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Working Scientifically in the Primary Classroom

This booklet has been produced to help teachers understand how to ‘work scientifically’ within the primary science curriculum for England. It includes progression of enquiry skills grids from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage Three and child friendly self and peer assessment posters to support all...

ENTHUSE partnership impact report 2017

ENTHUSE Partnership funding enables groups of four to eight schools and colleges to work together, with support from STEM Learning on a two-year intensive programme to raise aspiration and achievement in STEM subjects. Each Partnership can access up to £20,000 worth of support, including face-to-face CPD, in-school...

Retaining and developing the teaching workforce

This report examines whether the Department for Education is supporting the schools sector effectively to retain and develop the teaching workforce.

Can teacher turnover improve student achievement?

According to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, published in 2016,  removing low-performing teachers can improve outcomes for students. The study looked at the effect of IMPACT, a performance assessment and incentive system introduced in schools in Washington, DC....

Neuromyths in education

A study published in 2012 showed that possessing greater general knowledge about the brain does not appear to protect teachers from believing in “neuromyths” – misconceptions about neuroscience research in education. A study in Frontiers in Psychology found that teachers who are interested in the application 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)...

Science achievement gaps start early and persist

A study published in 2016 in Educational Researcher looks at the profile of science achievement gaps to the age of 14. The researchers used data from the US Early Childhood Longitudinal Study,
Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999 (ECLS-K), which followed 7,757 children from kindergarten (Year 1) to eighth...

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...

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