Research in Brief

Research in Brief 2018-01-18T08:29:34+00:00

Research in brief

We put together regular information to promote and encourage research and development in schools.  The research in brief documents are one-page summaries of research journals that gives you the main points and arguments from the full document, giving you information to be able to implement changes in your practice, or to spark your interest to access the full document.

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High Impact Homework
Homework has been shown to have a positive impact on progress, but the way that it is set is important in determining how much of an impact it has.


Developing Effective Learners
Using a variety of strategies to help your students become self-motivated and raise their attainment.


Character Building
Non-cognitive skills are thought to be as important as, or even more important than, cognitive skills in academic and employment outcomes. How can we use these in our lessons to motivate students and promote success?


Knowledge and Teaching
Research has shown facilitative teaching may not be the most effective way to develop students’ learning. Instructional teaching could be the way forward in developing better understanding.


Testing to Improve Learning
Testing to assess or testing to learn? Studying followed by testing was more effective on long term retention than repeated studying, demonstrating the wider benefits of assessment.

Practice Makes Perfect
Making feedback effective to the whole class.

Looking After Looked-After Children
Exploring the educational experiences of looked-after children.

Getting Started With Research This Year
What accounts for discrepancies in teachers’ attitudes towards evidence use and actual instances of evidence use in schools?

Does persistent absence affect disadvantaged pupils more than advantaged pupils?
Most educators believe that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds or attending a more disadvantaged school are less likely to do well, what this study tells us, however, is that ‘the effects of absence on achievement appear to be larger for students attending more advantaged schools, and students with higher levels of prior attainment.

What is the Chartered College of Teaching and What can it do for me?
The Chartered College aims to become an independent voice for the teaching profession. Membership is only £45 a year and is free for trainee teachers, but what does that money get you and what are their plans for the future?

How do I help my pupils revise for their exams?
A mixture of tried and tested, and ‘cringey’ new ways to help your students get the most out of their revision time.

How can I plan successful interventions?
Ensure that the time and effort put into interventions makes them as successful for each student/ pupil as possible with evidence based advice.

What is SOLO Taxonomy and how can it help me plan my lessons?
How using SOLO taxonomy as a guide at the beginning stages of planning a lesson or scheme of work then adapting as the learners, and specification, can help with effective planning.

How can I use inquiry-based and creative activities in Mathematics and numeracy based lessons?
Ways to make mathematics lessons more inquiry based and creative using different planning and assessment techniques.

What doesn’t work in education
Dispelling educational myths including smaller class sizes and giving all pupils a VAK style

Working with other adults in the classroom (TAs)
Asking TAs to do these task is ineffective and does not improve the quality of the learning your pupils are receiving:  Leave!; Photocopying; Provide equipment; Sit with the naughty children; Hand out books and paper; Escort pupils to behaviour.

What effect do pupils’ peers have on their progress?
Girls who are below average significantly benefit from contact with more able female peers.
White, FSM-eligible boys in the lower ability range are effected by the views/attitudes of their peers.

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