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The differentiation deviser

The Differentiation Deviser presents 80 strategies, activities and techniques for differentiating, all of which can be used across the Key Stages and the curriculum. Every entry is clearly explained and accompanied by an image to aid understanding and recall.

Author: Mike Gershon

The EAL toolkit

The EAL Toolkit provides over 50 strategies for helping learners across the Key Stages who are learning English as an additional language. Each strategy is explained and accompanied by an illustration to aid memory. The strategies are non-subject and non-age specific. No more searching for EAL ideas now they are...

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...

Effective programmes for primary science

Published in 2012, this review focused on examining which  science programmes had been proven to help primary school students to succeed.  To find out, the University of York’s Institute for Effective Education, Johns Hopkins University and Durham University completed a research review on the topic. The review...

Curriculum reform cheap way to boost attainment

A report published in 2015 from the Center for American Progress analyses how schools could increase student achievement through curriculum reform, that is the teaching materials used by teachers such as textbooks, workbooks, and software. The authors focused on the curricula used in primary mathematics classes in...

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...

Preschool fade out

Published in 2015, a working paper from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia investigated the persistence of effects of early childhood interventions and asked whether these effects fade systematically. The study found that “by the end of kindergarten [Year 1] children who attended preschool...

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