Category: Blog

My year as Research Lead

17 July 2018

At the end of this academic year I leave for pastures new. However, I didn’t want to go without summarising my key findings of my short stint as research lead. It has been a real eye-opener, both in terms of the research itself but also with regards to how it is received in schools.

So here’s my top 3 takeaways:  […]

Author: Vicki Barnett (Research Lead at Notre Dame High School)
Posted on: 17 July 2018
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Insights gained from mapping a familiar unit

1 July 2018

Inspired by my son’s unexpectedly long nap and @Mr_Raichura’s invitation to think of the story-telling power of curriculum (Raichura, 2018), I decided to revisit a well-known and much-loved unit. I have lurked quietly on Twitter over the last few months, finding many thought-provoking things and I wanted to see if I could bring some of them together into a unit map. Bob Worley introduced me to Johnstone’s triangle  and other wonderful insights into teaching chemistry. Niki Kaiser got me thinking about threshold concepts (Kaiser, 2018). @throughthethresintroduced me to Tier 1, 2 and 3 vocabulary (Vincent, 2018). Rosalind Walker discussed the distinction between declarative and procedural knowledge and how to use this to decide what practice to give to students (Walker, 2018a). […]

Author: Elisa Jimenez Grant
Posted on: 1 July 2018
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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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What did we learn from Leading Learning?

13 June 2018

We’ve said it before: the best thing about being part of the Research Schools Network is the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best practitioners in the country, and we were thrilled to be able to do this with Leading Learning. The generosity within the Network – with both time and resources – was a real help, and we were particularly grateful to Alex Quigley from Huntington Research School for the time he gave us to talk through our plan for the three days. […]

Author: Susi Waters
Posted on: 13 June 2018
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So what does a Research Lead do? #REdRugby 2018

11 June 2018

This is a brief summary of the ResearchEd talk by Vicki Barnett and Niki Kaiser from the Norwich Research School at Notre Dame.
You can access a pdf of their slides here. […]

Author: Vicki Barnett and Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 11 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 CPD Effective – useful reading

4 June 2018

Last month, Norwich Research School hosted a twilight on the subject of Making CPD Effective. Roger Higgins and Tom Pinnington from Norwich Research School/Notre Dame High School delivered a whistle-stop tour through the evidence and what it can tell us about effective professional development for teachers. […]

Posted on: 4 June 2018
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CPD at West Earlham Junior School

3 June 2018

In primary phase, it’s quite unusual, in my experience, for schools to have a named person to take responsibility for Continuing Professional Development who isn’t the head teacher. But CPD is a high priority at West Earlham Junior School. Our Head Teacher reflected this by creating my role, a key part of which is to act as CPD lead.  […]

Posted on: 3 June 2018
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Inclusion… Exclusion… What does the evidence say?

24 May 2018

This is a link to my presentation and my previous report for the Norwich Opportunity Area.
Both contain a summaries of research and links to further reading. […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 24 May 2018
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Early Years teaching (reflections from a Secondary teacher)

2 May 2018

As the Sutton Trust states: “More than half of the gaps in achievement at age 11 are due to inequality that was already present at age five.” Improving early years education is crucial if we want to improve social mobility in the UK.  […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 2 May 2018
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