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Developing professional learning through engagement with research

When teachers are introduced to ideas from research, they seek to make sense of the findings they are presented with by reflecting on their own practice and how they anticipate the research findings may or may not fit with the ways they view teaching, learning and assessment. 

Author: Chris Harrison

Making a Difference to Professional Practice

The National STEM Learning Centre and Network supports the teaching and learning of science, design and technology, computing, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom, from primary level to post-16.

We enable educators and partner organisations to...

STEM Knowledge Networks

This booklet provides twelve case studies from STEM Knowledge Networks. These were projects supported by the National STEM Learning Centre and Network in partnership with the National Centre for the Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM). Schools were required to enable at least two or more STEM departments to...

Improving Teaching and Learning in Schools

Produced by the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP), this report is based on 20 TLRP projects run in 2000. These investigated aspects of teaching and learning in formal and informal educational settings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The report offers a summary of the 2006 ‘stock-take...

The Future of Education and Training for 14-19 Year Olds

Produced by the Nuffield Foundation, this report is a summary of the main findings and recommendations of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training in England and Wales. Beginning in October 2003, this six-year long review was the largest review of this phase of education since the Crowther Report in 1959...

The Logical Chain: Continuing Professional Development in Effective Schools

This report from Ofsted is based on a survey into the impact in schools of the government’s strategy for continuing professional development (CPD). The strategy was introduced in 2001 and subsequently relaunched in 2005. It aims to promote the benefits of CPD, help teachers make the most of the choices available,...

Where Would Social Science Be Without Maths?

A poster for teachers to use within the classroom, produced by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). On the front is a timeline featuring prominent figures who developed the use of statistics, with accompanying teachers’ notes on the back. The timeline looks at landmark events in social science from 1662...

Society Now: UK by Numbers

The 'UK by numbers' series focuses on key areas, such as population, energy and health, and provide important and up-to-date statistics about the UK. The documents are taken from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) magazine, Society Now.

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What Is Healthy? What Is Beautiful?

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) school briefing discusses fat as a class issue, as well as a feminist issue. Research shows that middle class families are more likely to be health-conscious eaters, and chances are the shops in their neighbourhoods offer a wider range of healthy food. The resource...

What Do Social Scientists Do? Geography

This Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) resource gives information about career options for people who study geography. It starts by defining the subject, including its component parts of human and physical geography. Human geography includes studies of cultures, population, economies, health and medicine...

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