Book Reviews

Teaching Machines: The History of Personalized Learning

Though focused on the American experience, Audrey Watters’ book is full of salient lessons about AI’s forays into schools…

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Reaching the unseen children by Jean Gross

It’s always exciting to see a new book placing emphasis on addressing the educational impacts of socio-economic disadvantage. Jean…

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Organise Ideas: Thinking By Hand, Extending the Mind

When it comes to graphic organisers, I’m about as nerdy as it gets. I used them extensively in my…

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The art and science of teaching primary reading by Christopher Such

“Despite decades of research into the subject, […] many teachers are inexcusably ill-informed about reading.” This is a devastating…

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Teach Like A Champion 3.0 by Doug Lemov

Doug Lemov’s Teach Like A Champion (TLAC) books are ubiquitous on CPD library shelves. When I trained in 2015…

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The Great Education Robbery

As titles go, The Great Education Robbery is about as emotive as they come. And yet, you won’t find…

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Blog Reviews

Robin Conway’s blogs of the week, 22 November 2021

This week’s top blogs cover breaking bad habits, giving better feedback, the benefits and drawbacks of mini whiteboards, and…

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Penny’s podcasts, 15 November 2021

Six podcasts to transform your school’s approach to sustainability and the environment

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Mary Hind-Portley’s blogs of the week, 8 November 2021

Five ways to ensure that your teaching of reading is effective @Suchmo83 How to approach the teaching of reading…

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Gerry Robinson’s blogs of the week, 1 November 2021

The impact of the First Story programme @FirstStory I couldn’t write this round of reviews without including a colleague…

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Sonia Thompson’s blogs of the week, 25 October 2021

Children’s reading, the power of coaching, ResearchEd Surrey summarised and the fall – and rise? – of differentiation

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Naureen Khalid’s blogs of the week, 11 October 2021

The People Principle @SaysMiss In this blog, Kat Howard reflects on decision-making in people-orientated organisations. She argues that as…

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Research Reviews

Research

How can ‘mixing it up’ and confusing students be good for them?

Interleaving can cause confusion, but it’s one that pays off – as long as it’s used within certain parameters,…

JL Dutaut
HARRY FLETCHER-WOOD
Research

How can we build back better arts education?

A new research project demonstrates the value of bringing artists and teachers together and tries to bridge the gulf…

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TOM DOBSON AND LISA STEPHENSON
Research

How can we make best use of the pupil premium for recovery?

Professor Becky Francis sets out the benefits of using the EEF’s updated guide to target pupil premium spending and…

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BECKY FRANCIS
Research

How can we secure the spirit of Covid collaboration for the future?

A Manchester initiative is showing how school-to-school collaborations are best placed to create the conditions for improvement, write Mel…

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Professor Mel Ainscow and Dr Paul Armstrong
Research

How has the pandemic impacted special schools?

Our research shows that special schools were the hardest hit and leaders have little faith their plight is understood,…

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CAROLINE SHARP and AMY SKIPP
Research

Is there a better, or best, classroom layout?

How best to set up a classroom seems too complex for research to solve, but Cat Scutt finds there…

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CAT SCUTT