PhD researchers and teachers work together to create new learning resources

A project launched last year to improve teaching practice by partnering researchers with schools has created 10 new modules for key stage 3 pupils.

The two-year University Learning in Schools scheme originally produced five modules in English language, English literature, geography, biology and physics.

The modules are created by PhD researchers and teachers getting together to exchange subject expertise about how best to get that knowledge across in the classroom.

The new 10 are in English literature, mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, history, computer science, psychology, economics and RE (see full table below) and will be made available for all secondary schools to download from July.


Project manager Lisa Knowles said: “Research shows that teachers’ subject knowledge is a key driver in improving student outcomes. Despite this, teachers in England are lagging behind their international counterparts in undertaking continued professional development (CPD) in subject knowledge.

“Our project aims to buck this trend, putting the spotlight firmly on teachers’ subject knowledge.”

The project is being funded by the Greater London Authority through the London Schools Excellence Fund, and delivered by Achievement for All 3As and the Brilliant Club.

A twilight CPD session will be held at Lilian Baylis Technology School, London, on July 2 to launch the new modules. It is free to attend.

Click here for more information on the event.

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