Is context king in school improvement?

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. […]

Posted on 24 April 2018
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A new guidance report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) aims to give schools the support they need to put evidence to work in their classrooms and implement new programmes and approaches effectively. […]

Posted on 9 February 2018
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Spring Term Training Programme

We are very pleased to announce that the Oldham Opportunity Area board has provided funding for three evidence-based programmes beginning in the Spring Term. Each programme will have funding to support cover for one member of staff to attend. […]

Posted on 5 February 2018
Posted in: Training/CPD

Is the Black Box open? Part 2

In my previous blog, I suggested that 20 years after Inside the Black Box we still hadn’t really fully opened the box. In this blog I’m going to think about Black and Wiliam’s third question…how might we do it better? […]

Posted on 4 February 2018
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Have we actually opened the Black Box?

I have a problem. I’ve worked leading Initial teacher training for the past 15 years. I sit in the back of lots of classrooms in lots of schools and, for 15 years, I’ve watched the staff being worn down by things I’ve been trying to question since I ran my first ITT programme. […]

Posted on 28 January 2018
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Twenty-third Research School appointed

Highfield Nursery School – in collaboration with Kesgrave and Farlingaye Teaching School Alliance and Springfield Teaching School Alliance – will become the Research School and focal point of evidence-based practice to support the Ipswich Opportunity Area. […]

Posted on 19 January 2018
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