Category: Blog

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
Posted in: Blog

Closing the Vocabulary Gap

16 March 2018

We were really lucky to welcome Alex Quigley to Derby this week to talk to the primary Heads’ Strategic Leadership Meeting about ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’. […]

Posted on: 16 March 2018
Posted in: Blog

Guest Blog: Peer Education to Promote Acceptance of Difference, Empathy and Inclusion

16 March 2018

We are really pleased so share this guest blog from Debra Costley at the University of Nottingham – read below about an interesting project around peer education promote acceptance of difference, empathy and inclusion. There is an opportunity for secondary schools to get involved in the UK trial. Read on to find out more. […]

Author: Dr Debra Costley
Posted on: 16 March 2018
Posted in: Blog

Workload – being brave and finding a balance

24 February 2018

The concerns about teacher workload and its implication for staff recruitment and retention have been the focus of a number of news stories recently. Here is one school’s journey with exploring the workload balance agenda and how they delved into the evidence and refined their own practices and approaches. […]

Author: Alison Richardson and Jacqui Trowsdale, Allenton Primary School
Posted on: 24 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Tackling Tables with Tackling Tables

24 February 2018

In this blog, Martin Stephens shares with us his journey in exploring a new approach to teaching times tables, taking us through his own journey of implementing the evidence in his own school and how it’s moved his practice forward. […]

Author: Martin Stephens, Fairfield Primary Academy
Posted on: 24 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence
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Guest Blog: Teaching – a Mary Celeste profession?

24 February 2018

In this guest blog, Sarah Charles, and Alison Hardman explore the demands teaching staff face and the reasons why the profession is failing to recruit. […]

Author: Sarah Charles and Alison Hardman
Posted on: 24 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Guest Blog: Maths mastery: a blessing or a curse?

24 February 2018

Dave Benson, Mathematics Education Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at Derby University, writes this month’s guest blog, asking if Maths Mastery has been a blessing or a curse. […]

Posted on: 24 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Closing the Attainment Gap

24 February 2018

The EEF has published a report – The Attainment Gap – which assesses the attainment gap between all groups of children, including our disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils. The report looks through the lens, first, of children and young people; and secondly, of schools, as well as early years and post-16 settings. It highlights what they believe to be the key issues, and how their analysis of them informs our practical work with teachers and senior leaders. […]

Posted on: 24 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence, News

Facing the Multiplication Tables Check

24 February 2018

In the last couple of weeks STA released its plans for the multiplication tables check for all children in year 4. It would seem that the process will take on a similar format as the Phonics Screening Check. Its purpose is set out as follows: ‘From June 2020, all pupils at the end of year 4 […]

Posted on: 24 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Guest Blog: Learning by ‘doing’: Can CPD be balanced with day to day working?

23 January 2018

Jo Flanagan and Bibiana Wigley are both specialist Speech and Language therapists. With many years of experience working with children with speech, language and communication needs in the NHS in England, they formed Clarity (TEC) Ltd in 2013 to meet the growing numbers of children who are late talking and find it difficult to learn. In their […]

Posted on: 23 January 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence