Research Spotlight – April

Research Focus – Curriculum and Progress Curriculum has been a topic of increasing interest in the education community over the past few years; reflecting a concern that a focus on generic pedagogy (how we learn) was drawing focus from the subject itself (what we learn). One interesting idea that has been bouncing around concerns the…

Research Spotlight – March

Research Focus – Revision With exams looming the minds of teachers, leader, parents and pupils turn to revision. This is unfortunate as waiting for the approach of the exams to start revision is highly ineffective – we need pupils to be revising and reviewing what they have learnt throughout the year (and over the years)…

Feedback: Misconceptions and corrections

These slides accompanied a CPL session on feedback – focusing on the different ways we need to address misconceptions and errors. The problem with feedback Feedback is an important part of teaching. In fact, teaching would be inconceivable without it. Try and teach a lesson without saying whether an answer a pupil gives is correct…

Research Spotlight – February

Research Focus – Homework Homework is a controversial subject. Rarely a parents’ evening goes by without half the parents complaining that their child seems to get no homework and the other half complaining that their child gets too much. Some people value it as an important part of the learning process, others see it as…

Research Spotlight – January

Blog Posts – Focus on Feedback Feedback is a topic that is sure to get teachers talking. One welcome change we are seeing in the education landscape is a greater awareness that feedback does not equal marking but involves deploying a range of strategies to, as Dylan Wiliam says, “improve the pupil not the work”.…

Research Spotlight – December

Blog Posts – Focus on Cognitive Load Theory Cognitive load theory (CLT) continues to get a lot of interest in the research-informed community. Many writers are focusing on how, as teachers, we can ensure that we focus on supporting working memory, especially for children who may struggle with their memory or processing speed, reduce extrinsic…