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Is English Education World Class in Primary? – the Staffroom

15th December 2017

This report by the Education Policy Institute, in partnership with UCL Institute of Education (IOE), examines how well primary school pupils in England are performing compared to those in top performing nations – with the findings represented, for the very first time, in English measures of attainment. English Education: World Class in Primary?  converts countries’ results from the…

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Amanda Spielman Speech on the launch of Ofsted’s Annual Report 2016/17 – the Staffroom

14th December 2017

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman discusses the quality of education and care in England on the 13th December at the launch of Ofsted’s Annual Report. Thank you all for coming today. This is my first Annual Report. I want to start by saying what should be obvious but is all too easily forgotten at events like…

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Key Facts and Areas of Concern from Ofsted’s Annual Report – the Staffroom

14th December 2017

This year’s annual report finds the overall quality of education and care in England is improving, but areas of persistent underperformance remain. Launching her first Ofsted Annual Report as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman said the life chances of the vast majority of young people in 2017 are the best they ever have been. “Our collective mission…

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Developing effective learners – An overview of recent research – the Staffroom

12th December 2017

‘Developing effective learners’ refers to approaches that support pupils to plan, monitor, understand and manage their own learning, in order to develop inquisitive, self-motivated learners. These approaches include peer tutoring, collaborative learning, feedback, and meta-cognition and self-regulation strategies. Evidence emerging from Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) evaluations and the wider evidence base suggests that when used…

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The Four Pillars of Great Assessment: Value – the Staffroom

11th December 2017

This article on the value of assessment is the final one in a series presented by Evidence Based Education. The series explores the four pillars of great assessment: purpose, validity, reliability and value.   Value Every minute that a teacher, student, leader, parent or governor spends engaging with assessment (be that in the form of planning,…

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Top Ten Tips to Improve the Learning of Teachers and Educators? – the Staffroom

8th December 2017

One of education’s great ironies is that we invest huge efforts to improve the learning of pupils yet neglect the learning of teachers themselves – the very people we entrust with our children’s development. The ‘core business’ of teaching matters more than anything else within schools, particularly for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In The Sutton…

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What Makes a Good Reader? International Findings from PIRLS 2016 – the Staffroom

7th December 2017

Fifty countries from around the world participated in the PIRLS 2016 international assessment of reading comprehension at the fourth grade, and in every country there was a wide range of reading achievement from basic skills to advanced comprehension. Russia and Singapore’s 10-year-olds were the best in the world at reading, with students from Hong Kong,…

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Government announce new strategy for careers guidance – the Staffroom

6th December 2017

The government have revealed their new strategy towards careers guidance with a commitment to ensuring that every school and college in the country will aim to have a dedicated careers leader in place by the start of the new school year.  Backed by £4 million of funding the career leaders will give advice on the…

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What is Effective CPD?  By Jane Hyde-Walsh

3rd December 2017

Research on CPD demonstrates that many teachers and trainers do not participate in professional development activities and the most common reasons given are conflicts in work schedules and an absence of incentives for participation. Add to this a marked decline in investment by schools supported by figures compiled by the Teacher Development Trust earlier this year found…

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Social Mobility in Great Britain: Fifth State of the Nation Report – the Staffroom

30th November 2017

A new report “State of the Nation” by the Social Mobility Commission finds that there’s a stark social mobility postcode lottery in Britain today where the chances of someone from a disadvantaged background succeeding in life is bound to where they live. The report uncovers a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas…

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