Improving Subject Knowledge and Subject Pedagogic Knowledge in Employment-based Secondary Initial Te
This paper, delivered at the Annual Conference of the Association of Teacher Education in Europe in August 2008, reports on research carried out by Sheffield Hallam University. It considers the weakness found by government inspectors in the subject knowledge of school based trainees in comparison with those taking the PGCE route. The paper brings together findings from data collected over a one year programme from trainee teachers, school based mentors, school based initial Teacher Training Coor
Physical education in schools 2005/08: Working towards 2012 and beyond
The Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links strategy (PESSCL) was the focus of an evaluation between September 2005 and July 2008 in a small sample of primary and secondary schools in England. These schools were visited by HMI and additional inspectors over the three year period to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of PESSCL in practice, in terms of achievement, provision and leadership, with a view to outlining what the focus of attention should be by 2012 and beyond.
KS2 History – Exploring Tudor Values - Analysis
This is a video from Teachers TV which analyses a cross-curricular (history, citizenship and geography) approach to teaching about Tudor Values. The video lasts for fifteen minutes and presents critical reflective discussion on a taught unit of work for Year Fives between the class teacher and an expert academic researcher, Dr Hilary Cooper. The video is accompanied by downloadable resources in the form of a lesson plan, list of resources, supporting information and related publications.
Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Pupils’ Self-perceptions and V
The resource is a research brief that reports the findings of ‘Pupils’ Self-perceptions and Views of Primary School in Year 5’, part of ‘The Effective Pre-School and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11)’, which was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).
Developing young people’s economic and business understanding. Business education in secondary sch
This is a 31 page report, by Ofsted, that evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of business education for 14 – 19 year olds from a range of different, and geographically spread, schools and colleges during the period April 2004 - December 2007.
KS1/2 Music - Managing Music at KS1
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV programme documenting two Year 1 music lessons, including reflection on and discussion about the lessons between the class teacher and the local authority music advisor.
The influence of context on attainment in primary school: interactions between children, family and
This resource is one of a series of research reports published by the Centre for Research on the Wider Benefits of Learning, Institute of Education, London. The report explores the influence of social and personal development which takes place in home and school environments, and how it may help influence children’s achievement. The report considers the relative importance of four different contexts, or ‘spheres of influence’ on pupil achievement in England at Key Stage 2 (age 10/11). The
Effective Provision for Gifted and Talented Students in Secondary Education
This resource is a guidance document written jointly by the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY) and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). It is intended for all providers of education for 11 -19 year old students in England, who are “responsible for demonstrating a whole school approach to meeting the needs of the gifted and talented". This resource sets out for schools and colleges the general principles they can use to help them plan and deliver effecti
An examination of beginning teacher learning during the induction year
This paper describes a study carried out to examine the developing thinking and practice of a group of secondary Newly Qualified Teachers of mathematics and science during their first year in school, and the influence of their mentors upon them.
ICT for the Non-Specialist - Podcasting
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV video about ICT for the non-specialist teacher and looks at the topic of podcasting. The context is a Cheshire primary school and the video shows the work of a year 6 class in producing a podcast about a school trip to the Isle of Wight and also the work of a year 5 class producing a video podcast in French. The pupils are quite experienced in producing podcasts and the headteacher ascribes part of the improvement in end of Key Stage 2 results to the use of podca
MTeach - A School-Based Masters
This is a video from Teachers TV which is part of the 'Innovations' series. On it, the headteacher of a 1500 pupil suburban comprehensive in Essex and his staff show how the 3-year MTeach (Master of Teaching) course, designed by the Institute of Education in London for practising teachers, has been embraced by the school.
Transforming the young people's workforce: 3rd annual conference
"Aiming High for Young People", the Government's ten-year strategy for young people, emphasises the need for a young people's workforce of skilled, knowledgable and trusted adults. This conference focused on how this workforce is developing as a result of initiatives to strengthen leadership and management, developing a common platform of skills and building capacity in the third (charity and voluntary) sector. It aimed to provide commentaries and expert analysis on these changes, as well as per
Year of Music
The National Year of Music, a new initiative that will run throughout the 2009/10 academic year, was launched in September 2009 by Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. The ambition is to bring together and showcase the wide range of music-related experiences available to children and young people across England, and to encourage each one of them – whatever their talent – to get involved in music. Taking part in music and associated cultural activity can positively
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
14-19 Diploma ITT Strand 2 “with experience” programme: Evaluation of 2008/09 provision
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) Quality and Inspection team were asked to undertake an evaluation of the Diploma ITT Strand 2 “with experience” programme in the first year of delivery (2008/09).
The Building of a New Academic Field: the case of French didactiques
This journal article traces the creation and development of French disciplinary didactiques, a cultural term coined by the French educational system. It may be of interest to those who are interested in drawing comparisons between English and French education systems and pedagogy.
Preparing for Transfer
This is a 30 minute Teachers TV programme, which follows the work of two junior schools in Brighton and Hove as they prepare their Year 6 pupils for transfer to secondary school. The programme sets out to address some of the problems associated with the transfer of pupils from KS2 to KS3. These issues are explored through interviews with parents, children and teachers, and given a broader context by comments from Professors Barbara McGilchrist and Maurice Galton.
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
Young people’s decision-making in 14-19 education and training: a review of the literature
This briefing paper reviews a specific range of the empirical research literature on the decisions that 14 to 19 year olds make about education and training. There is a section on studies which focus on demographic factors which will appeal to those interested in the relationship between macro and micro level factors; there is a section on school level studies which will appeal to those interested in what they can do in their own context to address inequalities; the third section looks at key fe
Evaluation of the Making Good Progress Pilot
The resource is the final evaluation report of the Making Good Progress Pilot. Commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the pilot was launched in June 2007 to respond to the continuing challenge of raising educational achievement. This is an independent evaluation completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP which reports on the two year project and assesses the effectiveness of the approaches used by the participating Local Authorities in raising attainment.