Research Analysis

Using cognitive science to improve classroom practice

14 April 2021

What is cognitive science and cognitive load theory? Do you need to use it when you teach? Exactly how do you use it when you teach? Dr Kelly Woodford-Richens offers a practical overview of cognitive science in practice



Covid recovery: The importance of EAL assessment

23 March 2021

Setting accurate language targets and using tailored strategies will be crucial if we are to help the post-lockdown recovery of students who use English as an additional language. Caroline Bruce and Silvana Richardson explain and advise


Evidence to Action: The seven Es of effective CPD

9 March 2021

There are some common and key themes to effective and successful professional learning and development for school staff. Fiona Aubrey-Smith distills these down to the seven Es of effective CPD...


School counselling: What does the evidence say about what works?

2 March 2021

School counselling services are a common response to mental health and wellbeing challenges, not least those caused by Covid-19 and lockdown. New research findings have shown us exactly when and how counselling can be most effective. Professor Mick Cooper explains


Setting by ability: Time to start asking questions?

15 February 2021

Is the ability part of ability setting really the issue? Adam Riches considers just what the research says about the pros and cons of setting by ability, and the implications for how we organise teaching in our schools


Social justice and schools: Accountability

1 December 2020

In a seven-part series, teacher and school leader Dave Anderson considers how schools can be a key driver for social justice and how we can make our education system more equitable. In the final part, he tackles our school accountability system and the dreaded ‘O’…


Teachers and technology – six key research findings

25 November 2020

Your teachers and your technology – what do you need to be thinking about next? Fiona Aubrey-Smith looks at the emerging findings from new research into teachers’ technology use during the pandemic


The National Tutoring Programme roll-out: How will it work?

14 October 2020

The £350m National Tutoring Programme will begin operation after the October half-term. Two main strands will support schools’ work with pupils whose education has been hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown. Director Robbie Coleman looks at how it works in practice


Developing students' resilience: What does the research say?

12 October 2020

Resilience as a life-skill and as a part of character education has come to the fore in recent years – and in an era of Covid-19, it seems more relevant than ever. Dr Stephanie Thornton looks at what the research says about this sometimes-elusive concept


What kind of support will EAL pupils need this term and beyond?

7 October 2020

Teaching and learning post-lockdown presents many challenges. Silvana Richardson considers how we can support the most disadvantaged EAL pupils, who as well as suffering a hit to their learning, may have also experienced a language learning loss...



Using coaching to prevent leadership burn-out

15 June 2020

Research is showing that coaching may be a solution to mass burn-out among school professionals, including school leaders. Viv Grant and Professor Rachel Lofthouse explain their findings


Coronavirus: On the wrong side of the digital divide

10 June 2020

What does the research say about the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on potential gaps in learning – and about how schools can best support students and their families with remote education – especially those on the wrong side of the digital divide? Dr Beng Huat See considers the evidence


Ed-tech in your school: Following the evidence

1 June 2020

Cranbrook Education Campus has put evidence at the heart of its approach for how its procures and uses of education technology. Head of campus Stephen Farmer offers his advice to other schools




Ideas for teacher CPD during lockdown

28 April 2020

One consequence of the Covid-19 closures for many teachers has been a reduction or at least a side-lining of their CPD. Fiona Aubrey-Smith urges schools and teachers not to neglect their CPD and instead to take their professional learning online...


Delivering 35 hours of high-quality CPD a year

15 April 2020

Teacher CPD – is it too much to expect quality and quantity when setting out your school’s CPD programme for the year? Maria Cunningham looks at the results of a project challenging schools to deliver 35 hours of quality CPD per-teacher, per-year


Anxiety and depression: Are they co-morbid?

14 April 2020

An estimated one in 10 teenagers have mental health problems, with a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. In this five-article series, Dr Stephanie Thornton advises schools and teachers. In part two, she asks if anxiety and depression are co-morbid or one syndrome


Some research-based approaches to teaching

8 April 2020

There is plenty of research focusing on effective teaching and learning techniques in the classroom. John Dabell picks out some choice approaches that have been shown to be effective


How to have high expectations in your classroom

18 March 2020

We have known it for a long time – when teachers’ expectations of students are high, they achieve better outcomes. Andy McHugh looks at how we can raise our expectations right now


CPD: Five things schools should...

11 March 2020

Are you planning next year’s CPD programme for your school/s? Maria Cunningham suggests five things the evidence says you should leave out


County lines: A world of violence, intimidation and crime

11 March 2020

Young offenders are not as ‘popular’ as other vulnerable groups and yet in a world of intimidation, violence, county lines and organised crime, their need is just as great. Schools are among those on the front line of this battle. Darren Martindale explains more


Good practice for professional coaching

25 February 2020

Drawing upon the literature and her experience as a professional coach, Helen Webb discusses the importance of effective contracting for in-school coaching programmes, including return on investment, goal-setting, confidentiality and demonstrating impact

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