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.
Learning outside the classroom: How far should you go?
This is a report by Ofsted which aims to evaluate the importance of learning outside the classroom. It analyses outcomes from schools where there is good, excellent or rapidly improving practice in learning outside the classroom, as well as Ofsted inspection data. The report identifies strengths and weaknesses in practice, and aims to show how schools and colleges can overcome barriers. The links to outcomes defined in Every Child Matters are explored to show the way that learning outside the c
GTIP: Global Citizenship Education
Extracts from a GA 'Theory into Practice' publication, which demonstrates that geography and citizenship have complementary aims. It looks in detail at the classroom strategies used by teachers who have successfully taught citizenship through geography: most significantly through participatory, enquiry based approaches.
Winners of BERA/SAGE Practitioner Research Awards 2009 Announced
'Guidelines for new lecturers in Teacher Education' and 'A Virtual Learning Environment for Supporting Reading and Poetry' are the winning entries in the 2009 BERA/SAGE Practitioner Research Awards, which were announced at the annual British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference in Manchester on 5th September 2009. The awards recognise practitioners who have demonstrated excellence in the application of research in practice, both in a school setting and in a 16+ learning environment
BELMAS (British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society)
BELMAS seeks to advance the practice, teaching and study of educational management, administration and leadership in the United Kingdom, and to contribute to international development in these areas.
Sci-tutors: Patterns of School Experience
This article from the Sci-tutors website provides insights into the structures and processes developing within an institution which are intended, not as exemplary practice, but as a snapshot of ideas and documentation which others might find informative and useful in their own contexts.
Fade or flourish: how primary schools can build on children’s early progress
The resource is a report which is the final stage of an ongoing project at the Social Market Foundation (supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Sutton Trust). It explores the contribution of good quality pre-school experience to improving the life chances of disadvantaged children and their families. The paper sets out a review of the evidence and best-practice in primary schools with a particular emphasis on the needs of those children who are most vulnerable to falling behind thei
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.
Professionalism, research-informed practice and pedagogy - GTCE Event
The General Teaching Council for England held an event entitled "Professionalism, research-informed practice and pedagogy" on 23rd November 2009 in London.
Improving primary teachers' subject knowledge across the curriculum
This report summarises the evidence from inspectors of Ofsted’s subject survey programme during 2007/8 on the quality of teaching across the primary curriculum in all subjects. It excludes English and mathematics, but includes religious education, PSHE and citizenship. It focuses on aspects of good practice in teaching these non-core subjects and identifies good subject knowledge as a key factor in securing effective teaching and learning.
The Primary A-Z of... - Effective Questioning
This is a programme/video on Teachers TV that claims to combine practice and theory about questioning within primary classrooms, using teachers’ voices. There are links to other sites and a short bibliography (two books).
Sci-tutors: Active Learning
This Sci-tutors article provides an insight into a constructivist approach to learning and teaching; the teacher is a very important facilitator of the learning process. A framework of learning through talking and doing, through reading and through writing is provided, together with suggestions for assignment activities for trainee teachers that could be adapted for use in particular contexts. In addition, there is a brief introduction to learning theory including the work of Ausubel and Bruner.
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
Sci-tutors: Materials and their Properties: Classifying Materials
This unit on the Sci-tutors website explores the applications and implications of the ‘particulate theory of matter’ including both the kinetic theory of matter and the ways in which atoms of various elements can link together to form ‘substances’, be they elements, compounds or mixtures.
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