October 4, 2019

Recently there has been renewed interest in Barak Rosenshine’s (2010,2012) ‘Principles of Instruction’, summarised in Tom Sherrington’s (2019) Rosenshine’s Principles in Action. The ten principles were compiled by Rosenshine incorporating sources from research on: the...

March 29, 2019

Schools are busy places. With so many conflicting priorities, it can be hard to know where to start in terms of improvement planning. However, evidence can point us in the right direction of not just what the ‘best bets’ may be in terms of teaching strategies, but also...

December 7, 2018

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘knowledge is power’ and I don’t think there are many of us who would disagree with this.  How, though, in the face of pressures of changes to linear examinations, do we turn this philosophy into a reality that best serves our students and...

November 8, 2018

It’s the last week of the summer holidays, and – re-energised after a break and with the start of term looming large on the horizon – I’m turning my attention to the school improvement plan. Although I certainly feel optimism about the year ahead, and things are no dou...

November 8, 2018

Knowing who to go to and where for reliable advice around educational interventions can be problematic for some school leaders. However, imagine if, in the future, leaders knew precisely who to call for information about the best literacy interventions for their studen...

October 5, 2018

As a secondary school Physics teacher, I am all too often greeted with the cry of ‘Miss, are we doing a practical today?’ On the contrary, as the class settles to complete an independent activity, an exasperated student expresses their frustration of the task with, ’Wh...

Reflections on leading a Randomised Controlled Trial

Randomised Controlled Trial. The words themselves sound clinical, conjuring up images of lab rats in cages and doctors in white coats. Indeed, until recent years, Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) were largely only...

January 26, 2018

As an English teacher, the reading conundrum remains a perpetual source of angst to me. With the recent curriculum reform, the reading demands on pupils in my subject area are greater than ever: three unseen texts, often aimed at a reading age of seventeen plus. Nor is...

September 22, 2017

The Research Schools Network aims to put the use of research evidence into the hands of schools and practitioners. One of the three main strands of its work is training, offering CPD that uses the best research evidence to challenged existing practice.

As a network that...

September 22, 2017

One of the challenges when trying to use research evidence to improve teaching practice in schools can be the amount of evidence to wade through, and its inaccessibility.

Most schools and their staff simply don’t have the time to sift through the evidence and reach thei...

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