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.
Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP): Impact and significance
These resources, including four research briefings, are published by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) as it draws close to its conclusion in September 2009, and are entitled: ‘Impact and significance’, '‘Evidence based policy’: What evidence? What basis? Whose policy?', ‘Assessment of significant learning outcomes’, ‘Making a difference: Collaborating with users to develop educational research’ and ‘Transparency in planning, warranting and interpreting resear
Language Learning Provision at Key Stage 2: Findings from the 2007 Survey
This is the DCSF funded statistical report “of the nature and extent of language learning provision at Key Stage 2 (KS2) in schools in England”, conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). Additionally, it tracks the progress of the 2010 target of the introduction of the KS2 entitlement to language learning within class time. It cites statistical evidence to support its findings.
Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?
This is a report by Ofsted which aims to evaluate the importance of learning outside the classroom. It analyses outcomes from schools where there is good, excellent or rapidly improving practice in learning outside the classroom, as well as Ofsted inspection data. The report identifies strengths and weaknesses in practice, and aims to show how schools and colleges can overcome barriers. The links to outcomes defined in Every Child Matters are explored to show the way that learning outside the c
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
Excellence in Supporting Applied Learning
This is a report commissioned by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) which draws on the practice of programmes such as Increased Flexibility and 14-19 Pathfinders in order to focus on current and likely future developments in applied learning which will underpin the implementation of Diploma qualifications. The report includes a literature review as well as empirical data drawn from interviews with key stakeholders across the field, including senior managers and advisors. The report also includes a brie
Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments: First Results from TALIS
This report presents the first findings of an international, collaborative programme of TALIS (Teaching and Learning International Survey) reviews of education systems within OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. Its focus is on the provision of lower secondary education in both the public and private spheres across the 23 participating countries. The initial remit embraces an investigation of the professional development of teachers, their practices, beliefs a
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
Sci-tutors: Out-of-School Learning
This article from the Sci-tutors website embraces the value of linking classroom learning meaningfully to out-of-school activity. From a teacher's perspective this may include setting homework, organising visits to museums, fieldwork, industrial/work placements, science clubs etc.
Web 2.0 technologies for learning at KS3 and KS4 - Project overview
This resource presents the outcomes of a review of the place of Web 2.0 technologies in Key Stages 3 and 4. The review was carried out for Becta (the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) by the University of Nottingham in conjunction with London Knowledge Lab and Manchester Metropolitan University. In addition to outlines of the issues on the website, there are five downloadable reports plus two summaries and a set of supplementary materials:
Impact 2007: Personalising learning with technology
The Becta "Impact 2007: Personalising learning with technology" report draws upon responses from 450 teachers and 3,300 pupils in 67 primary and secondary schools. It establishes the connections between ICT e-maturity and school performance; it reports upon the teachers’ and pupils’ perceptions of personalising learning; it identifies aspects of personalised learning in action; and the role of VLEs in personalisation.
ESOL in the post-compulsory learning and skills sector: an evaluation
This Ofsted survey evaluates the quality of provision of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) offered in the post-compulsory learning and skills sector and reports on the programmes available to learners. It is the outcome of visits between September 2007 and March 2008 to 14 further education (FE) colleges, eight adult and community learning providers, five independent work-based learning providers, and one learndirect provider. In addition, the survey draws on the results of a survey
An examination of beginning teacher learning during the induction year
This paper describes a study carried out to examine the developing thinking and practice of a group of secondary Newly Qualified Teachers of mathematics and science during their first year in school, and the influence of their mentors upon them.
citizED: International Journal: Citizenship Teaching and Learning
International journal focusing on theoretical and professional issues concerning education for citizenship and democracy.
Personalised Learning – A Practical Guide
This was launched by the DCSF in October 2008 to provide school leaders, School Improvement Partners and teachers with a guide showing how to implement key aspects of personalised learning. The guide makes substantial links to The Children’s Plan (DCSF, 2007) where the vision is of 21st century schools delivering excellent, personalised learning.
Being the best for our children: Releasing talent for teaching and learning
This is an information-giving document dated March 2008 from the Department of Children, Schools and Families. It presents the Government’s planned approaches towards developing the workforce in schools.
Sci-tutors: Active Learning
This Sci-tutors article provides an insight into a constructivist approach to learning and teaching; the teacher is a very important facilitator of the learning process. A framework of learning through talking and doing, through reading and through writing is provided, together with suggestions for assignment activities for trainee teachers that could be adapted for use in particular contexts. In addition, there is a brief introduction to learning theory including the work of Ausubel and Bruner.
Botanic Gardens as Environments for Learning
This is a report for teachers from a project looking at the educational opportunities offered by Botanic gardens. The work at King’s College London was funded by the National Science Foundation. The report provides background knowledge on why plants matter, on science concepts, on the roles of botanic gardens, on research on teaching about plants, and on types of visits and possible outcomes. Case studies show the variety of learning that pupils might gain from visits. The report ends with sug
Music-ITE: Cross curricular teaching and learning at KS3
This resource on the Music-ITE website provides an example of a whole day session for Music and History students on an 11-18 PGCE programme which was devised to promote effective cross-curricular, collaborative teaching and learning.
Emerging Technologies for Learning
This is the first volume of a Becta (2006) review of emerging technologies in education. It contains five articles by different authors, each outlining current and possible future trends in technology that are likely to have some impact on educational policy and practice in the relatively near future. There is considerable overlap in the content of the five articles, but five different emphases or perspectives are presented.