Developing Information Sharing and Assessment Systems
This is a report of the evaluation carried out by Royal Holloway, University of London, commissioned by the DfES, on the processes undertaken by Trailblazer authorities to develop their information and assessment (ISA) projects.
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Arriving and getting ready
Do you get stressed at the thought of an examination? Does the idea of revision fill you with dread? This unit will provide a host of tips to help you improve your revision and examination techniques and enable you to manage your time effectively by creating a timetable for your revision.
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Introduction
Do you get stressed at the thought of an examination? Does the idea of revision fill you with dread? This unit will provide a host of tips to help you improve your revision and examination techniques and enable you to manage your time effectively by creating a timetable for your revision.
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What Should Science Teaching Be About In The Twenty First Century?
First review of the evaluation of the new GCSE course Twenty First Century Science Pilot. Initial findings are inconclusive. This report includes a response to the project from the Association of Tutors in Science Education (ATSE).
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New technologies for effective science education break the cost barrier
The new technology of the title is a hand-sized laboratory system developed in South Africa for teaching chemistry to Grade 11 pupils. Support materials allow pupils to carry out science experiments using their individual kit. Evaluation of pupil attainment and pupil attitudes towards science shows the positive effects of this approach.
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Exploring the evidence base for integrated children’s services
This is a document produced by the Scottish Executive which considers a number of published reports relating to the evaluation of integrated children’s services, and highlights emerging issues.
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EBEA: Lesson Evaluation
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Working it out – remodelling and what it means for schools
This resource is a report of an evaluation of the first year of the schools remodelling initiative, following the National Agreement on Raising Standards and Tackling Workload (ATL, DfES et al 2003). The approaches of six case study schools are considered and some positive effects of the remodelling process are identified.
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Creative Partnerships
2006 marked four years since the start of the Creative Partnerships (CP) programme; this resource sets out to indicate the impact so far through four short publications: Creative Partnerships - approach and impact, Research digest 2002 - 2006, Whole school case studies and Thinkpiece - the challenge of defining impact. They summarise the research and evaluation of Creative Partnerships carried out between 2002 and 2006.
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Evaluation of the Childcare Taster Pilot and Extended Schools Childcare Pilot programmes: final repo
This is a report of research commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Work and Pensions to critically assess the impact and outcomes of the implementation of Extended Schools Childcare Pilots (ESCP) and Childcare Taster Pilots (CTPs). The qualitative research took place in a total of 11 Local authorities in England and Wales in 6 phases from June 2004 until June 2006. The overall evaluation ran from April 2004-March 2007.
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Researching young researchers in primary schools: responding to children’s evaluations of a partic
The Children’s Research Centre of the Open University supports children being active researchers in their schools. This paper presents the views of 10 and 11 year-old researchers about an evaluation of their involvement in research projects. The children valued their unique perspective as well as group perspectives of the process. The paper considers the implications of a participatory technique as a way of representing their views. The author shows the value of listening carefully to children
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Creating Accurate Science Benchmark Assessments to Inform Instruction
This is a report on American research carried out by The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing at the University of California. The aim was to write, pilot test and evaluate benchmark assessments in the form of multiple-choice and open-ended questions in four areas of science taught to Grade 5 pupils (equivalent to Year 6 pupils in the UK). It was carried out using practicing teachers and researchers who were experts on science pedagogy and content.
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Group Work: Transition into Secondary
This report, commissioned by the Scottish Government and completed in 2007, presents the findings of a study consisting of two projects concerning primary to secondary transitions and the use of group work in science activities. It builds on an earlier project of 2004 (ScotSPRing), which found that "significant gains in science attainment and social connectedness between pupils were promoted by using collaborative learning techniques to teach science" (p1). This follow-up project aimed to esta
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The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on Three Year Olds and Their Families
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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
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Every Child Matters - are we there yet?
The Audit Commission's evaluation of children's trusts.
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Sex Education in Primary School in Tayside: An Evaluation of Sexuality and Relationship Training for
This is an evaluation of the Sexuality and Relationship Training for Primary Teachers in Tayside region of Scotland. It was sponsored by the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) and published by them in February 2007. The resource aims to look at a training programme for teachers in Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) and to map its provision in Tayside’s primary schools. The resource details the background to SRE development in Scottish primary schools. It goes on to present the q
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Evolution and Phylogenetics
The ability to compare DNA sequences from different organisms is refining our perspective on evolution. This session illustrates how molecular techniques are now combined with fossil evidence to explore relationships in organisms from whales to anthrax.
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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.
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Ofsted: Making more of music
The Ofsted report ‘Making more of music: An evaluation of music in schools 2005/08' was published on 4th February, spearing news headlines such as "Music lessons 'not good enough'", taken from the BBC website. The report is drawn from evidence garnered chiefly during inspections between 2005 and 2008 from mainstream schools. The report is structured into two sections; the first section centres on inspection findings, and the second part "considers the essential components of effective teaching
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