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Spring 2017

  •  Click here for our Science of Learning Conference on July 4th 2017


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  • NFER have published research into the role of Teaching Schools in the development of research. Click here for a copy


  • The Teaching School Council has published an excellent review of effective primary teaching.  Click here for a copy


  • The Bell Foundation has published an Assessment Framework for EAL learners.  Access it here


  • The EEF report of marking can be found here and their report into effective KS1 literacy practices here





Research readings


How students learn

The science of learning; a paper summarising key principles of how children learn and the implications for teachers in classrooms.  

Daniel Willingham, a cognitive psychologist's paper on 'what will improve a student's memory'

A summary of the 20 principles in psychology that drive teaching and learning.  Very readable.

How can we improve students' memory and retrieval of knowledge?  This link to the Learning Scientists blog allows you to access the latest research and revision tips for your students.  You can download posters of revision tips here .  There is also a journal paper here that gives more detail about the underpinning research.


Pedagogical approaches

These two papers look at what research knows about lesson design.  Rosenshine's paper look at the principles of instruction and Swellner et al  look at direct instruction.


This review explores what makes great teaching


Marking and assessment

The EEF review of marking: what do we know?  What should we be asking ourselves?

Paul Black's paper on assessment for learning builds on the Inside the Black Box work of the late 1990s.



Useful links

The EEF toolkit is regularly updated and is very useful but please do read the summary sheets; context matters and there will always have been a range of responses within any systematic review, it is important you look at all the information to be able to make informed decisions.  The Institute for Effective Education is another excellent website to link practitioners with research.  Finally the EPPI centre has some excellent resources but the full reports are very long and somewhat less practitioner facing than the two listed above.  


Promising projects allows you to examine interventions that evidence currently suggests should have a positive impact on pupil outcomes.  This can provide powerful rationales for your pupil premium spending and underpin your reviews and self assessments.


The Research Schools Network is a collaboration between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE).  Their website is an excellent source of further help and information in the region and beyond.  Huntington School is the RS in the Yorkshire and Humber region.


This blog contains links to some of the most influencial papers in education, especially cognitive science

Prof. Rob Coe has some great links here to freely available papers and blogs


The latest NFER newsletter can be found here 


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