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Work experience: impact and delivery - insights from the evidence

A report published in April 2012 by Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Taskforce. This paper presents findings from recent research into the value of work experience to young people.

The purpose of this paper is to share evidence considered by the Education and...

STEM Baseline Survey - Summary Report

This report from the Department for Education,  published in January 2010, provides a summary of findings from the STEM Baseline Survey Research Programme. It reports on a programme of activities aimed at improving STEM careers awareness in secondary schools.

The primary purpose of...

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)...

Stories about struggling scientists improved science grades

A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Educational Psychology looks at the impact of “struggle stories” on success in science. Students who think that success in science is only possible with exceptional talent may become unmotivated and, for example, turn away from the idea of studying science in...

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...

Programme for international student assessment (PISA) and homework

Published in 2014, an OECD report on data from the PISA survey looked at homework among 15-year-olds and asked whether homework perpetuates inequalities in education. According to the report, in 2012 students in the 38 countries covered by the survey spent an average of an hour less on their weekly homework than...

Mathematics Mastery: Secondary Evaluation Report - February 2015

Published in February 2015, this evaluation, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), assessed the impact of Mathematics Mastery on pupils in Year 7, after the programme had been implemented in schools for one year, with a view of schools continuing the approach until it was in place across the whole...

The CASE approach for pupils with learning difficulties

Published in June 2002, this article, by Shirley Simon, looks at applying Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) theory to planning and teaching Thinking Science lessons for students with different needs.

Using Thinking Science with mixed-ability classes can be challenging...

Catering for Dyslexia - how others benefit

Published in June 2002. Dyslexia affects a significant proportion of the UK population and can be a barrier to learning in science for those afflicted. There are a number of techniques teachers can employ to alleviate the problems dyslexic students face with both practical and written work in science. These have...

Children with communication difficulties in mainstream science classrooms

Published in June 2002, this article, by W. and J. Wellington, explores some of the problems that children with communication difficulties face in learning science, its vocabulary, and its own particular language. Practical ideas and strategies are suggested for helping to overcome these barriers in mainstream...

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