Category: Blog

Improving communication, language and literacy in the early years

15 June 2018

Eileen Allpress, Director of Ipswich Research School, introduces the EEF’s Preparing for Literacy guidance report and explains how this evidence is brought to life at Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre. […]

Author: Eileen Allpress, Director of Ipswich Research School
Posted on: 15 June 2018
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Has a solution to retention been found?

8 June 2018

Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School, discusses the problem of retaining early career teachers in light of the EEF evaluation of RETAIN: a one-year professional development programme for early career teachers teaching in Key Stage 1. […]

Author: Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School
Posted on: 8 June 2018
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Making sense of metacognition

27 April 2018

Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School, explores how schools can use the latest guidance report from the EEF to understand not just metacognition and self-regulation, but how pupils best learn. […]

Author: Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School
Posted on: 27 April 2018
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Is context king in school improvement?

24 April 2018

The EEF’s Families of Schools database provides a wealth of information to help schools learn from each other. In this blog post, James Richardson discusses how it can help schools understand and overcome their common challenges. […]

Author: James Richardson
Posted on: 24 April 2018
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“….but now they have got that they won’t use anything else!”

3 December 2017

On Friday 3rd November the EEF released its latest guidance report: Improving Maths in Key Stage 2 and 3.
In this blog we will examine comparing and selecting methods – taken from Strands 3 and 4 of the report […]

Author: Mari Palmer
Posted on: 3 December 2017
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Mastery – An explanation drawn from research of current(ish) thinking (circa 400BC)

12 November 2017

On Friday 3rd November the EEF released its latest guidance report:number three again Improving Maths in Key Stage 2 and 3. In this blog we will examine a concept from section 2 of the report: Fluent recall of a procedure is important, but teachers should ensure that appropriate time is spent on understanding. […]

Author: Mari Palmer
Posted on: 12 November 2017
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All things being equal…

3 November 2017

On Friday 3rd November the EEF released its latest guidance report: Improving Maths in Key Stage 2 and 3. This meta-analysis has produced a clearly written and highly focused set of guidelines that point the reader towards the elements of teaching that could have the greatest impact on children’s development. In this blog we will examine the equals sign – taken from section 6 of the report: […]

Author: Mari Palmer
Posted on: 3 November 2017
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Evidence-based guidance for improving literacy

22 September 2017

One of the challenges when trying to use research evidence to improve teaching practice in schools can be the amount of evidence to wade through, and its inaccessibility. With this in mind, guidance reports from the EEF do some of this heavy lifting for you. And a key part of the role of the Research Schools Network is to turn these guidance reports into training programmes that help schools use them in practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Aiming high for quality CPD

22 September 2017

The Research Schools Network aims to put the use of research evidence into the hands of schools and practitioners. One of the three main strands of its work is training, offering CPD that uses the best research evidence to challenged existing practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Expanding the Research Schools Network

12 July 2017

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, today confirmed the 11 new Research Schools in Opportunity Areas. The announcement doubles the size of the Research Schools Network. From an original project with eleven schools, we have now grown to 22. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 12 July 2017
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