TDA E-Learning Grant Reports Round Two: University of Winchester: E-Learning Platform
As part of the successful TDA bid the Faculty of Education at the University of Winchester extended the use of the e-learning platform to over one hundred and sixty students on final placement on the primary phase, four year undergraduate programme.
Flexible Assessment: English tasks for children working below the levels of the National Curriculum
The 2003 article from NFER PRE summarises the development stages that occurred in order to create optional English tasks. The final versions were intended to support National Curriculum assessments at the end of year 6. These tasks were aimed at the 5% of children who come to the end of year 6, but are not entered into the National Curriculum assessments for a variety of reasons.
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
Becoming a Problem: How and Why Children Acquire a Reputation as 'Naughty' in the Earliest Years at
This is a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It was led by Maggie Maclure and a team in one reception class (4-5 year olds) at four different primary/infant schools in Manchester. The report concentrates on the Foundation stage of schooling. By studying how pupils and teachers interact within the classroom and looking at other influences, it describes how this leads to children gaining reputations of being ‘good’ or ‘problem’ pupils and how they l
Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11): Influences on children's cognit
This a DCSF Research Brief which builds upon the original Effective and Pre-school Primary Project (EPPE) 3-11, which investigated children’s intellectual and social/behavioural development between the ages of 3-7 years (Sylva et al, 2004). The EPPE 3-11 extension follows up the sample to the end of primary school (age 11 years, the end of Key Stage 2). This Research Brief provides an overview of the latest findings. It reports on the long term impact of the Home Learning Environment (HLE) an
Planning for change: the impact of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum
This is an Ofsted report which evaluates the progress of the implementation of the new Key Stage 3 curriculum. The report draws on visits to 37 schools between May 2008 and March 2009. The new National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 came into effect for Year 7 pupils from September 2008, and carried with it a clear expectation that schools develop a more integrated approach to curriculum planning and delivery. The report suggests that the schools in the survey had made progress in introducing more v
Effective Classroom Practice: A mixed-method study of influences and outcomes
This is the full research report of a two-year mixed method study funded by the ESRC into effective classroom practice in both the primary and secondary phases of schooling. This research, which was undertaken between 2006 and 2008 by a team at the University of Nottingham, built on an existing longitudinal four-year research project involving 80 teachers, and aimed to draw out the key factors that contribute to effective teaching.
How Young People Formulate their Views about the Future: Exploratory Research
This is a 77 page 'exploratory research' report relating to the perceptions and views of year 7 pupils during 2008–2009 about their future education, careers and aspirations, and the factors which shape their thinking. These pupils will be amongst the first cohort to be affected by the raising of the educational participation age (RPA) to 17 in 2013. They will also be amongst the first pupils to be offered the maximum choice of available diplomas.
Young Lives Project: Children's experiences of poverty, adversity and inequality
This talk looks at the work done by the Young Lives Project, a study which tracks 12,000 children across 4 developing countries over a 15 year period trying to find a scientific answer to the question of the causes of childhood poverty
"Facing the Facts" Winter 2008 Quarterly Podcast
Can we turn adversity into opportunity? Yes, we can. As 2008, a year that shook the world and began the restructuring of the global economies, draws to a close, we take a look at the year ahead. Which economies are likely to find it easiest to ride out the current recession and what management tools and skills should opinion formers and business leaders draw on to ensure they provide the right climate for firms to do well? Strangely, not all the news is bad news, as we have been finding out in o
Listen: Grading the Obama presidency
January 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th president of the United States. Political scientists John Geer and David Lewis agree that it's too soon to judge how Obama will fare in comparison to previous presidents but they can discuss how his transition, political appointments and other aspects of his administration are progressing so far.
The effect of grammar teaching (sentence combining) in English on 5 to 16 year olds’ accuracy and
The second of two reviews of research evidence using the EPPI review protocol that consider the relationship between grammar teaching and written composition concludes that sentence-combining is one effective way of improving the syntactic maturity of 5 – 16 year olds.
(R&DA 31) Improving the Ability of Design & Technology PGCE Trainee Teachers to Teach Designing
This research investigated a deliberate curriculum intervention to enhance design ability and design teaching skills. The research specifically targeted 6 of 29 trainee teachers on a one year PGCE Design & Technology course. Supported by TDA Research and Development Award.
Helping pupils classify and tackle mathematics problems
This is a DfES TRIPS digest of some research done in the USA and published in 2004. The research was aimed at helping 8-9 year olds improve their problem classification and problem solving skills by teaching them specifically how to recognise and classify certain types of problem before trying to use their problem solving skills on those problems.
Development of division strategies for Year 5 pupils in ten English schools
This is a short (around 2500 words) digest of Anghilieri’s much longer published piece of research about Year 5 pupils and their attempts to get to grips with formal written methods of division.
What are the effects of ability grouping on GCSE attainment?
This is a digest of a study published in 2005 which followed 6000 British pupils from Year 9 through to their GCSE examinations in Year 11. Prior attainment in Key Stage 2 and 3 national tests was compared with achievement at GCSE, and then related to the amount of setting experienced from Years 7 to 11.
Hidden curriculum, hidden feelings; emotions, relationships and learning with ICT and the whole chil
A research paper presented to the BERA conference in 2002, now available through Education-line. The paper describes early findings from a two year project entitled ‘ICT and the whole child’ and examining the impact of the provision of enhanced ICT resources on a Year 2 class in a UK primary school.
Learning Through Play - Mathematical Development
This resource is a 15 minute Teachers TV programme which reports on one example from a 2004 project involving over 40 schools in Wales that piloted a play based curriculum for 3 – 7 year olds. The programme gives examples of the practices in mathematics of one school’s work with a Nursery and Foundation Stage unit.
Gender and education: the evidence on pupils in England
Described as a ‘topic paper’, this 2007 document draws together a range of evidence on gender differences of pupils from the Reception Year to the Sixth Form, including current statistics, international performance data, as well as research reports.
KS3/4 Modern Foreign Languages - Pupil as Teacher
This resource is a 15 minute Teachers TV programme filmed in 2006 in Holyhead School, in which year 9 pupils deliver a module of 6 introductory French lessons to Year 6 pupils from a local feeder primary school.