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Technicians and progression

This Technicians and Progression report from the Skills Commission presents the findings of an inquiry into the alternatives to university degrees that the post-16 education system provides. The report maintains that post-compulsory education should offer a diverse range of education provision, vocational as well...

Understanding working memory: a classroom guide

Practical tips for how to break instruction down for students who find it hard to follow direction.

Authors: Professor Susan E Gathercole and Dr Tracy Packiam Alloway

Maintaining Curiosity: a Survey into Science Education in Schools

This report, published by Ofsted in November 2013, sets out the findings of a new survey of science in 91 primary and 89 secondary schools, which was carried out between 2010 and 2013 and aims to support schools in implementing the new National Curriculum.

It is recognised that the best science teachers set...

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....

Attitudes of potential teachers of Design and Technology

Against a background of falling applications and teacher recruitment, this research, published in March  2000, aimed to identify the attitudes of potential design and technology teachers towards pursuing this career. The research looked at potential teachers' career aspirations and how their own experiences of...

Gender equality in STEM

Produced in 2011 by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the theme of equality and diversity. It describes how Doncaster College has taken action to promote and embed gender equality, particularly in relation to engineering and technology. The college held a gender equality...

Women into engineering

Produced in 2011 by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the theme of equality and diversity. Petroc, in partnership with CITB-Construction Skills, aimed to reduce the gender inequality that exists within the construction industry. In seeking to establish what barriers women...

Vocational context for maths

Produced  in 2011 by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the themes of mathematics and progression through STEM. It describes the development of the mathematics provision at Abingdon and Witney College. The aim was to make maths more relevant to students, particularly those...

Supporting male learners using technology

Produced in 2011 by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the themes of harnessing technology and, equality and diversity. From Sussex Downs College, the study describes how research into engaging male learners was used to investigate why more males than females achieved below...

Engaging girls in physics

Produced in 2011 by the Learning Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), this case study looks at the theme of equality and diversity. It describes how Sussex Downs College looked at: * The cultural and social reasons which influence why girls choose not to study physics. * Whether the teaching and learning activities...

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