NorReL March links- Memory and the Science of Learning

20 March 2018

Author: Niki Kaiser

Many thanks to all who came along to the Research Leads Network meeting this month. We had a full and varied Agenda including contributions from within the Opportunity Area, around Norfolk… and across the Atlantic!

We referred to the EEF 5-step school-improvement cycle. We will be focusing on a different aspect of this in each meeting.

We also used the Chartered College self-evaluation tool to examine our current practice.

We outlined some upcoming events:

  • 21st March: Chartered College of Teaching- Journal Club (Impact, Science of Learning)
  • 16th April: NorReL. Stories – thinking, talking, doing and learning with Tim Taylor
  • 9th June: ResearchEd Rugby (free ticket and travel)

And summarised some EEF trials: that are currently recruiting and EEF funding opportunities.

Jackie Bircham, from the Norwich Opportunity Area Board, joined us to outline further details about the Norwich Evidence Based Practice Fund, and how it’s evaluated.

Imogen Harvey, from Edith Cavell Academy in Norwich told us about the work she’s doing to help pupils at her school understand how the brain works with her Brain Club and lessons.


Flavia Belham from Seneca Learning showed us how their free, research-based study platform works. You can try a  demonstration (needs Google Chrome).


Finally, we were incredibly lucky to hear a talk from Efrat Furst, who was visiting the UK for a week. Her summary of how memory works, and the research behind retrieval practice, included beautiful visuals, clear explanations and generated many questions. You can see her presentation here.

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Do have a look at the links from the NorReL February meeting, if you missed them. We hope to see you in April.

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