 2006, it was updated in June of that year.
Comparison of Literacy Progress of Young Children in London Schools. A Reading Recovery Follow up St
This evaluation report follows up a Reading Recovery (RR) intervention programme that had initially been carried out on children aged around 6 years in 42 London schools. In the initial study (2005-6), these children, then in year 1, were all reading at a level below age 5. This report makes comparisons between the original study and the follow up assessment that took place at the end of Key Stage 1 (July 2007) when the children were 7+ years old. This follow up study was designed to assess the
The Influence of School and Teaching Quality on Children’s Progress in Primary School
The resource is a report of research which “investigates the way school and classroom processes affect the cognitive progress and social/behavioural development of children between the ages of 6 (Year 1) and 10 (Year 5) in primary schools in England.” (page i) The research is part of a large research project funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The project was called Effective Pre-School and Primary Education (EPPE 3-11). This project followed the cognitive and
Language Learning at key stage 3: the impact of the KS3 Modern Foreign Languages Framework and chang
Produced by the DCSF, this research brief reports on interim findings from the first half of a two-year investigation undertaken by the University of Cambridge into the impact of the KS3 Framework for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and other initiatives on current provision and practice at KS3.
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