citizED: Thinking Skills in the Citizenship Classroom
A set of thinking skills posters on the citizED website, designed by a secondary teacher to be used by pupils to help extend their citizenship skills. The posters come with ideas for use, including lesson plans, schemes of work and examples of pupil work.
Q16: the professional skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technolo
From September 2008, all relevant skills tests must be successfully completed by trainees before QTS can be awarded. The TDA has put together the attached text to provide some background to the tests, and information about recent changes to the format, and disability arrangements.
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
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".
Poetry Archive is an on line resource which will be invaluable to English teachers across all phases. The poetry on the site would delight the very young, with poems by the like of Spike Milligan and Roald Dahl, as well as students, teachers and language enthusiasts, and is easily signposted and navigated. Poems appear from young contemporary poets (such as Andrew Fusek Peters) to historical figures such as Browning, meaning that there is something for everyone. It provides not only poems in wri
Report on Learning and Technology World Forum
The first ever Learning and Technology World Forum, 12-14 January 2009, was organised by Becta (the UK government's lead agency on supporting technology in education) on behalf of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
TDA Response to the Byron Report: Safer Children in a Digital World: the report of the Byron Review
In September 2007, Dr Byron was asked by the prime minister to conduct an independent review looking at the risks to children from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate material on the internet and in video games. As part of the final publication of the report, which is reviewed on the TTRB, a number of recommendations were made to the TDA. This document outlines the progress that has been made in relation to these recommendations and the activities that are currently underway.
The Extra Mile: How schools succeed in raising aspirations in deprived communities
The resource is a DCSF document produced largely as a project brief for “the ‘extra mile’ trial”. The project runs from July 2008 until summer 2009. The document sets out twelve activities that schools bidding to be part of the project may decide to focus upon. The final part of the document outlines information for trial schools and annexes to support application, which had to be completed by July 2008.
The Economics, Business and Enterprise Association (EBEA) Learning Website
This is a whole section of the EBEA website and provides recommendations for approaches to teaching different aspects of the business, economics and enterprise curriculum. It also provides exemplar lesson plans with rationales, suggestions for further reading, revision strategies and website links. The lessons, which are supported with an article entitled 'Why teach this way?', are particularly designed to help the development process.
Towards Expansive Apprenticeships, a commentary by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme
This commentary is a contribution to the public debate on apprenticeships and on the government’s plans for the continued improvement of apprenticeship provision.
NALDIC ITTSEAL: Making Maths curriculum more accessible: Strategies for children learning EAL
There are certain activities especially those relating to vocabulary associated with abstract concepts (e.g. problem solving) that some pupils learning EAL find challenging. We also know that all children develop their mathematical skills more when involved in inclusive collaborative activities, especially those that invite active participation. The key aim in this short guidance is to explore the role of children’s first languages in developing their understanding of abstract mathematical con
Closing the gap between boys’ and girls’ attainment in school
This report by Estyn, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government, presents findings from 2006-2008 relating to closing the gap between boys' and girls' attainment in schools. It is based on inspection reports and/or investigating schools with high GCSE results for boys and girls, data and document scrutiny, and what is described as "a review of recent research".
TDA Standards case study: Communicating and working with others
A case study charting the experiences of trainees on a primary undergraduate programme, including the ways in which the provider tailored provision to embed development of trainees' collaboration and communication skills.
Teachers Matter: Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers: Overview
This resource is a report published by the OECD focusing on the preparation, recruitment, work and careers of teachers. It is an overview document based on a major study of teacher policy carried out between 2002-4 involving responses from 25 countries around the world, including the UK. It would be of interest to ITE tutors and student teachers as it raises a number of important issues that are of international concern, but which can also be directly linked to current educational policy initiat
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
A Systematic Review of the Research Literature on the Use of Phonics in the Teaching of Reading and
This is a systematic review of experimental research on the use of phonics instruction in the teaching of reading and spelling commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills. It is based on evidence from randomised control trials, only one of which was UK based. The children studied were mostly between five and seven years of age and all studies were concerned with the initial teaching of reading and in some cases, spelling.
The development of pupils' reading comprehension skills during the first six school years
This paper is a summary of the author’s research into children’s development of comprehension skills across the first six years of their schooling in Finland. It begins with a very helpful overview of research which considers the nature of comprehension and presents some of the findings of this longitudinal study of primary school children from a baseline assessment conducted when they began first grade, aged 6 or 7 years and tested at different times during the next five years.
TDA Standards case study: Planning for Creativity in the Curriculum of Initial Teacher Education Pro
A case study charting the experiences of trainees on initial teacher training programmes, including the ways in which the provider tailored provision to support trainees in developing creative lesson planning skills.
Leading Sustainable Schools
The research document produced for NCSL looks into sustainability in schools, how these schools are being lead in a successful sustainable manner and the barriers that can prevent success. This document attempts to consider the issue of leadership for sustainability within the context of the wide spread changes in the English education system including buildings and grounds, curriculum and assessment, the relationship between schools and their local communities, the merging of education and chi
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’.