School effectiveness and equity: making connections
This report is a literature review by CFBT of published studies on school effectiveness research (SER) and school improvement research that have ‘contributed to our understanding of school performance and the main implications for school improvement’ (p.6)
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Teachers TV Art Week
Teachers TV is celebrating the arts this week, 30 June - 8 July. Programmes displaying creativity in and outside of the classroom are featured, from music, to poetry, to paintings.
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Literature at Key Stages 1 and 2
Materials from the Subject Resource Network for English (www.ite.org.uk) on Literature at Key Stages 1 and 2.
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Effective Teaching of Inference Skills for Reading
This is a literature review written by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The review focuses on four main questions: Are there different skills within inference?; How can pupils be best taught to use inference skills?; What strategies are most effective in teaching inference skills?; and What does progression in inference and deduction look like? The key finding of the report states that the "abili
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Professional Cultures of Creativity and Care in Performative Primary Schools
This conference paper, presented at the European Conference on Educational Research in September 2008, discusses the findings of a study that focused on the introduction and impact of performative policies in primary schools and the current discourse on creativity. The research took place over two years and discusses whether the effects of such initiatives have had an adverse impact upon the professional cultures of the primary school.
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Transforming Teacher Education: Redefined Professionals for 21st Century Schools
This report focuses on teacher education and was commissioned by ‘The International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes’, which is made up of nine leading institutions from around the world. The report suggests ways to improve the preparation and quality of teachers for the economic and social changes taking place in the world by pooling the experience of the institutes in the Alliance and examining the literature available.
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ITE English - Literature at Key Stages 3 and 4
Materials from the Subject Resource Network for English on Literature in Key Stages 3 and 4. These web materials offer Initial Teacher Education (ITE) tutors ideas for working with student teachers on literature teaching at key stages 3 and 4.
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Teachers TV Creativity Week
During the week commencing 11 May, Teachers TV has a week of programmes celebrating creativity in schools in all its forms, from teaching and learning of the expressive arts to creative approaches to a range of subjects and whole school issues.
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Teachers TV Teacher Wellbeing Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes (w/c 8 June) concentrating on some of the main issues affecting teachers' wellbeing, including stress, mental health, work/life balance and bullying.
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Teachers TV Teen Wellbeing Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes (w/c 15 June) exploring some of the emotional, mental health and social issues affecting teenagers today.
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Exercise to Improve Self-Esteem in Children and Young People
This systematic Campbell Collaboration literature review by Norwegian authors investigated if exercise interventions have benefits for children and young people’s mental health, namely their self-esteem.
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Influences and leverages on low levels of attainment: a review of literature and policy initiatives
This report from the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning (WBL), based at the Institute of Education, London, is a review of a wide range of literature and policy initiatives considering the influences and leverages on low attainment in schools. In the context of this report a leverage is an initiative, intervention or strategy which seeks to tackle low attainment. It looks at the influence on progression and attainment in early and mid childhood, adolescence and early adulthoo
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ICT and attainment: A review of the research literature
The resource is a pdf document, available from Becta’s archives. It is the result of a DfES and Becta funded project to produce a summary of the literature available on ICT and attainment, nationally and internationally, both in primary and secondary schools. The resource was published in 2003. It is one of a pair, undertaken by the same team at King’s college, London and is number 17 in the DfES series of reports ‘ICT in Schools Research and Evaluation Series’.
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Neuroscience and Education: What can brain science contribute to teaching and learning?
This PRE-Online resource is an article based on a review of the literature on brain-based learning research undertaken by the Scottish Centre for Research in Education (SCRE) at the University of Glasgow. It was commissioned by the Education Department of the Scottish Executive in 2004, and published in 2005. It gives a brief overview of the different disciplines involved in what Prof. Susan Greenfield has called ‘the new science of learning’ and discusses how they inter-relate. The article
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What do specialists do in CPD programmes for which there is evidence of positive outcomes for pupils
Following a series of three earlier EPPI centre literature reviews on Continuing Professional Development (CPD), this systematic review of literature focuses on the role and work of specialists in CPD programmes which report positive pupil and/or teacher outcomes.
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An Investigation of Personalised Learning Approaches used by Schools
This resource is a 2007 research report, undertaken by researchers from the University of Sussex, the University of Cambridge, and the London Institute of Education. The report was commissioned by the then DfES to investigate the approaches to personalised learning used by schools in England. The resource consists of an analysis of the current literature, an introduction to the methodological process, a survey of primary, secondary and special schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), an analysis
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The "Oh, nothing much" report: The value of the after-school conversation
This report, commissioned by Becta to support its Next Generation Learning Campaign, is written by Professor Tanya Byron, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health. It reports on an investigation into the role that successful communication between parent and child can have on raising attainment. It also considers the impact that technology can have in improving parent-child communication. The research surveyed 1000 children aged 7-14 years of age prima
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ITTE: Creativity and ICT
The purpose of this resource is to provide high quality guidance material for new Initial Teacher Education (ITE) tutors of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that will help them explore the link between creativity and ICT. It will provide an exploration of the key points and issues, and some practical ideas that tutors can use with their trainees.
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Equally prepared for life? How 15-year old boys and girls perform in school
This report uses data from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to explore gender differences in educational experiences. Student background, attitudes and characteristics are all seen to influence performance. Despite the fact that girls tend to outperform boys in school, boys are more likely to go on to earn more and hold positions of political and economic power. The authors argue that, if government policies are to aim for parity, education could be key. The rep
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Teachers as Readers: Building Communities of Readers
This is an executive summary of the United Kingdom Literacy Association’s project focusing on the role of teachers in developing communities of readers. It follows the Phase I report that sought to ascertain teachers’ personal reading habits, investigated their knowledge of children’s literature and noted how teachers reported use of literature in their classrooms.
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