Lessons From The Front 2009
Lessons From The Front is a policy-focused report based on the views and recommendations of 500 Teach First teachers reflecting on their experiences in urban complex schools in the UK in a national survey, focus groups and discussions. The principle findings of the report are addressed in two chapters: the first focuses on developing teachers and teaching though improved CPD, promoting both teacher inquisitiveness and professional collaboration; the second focuses on some wider issues facing sch
Boys who dare don't care: unwanted men, the performing arts and perplexing disruptions to the male t
This paper, presented at BERA 2009, focuses upon boys’ perceptions of male teachers as role models to encourage greater participation in the arts. It is highlighted from the evidence, however, that male role models are not required and that “the wrong kind of man will not do”. What is underlined is a set of key characteristics for the teacher who is ‘better than good’.
UK Child Poverty
Save the Children reports that the number of children living in severe poverty in the UK has increased to 1.7 million, which is an increase of 260,000 since 2004. One fifth of these children live in London. This claim is based on a policy briefing, "Measuring severe child poverty in the UK", commissioned by them from the New Policy Institute. According to Save the Children, 4 million children live in poverty in the UK. They claim that 55% of families earning less than £12,000 or less a year wil
The DCSF Research Conference 2010
The DCSF Research Conference 2010, The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery, took place at the QEII Conference Centre in London on 9 February. The day consisted of a series of addresses, followed by two workshop sessions, and a panel discussion in the afternoon. Carole Willis, Director of Research and Analysis at the DCSF, welcomed delegates, and spoke of the need to make decisions to use money for the best impact in terms of delivering better outcomes, based on evidence. A central
Masters in Teaching and Learning
This Teachers TV resource is part of the Need to Know series; 'the essential guide to current hot education topics'. The 'hot topic' in question here is the Masters in Teaching and Learning (MTL), a new government-funded Masters level qualification which aims to present a classroom-based programme designed specifically for practising teachers.
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on data gathering from 'Action Research for Improving Educational Practice' by Valsa Koshy. When it comes to data, should we talk about gathering, collecting, creating, acquiring, harvesting or nurturing? Koshy uses the term ‘gathering' data is if it were unproblematic. This is one of the weaknesses of this chapter, but it has many strengths and will be valuable for anyone embarking on a research project in their own setting,
Teachers TV Science and Engineering Week
During National Science and Engineering Week 2010 (w/c 15 March), Teachers TV is showing a week of programmes showing innovative practice in the teaching and learning of science including a new series featuring a whole range of science lesson ideas for primary teachers; a brand new 3-part series on urban engineering, and a whole range of new science programmes for use in primary and secondary classrooms.
Whose data are they? Ethics in case study research
Professor Jerry Wellington provides a commentary on a sample chapter on ethical issues from 'Case Study Research In Practice' by Helen Simons. Most people undertaking research in their own school or college will be involved in some form of ‘case study research', for example by investigating their own classroom practice or teaching methods. Few will have the time or resources to conduct a large scale, ‘randomised' investigation - hence this chapter on the ethics of conducting case study work
The Team Around the Child (TAC) and the lead professional: A guide for practitioners
This resource is a practitioner guide for anyone adopting the role of a lead professional for a child or young person, or anyone working in a team around a child or family. The guide sets out to describe the role, its functions, the skills and knowledge required, line management responsibilities, and gives examples of practice throughout.
Language Learning at Key Stage 3: The impact of the Key Stage 3 Modern Foreign Language Framework an
This resource is a report on a two year study into language learning at Key Stage 3 in England, carried out at Cambridge University at the behest of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The study was commissioned to investigate both provision and practice, and was to look particularly at the impact of the Key Stage 3 Framework for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and other recent initiatives with respect to languages, such as the impact of language entitlement in Key Stage 2 a
What role for the three Rs? Progress and attainment during primary school
The resource looks at patterns of attainment of primary school pupils in England in Key Stage 1 and 2 assessments. The researchers monitored a group of children from birth onwards and went on to analyse the pupils’ National Curriculum Standard Attainment Test scores. They looked for evidence of fluctuations and stability in progress across the Key Stages. Amongst their recommendations is that there needs to be a more holistic approach to assessment, one that will include outcomes such as motiv
Responsiveness of student teachers to the supervision of associate teachers
This resource is a paper which reports on a research project carried out at the University of Auckland in New Zealand into the relationship between preservice (student) teachers and the school teachers who supervise their school practice. The paper was presented at the 2009 British Education Research Association Annual Conference at the University of Manchester in the UK.
International perspectives on quality in initial teacher education: An exploratory review of selecte
The resource is an information document, written by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. The document presents an international overview of existing literature on the regulation and provision of initial teacher education (deriving mostly from three countries: the UK, USA and Australia), and detailing a comparative assessment of different approaches in
Peer- and Parent-Assisted Learning: in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Thinking Skills & in Maths, Sc
These articles were originally published as part of the Spotlights series of publications for practitioners by the Scottish Council for Research in Education (SCRE). They are provided as free downloads, by Practical Research for Education (PRE), the practitioner journal of the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). The articles offer an overview of evidence on the effectiveness of parent- or peer-assisted learning (PAL), focusing on the areas of literacy and related thinking skills
Performance Management - In-School CPD - Secondary
This is a video produced by Teachers TV which focuses on continuing professional development activities within Blackwell School in Bristol. The video is based upon the use of a regular in-house newsletter employed by the school’s head of CPD to publicise opportunities to colleagues. Three examples of development activities resulting from the circulation of the newsletter are shown. First, a science teacher visits an interactive science museum to gain new ideas and resources for teaching at key
Connecting With the Arts: Reflecting On Our Practice
This program explores methods for assessing instructional practice. Participants will see teachers reflecting alone and interacting with colleagues to evaluate and refine their planning and teaching. To conclude, the discussion group models a protocol that allows teachers to draw on the expertise of colleagues to refine their practice.
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
JRSE, published by the American Institute of Physics, is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of renewable and sustainable energy-related fields that apply to the physical science and engineering communities. Content is published online daily, collected into bimonthly issues (6 times a year). As an electronic-only, web-based journal with rapid publication time, JRSE is responsive to the many new developments expected in this field.
Medical Innovation 2010: Parallel Session 1
Innovation to Practice: What are the challanges to bringing innovative drugs and devices into healthcare delivery and practice globally?
The Sound of Jelly Wobbling
The sound of a jelly wobbling has been recorded for the first time ever in a soundproof chamber at UCL. The recording is being turned into a soundtrack for an architectural jelly banquet to be hosted at UCL at 8pm on 4 July 2008. The event, run by Bompas and Parr as part of the London Festival of Architecture, will see a troupe of dancers deliver a spoon-based performance to the soundtrack sampled from wobbling jellies and a delicious aroma of strawberries, and will feature jelly wrestling and
Fair Health: Health Inequities Within and Between Countries - A Global Challenge
The 20th century has seen impressive gains in health and life expectancy in many parts of the world – but these improvements are unequally distributed. In every country, poor people and those from socially disadvantaged groups get sicker and die sooner than people in more privileged social positions. Not only is there a gap in health between the best-off and the worst-off in society, there is a gradient in health running between them. This gradient can be linked clearly to social and economic