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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Is the Black Box open? Part 2

4 February 2018

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? […]

Author: Jo Pearson
Posted on: 4 February 2018
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Have we actually opened the Black Box?

28 January 2018

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. […]

Author: Jo Pearson
Posted on: 28 January 2018
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An octopus in a sea of research

12 December 2017

As a research school we are committed to ensuring that the best evidence filters its way into classrooms and impacts on learning. Three independent evaluations by the EEF suggest that light-touch support for teachers to engage with research is not effective. Findings like these help shape our approach on how best we can achieve research informed practice which shapes real change. […]

Author: Cath Profitt - Research School Lead
Posted on: 12 December 2017
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Launch event: your feedback

6 November 2017

We promised at the event that we would go away and answer any questions we hadn’t on the night. These are your FAQs and our responses: […]

Posted on: 6 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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