Promoting group talk and higher-order thinking in pupils by coaching secondary English trainee teach
The aim of the project was to investigate whether the quality of pupils’ group talk and higher-order thinking at KS3 could be developed by giving additional training and coaching to a group of self-selected trainees. The project aimed to develop the trainees’ skills in planning challenging tasks for pupils’ group talk in English; and in promoting effective talk through the use of pupil ‘ground-rules’ and varied teacher discourse strategies, drawn from research and the participants’ p
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 EPPI review ‘What characterises effective teacher initiated teacher-pupil dialogue to promote
March 2008 has seen the publication of two important reports concerning mathematics education. ‘What characterises effective teacher initiated teacher-pupil dialogue to promote conceptual understanding in mathematics lessons in England in Key Stages 2 and 3', is an EPPI systematic review commissioned by the DCSF. ‘Foundations for Success' the Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel for the U.S. Department of Education is a report that was complied over approximately two yea
Literacy and Enjoyment 1
This video from Teachers TV follows the practice of a Year 2 teacher who has been involved with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s 'Power of Reading' project. It includes interviews with the class teacher and Olivia O’Sullivan from the CLPE, in which each discusses the approach and how it supports children’s reading and their writing. Throughout the video there are excerpts from the teacher’s classroom in which she can be seen working with her class at different stages of the
KS1/2 Music - Managing Music at KS2
This is a Teachers TV programme about teaching music in Key Stage 2. It follows one class teacher and his year 6 class though the first two lessons from a longer unit related to composing songs.
Council for Subject Associations Website
The Council for Subject Associations' (CfSA) new 'subjectassociations' website went online at the end of November 2008 just over one year on from the official launch of the CfSA on 20th September 2007. It is a "voice for the subjects" set up as "a membership organisation" and with support from the DCSF. The members comprise varied subject associations, including many subject resource networks (SRNs), and there are also associate members. The CfSA is a charitable company and, as of this publica
TDA E-Learning Grant Reports Round Two: University of Winchester: E-Learning Platform
As part of the successful TDA bid the Faculty of Education at the University of Winchester extended the use of the e-learning platform to over one hundred and sixty students on final placement on the primary phase, four year undergraduate programme.
Flexible Assessment: English tasks for children working below the levels of the National Curriculum
The 2003 article from NFER PRE summarises the development stages that occurred in order to create optional English tasks. The final versions were intended to support National Curriculum assessments at the end of year 6. These tasks were aimed at the 5% of children who come to the end of year 6, but are not entered into the National Curriculum assessments for a variety of reasons.
Getting Out of the Classroom - Outdoor Learning with Forest School
In a short 15 minute film, this Teachers TV programme demonstrates the impact of Forest School on a group of Reception and Year 1 children from Charlbury School Oxfordshire. We see children experiencing outdoor learning in wet and dry weather and hear their views of the activities. We also gain an understanding of how the activities have changed children, from the perspectives of both teachers and parents. Of the greatest benefit to trainee teachers and teachers, we hear how the featured teacher
Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the Earliest Years at
This is a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It was led by Maggie Maclure and a team in one reception class (4-5 year olds) at four different primary/infant schools in Manchester. The report concentrates on the Foundation stage of schooling. By studying how pupils and teachers interact within the classroom and looking at other influences, it describes how this leads to children gaining reputations of being ‘good’ or ‘problem’ pupils and how they l
Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on children's cognit
This a DCSF Research Brief which builds upon the original Effective and Pre-school Primary Project (EPPE) 3-11, which investigated children’s intellectual and social/behavioural development between the ages of 3-7 years (Sylva et al, 2004). The EPPE 3-11 extension follows up the sample to the end of primary school (age 11 years, the end of Key Stage 2). This Research Brief provides an overview of the latest findings. It reports on the long term impact of the Home Learning Environment (HLE) an
Planning for change: the impact of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum
This is an Ofsted report which evaluates the progress of the implementation of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum. The report draws on visits to 37 schools between May 2008 and March 2009. The new National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 came into effect for Year 7 pupils from September 2008, and carried with it a clear expectation that schools develop a more integrated approach to curriculum planning and delivery. The report suggests that the schools in the survey had made progress in introducing more v
Effective Classroom Practice: A mixed-method study of influences and outcomes
This is the full research report of a two-year mixed method study funded by the ESRC into effective classroom practice in both the primary and secondary phases of schooling. This research, which was undertaken between 2006 and 2008 by a team at the University of Nottingham, built on an existing longitudinal four-year research project involving 80 teachers, and aimed to draw out the key factors that contribute to effective teaching.
How Young People Formulate their Views about the Future: Exploratory Research
This is a 77 page 'exploratory research' report relating to the perceptions and views of year 7 pupils during 2008–2009 about their future education, careers and aspirations, and the factors which shape their thinking. These pupils will be amongst the first cohort to be affected by the raising of the educational participation age (RPA) to 17 in 2013. They will also be amongst the first pupils to be offered the maximum choice of available diplomas.
Young Lives Project: Children's experiences of poverty, adversity and inequality
This talk looks at the work done by the Young Lives Project, a study which tracks 12,000 children across 4 developing countries over a 15 year period trying to find a scientific answer to the question of the causes of childhood poverty
"Facing the Facts" Winter 2008 Quarterly Podcast
Can we turn adversity into opportunity? Yes, we can. As 2008, a year that shook the world and began the restructuring of the global economies, draws to a close, we take a look at the year ahead. Which economies are likely to find it easiest to ride out the current recession and what management tools and skills should opinion formers and business leaders draw on to ensure they provide the right climate for firms to do well? Strangely, not all the news is bad news, as we have been finding out in o
The Future of Brazil
The old joke about Brazil is that it is the country of the future, and always will be. There are signs, however, that the Brazilian economy is finally achieving the stability necessary for it to fulfil its potential. What is particularly intriguing is that this has happened under the leadership of Lula, the former print-worker, union leader and founder of the innovative Workers’ Party, who is now in his second term as elected president of Brazil. To what extent is it possible for a radical
Listen: Grading the Obama presidency
January 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States. Political scientists John Geer and David Lewis agree that it's too soon to judge how Obama will fare in comparison to previous presidents but they can discuss how his transition, political appointments and other aspects of his administration are progressing so far.
The effect of grammar teaching (sentence combining) in English on 5 to 16 year olds’ accuracy and
The second of two reviews of research evidence using the EPPI review protocol that consider the relationship between grammar teaching and written composition concludes that sentence-combining is one effective way of improving the syntactic maturity of 5 – 16 year olds.
(R&DA 31) Improving the Ability of Design & Technology PGCE Trainee Teachers to Teach Designing
This research investigated a deliberate curriculum intervention to enhance design ability and design teaching skills. The research specifically targeted 6 of 29 trainee teachers on a one year PGCE Design & Technology course. Supported by TDA Research and Development Award.