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Do students perform better when schools offer extracurricular activities?

A PISA in Focus study published in 2012 from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), looks at whether students perform better in science if they are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, such as field trips and science projects. Most countries (22 of 31 OECD countries)...

Does anxiety affect performance, or poor performance cause anxiety?

Published in 2016.  Mathematics anxiety (MA) is the state of discomfort around the performance of mathematical tasks. Does MA cause poor performance in mathematics, or is it poor performance in mathematics that causes MA? The question is important, because it affects the “treatment” that results. Should the focus...

Narrowing the gaps from data to impact: the golden thread

Using data to identify low attainment, weak progress and gaps in attainment has long been a focus of schools. This National Strategies booklet, published in 2009, aims to support senior teams, in both primary and secondary phases, by setting out a practical approach for seeing...

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