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Final evaluation of the National Science Learning Centre

Published in June 2013, this report from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) presents the findings from an investigation into the impact on students of the subject-specific CPD undertaken by teachers at the National Science Learning Centre.

The full collection of STEM Learning impact and...

The most able students: examining failure to achieve

Ofsted survey report investigating why many of the most able students from non-selective schools fail to achieve their potential.

Final report of the Commission on assessment without levels

DfE Advice for schools on assessment after the removal of the national curriculum levels system for grading children.

Pages 20-24 cover the principles that underpin assessment policies.

Page 41 recommends what trainees should learn about assessment during their training.  

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A strategic approach to CPD to maximise impact

This Powerpoint presentation from the May 2016 Research Conference looks at how research - be this delivered or stimulated by external interventions or through on-site collaborative inquiry processes - is a vital component of a school’s capacity for self –improvement, and that such...

Embedding evaluation in CPD for effective outcomes and higher impact

This Powerpoint presentation from the May 2016 Research Conference looks at the issues facing teachers in using evaluation in their CPD activities and illustrates how to do this more effectively.

Author: Irina Kudenko

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 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,...


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