Identifying good practice: a survey of post-16 science in colleges and schools
This report (published by Ofsted in January 2008) highlights observed good practice and makes recommendations for future improvements in these establishments. Colleges and schools (18 in total) who had been judged to be good or outstanding in their post-16 science provision in their previous Ofsted inspections were revisited by inspectors between October 2006 and April 2007.
Teachers TV MFL Week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes (15 - 21 September) looking at what might constitute good practice in MFL teaching at primary and secondary; the impact of the government’s policy for all KS2 children to learn a foreign language by 2010; and innovative practice and projects in the delivery of MFL.
Mathematics: understanding the score
The Ofsted report ‘Mathematics: understanding the score' was published on 19th September, spearing news headlines which emphasise one of the findings, that too much mathematics is "taught to the test". The report is drawn from evidence garnered chiefly during inspections between April 2005 and December 2007 from 192 schools. This evidence, as the report clearly states, played a part in the findings of the Primary Review of Mathematics, published last Summer.
The Influence of School and Teaching Quality on Children’s Progress in Primary School
The resource is a report of research which “investigates the way school and classroom processes affect the cognitive progress and social/behavioural development of children between the ages of 6 (Year 1) and 10 (Year 5) in primary schools in England.” (page i) The research is part of a large research project funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The project was called Effective Pre-School and Primary Education (EPPE 3-11). This project followed the cognitive and
Grammars pressed over poor pupils
As reported on the BBC, a recently published study for the Sutton Trust into the "Evidence on the effects of selective educational systems" suggests that grammar schools are only enrolling half as many able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds than is possible. The researchers also found, however, that 54 of the 100 most socially selective schools are faith schools, compared to 17 state grammars
White boys from low-income backgrounds: good practice in schools
This "report on a small survey of good practice" was undertaken by Ofsted in 20 schools across England, which were "identified from inspection evidence and discussion with local authorities" to be schools "where white British boys from low-income backgrounds performed better in public tests and examinations than their counterparts in other schools". These schools were mainly in areas with high levels of deprivation, although a few of them had a minority of boys from low-income families on roll,
Teachers TV: Coaching and Mentoring Week
A week of programmes on Teachers TV examining the benefits of good practice in coaching and for the entire schools workforce, including the pupils.
Language Learning at key stage 3: the impact of the KS3 Modern Foreign Languages Framework and chang
Produced by the DCSF, this research brief reports on interim findings from the first half of a two-year investigation undertaken by the University of Cambridge into the impact of the KS3 Framework for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and other initiatives on current provision and practice at KS3.
Evidence Based Education: Keynote at the TTRB Seminar in Redworth Hall, Darlington
At our recent refresh seminar at Redworth Hall in Darlington, Professor Peter Tymms presented a keynote address on 'Evidence Based Education'. Attached to this article is the presentation used and an audio recording of Peter's talk.
Safer Children in a Digital World: the report of the Byron Review
The Byron Review (under the Chairmanship of Dr. Tanya Byron) is an independent review supported by officials from the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The review carried out an assessment of the internet and video games, and informs children, adults and policy makers how they might affect young people. The report describes how the evidence was collected, what it revealed, the effectiveness of existing measures, and includes recommenda
UCET 2008 Annual Conference
A report on the UCET annual conference 2008, 'Changing policy, changing practice in teacher education', which was held in Birmingham on the 7th and 8th of November.
Curee/TLRP Research Tasters
This part of the CUREE website hosts a number of ‘research tasters’, which are short articles encouraging practitioners to engage in evidence-based enquiry in their own educational setting through collecting evidence available to them and using it to reflect upon, inform and enhance their own practice. Here, a variety of materials have been produced by TLRP in collaboration with CUREE, in order for the findings of the TLRP and other relevant research to be disseminated to those with an inter
Reframing Literacy: A United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) conference about moving image medi
The UKLA conference was held at the British Film Institute (BFI) on 13th and 14th November 2008 and attended by teachers, teacher educators and representatives from the local authority and the film industry. The conference proposed that ‘media literacy’ be recognised and taught within the wider context of literacy rather than as a separate subject and offered three perspectives: • Leading learning in moving image media education – aimed at local authority literacy advisors • Developi
14 – 19 Diploma Initial Teacher Training: Strand 2 regional network meetings
Regional network meetings were held in London, Birmingham and Leeds on 27th, 29th and 30th April 2009 for ITT sector colleagues involved in the planning and delivery of Strand 2 Diploma experience for trainees. The Strand 2 programme enables some initial teacher trainees to obtain two weeks’ experience of Diploma teaching and learning which is additional to the route to Qualified Teacher Status which the trainee is undertaking. The meetings - which were attended by provider, school and Local A
Rising to the Challenge: a review of the Teach First ITT programme
This is an Ofsted inspection report of the Teach First initial teacher training provision, an employment-based route into teaching based in London and managed jointly by Teach First and Canterbury Christ Church University. This two year programme places graduate student teachers in schools in challenging circumstances with the objective of raising achievement in the schools and providing a high quality training experience. Although the trainees found the school-based experience extremely challen
TDA E-Learning Grant Reports Round Two: CILT
This is a report for a TDA funded project, based at CILT, focusing on the development and impact of e-learning on ITE provision.
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.
The impact of a thinking skills approach (CAME) on students’ mathematical ability
This is a research digest from the DCSF Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS). The article is a précis of the paper entitled ‘Fostering cognitive development through the context of mathematics: Results of the CAME project’ published in Educational Studies in Mathematics (2007). It reports the findings of an intervention project, Cognitive Acceleration in Mathematics (CAME), initiated in 1993. The aim of the project was to investigate whether the CAME approach would accelerate the cognitiv
Teachers TV: The Future of Education week
Teachers TV has a week of programmes, 2 – 8 February, exploring potential future developments in teaching and learning, as well as innovative practice that is already happening in schools.
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