Category: Blog

Our Research School – what do we do?

9 November 2018

One thing we hear quite frequently from colleagues is that they would like use research evidence to inform their teaching, but feel a bit overwhelmed when they think about it. They don’t know where, or how, to start. How do you know which research to read, which is the most recent or the most rigorous, and which will actually provide practical tips that you can use in the classroom? Isn’t reading research dry, tedious, and hard going? How do you find the time? And don’t you have to pay to read articles anyway? […]

Posted on: 9 November 2018
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Secondary Science 2- Making it easier to do the interesting stuff…

8 October 2018

The introduction to Recommendation 4 begins “You cannot do science without knowledge. Pupils have to learn new concepts and vocabulary and apply this learning in new contexts. So being able to remember information is important for success in school science.”

So in the same way that learning the words to a choral work off-by-heart didn’t prevent me from singing it musically, taking memory and cognitive load into account when teaching Science doesn’t mean producing robotic students, who can recite lots of “facts” at me without truly understanding them […]

Author: Niki Kaiser
Posted on: 8 October 2018
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Secondary Science 1: – What did you think, what do you think… and why?

21 September 2018

This is the first in a series of posts about the new Science Guidance report from the EEF. […]

Posted on: 21 September 2018
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Setting by attainment – an emotive issue

14 September 2018

Roger Higgins, Director of Norwich Research School, gives a personal view on the ‘setting and streaming’ update to the EEF’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit. […]

Posted on: 14 September 2018
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Building a network: Research Leads in Norwich #NorRel

11 September 2018

Yesterday, we held our first Norwich Research Leads Network (#NorRel) meeting for this school year. And what a great way to start the year: meeting colleagues from across Norwich and Norfolk, hearing news from other schools, and (very importantly after a 5-period day)… eating pizza! […]

Posted on: 11 September 2018
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EEF Blog: Grouping pupils by attainment – what does the evidence say?

7 September 2018

Danielle Mason, Head of Research at the Education Endowment Foundation, unpacks the evidence on grouping pupils by attainment. […]

Author: Danielle Mason, Head of Research, EEF
Posted on: 7 September 2018
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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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