• Don't shy away from seeking science specialists, urges new report

    Advertising for general science teachers is no more effective than seeking those with subject-specific qualifications, according to new research. Analysis by SchoolDash of teaching job adverts found roles for specialist positions were less likely to be re-advertised than for those general positions, contradicting a “common assumption that specialist positions are harder to fill”. The results

    10.10 Apr. 24th, 2019 | News

  • KPMG Foundation report left out negative findings

    An education foundation left out negative findings from a study of its flagship literacy programme. In December the KPMG Foundation, the charity arm of the global consultancy firm, released the findings of a major study into the Reading Recovery programme. The report said pupils on the programme, which the charity’s website describes as its “flagship

    7.00 Feb. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Online progs vs trads debate 'too polarised', warns Ofsted research chief

    Debate over pedagogy has become “too polarised” and fighting between traditionalists and progressives on social media “quite unhelpful”, Ofsted’s research chief has said. Professor Daniel Muijs told Schools Week the “trads-vs-progs” debate had become a “simplification of the evidence around teaching, around pedagogy, to say that it is one or the other”. “In general teachers

    5.00 Nov. 12th, 2018 | News

  • £2.4m on research is money well spent, says Ofsted boss

    Ofsted’s increased focus and spending on research is “more important” as the inspectorate faces cost pressures, its head of research has said. Professor Daniel Muijs (pictured) has defended the inspectorate’s plans to shell out £2.4 million on research over the next two years. It comes as senior staff have been at pains to point out

    7.00 Nov. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Under-fire Ofsted plans research to assess impact of school funding cuts

    Ofsted is planning to research the impact of funding cuts, as its chief inspector comes under fire for standing firm on her insistence there is no “clear evidence” to show funding pressures are hitting schools. Daniel Muijs, Ofsted’s head of research, told Schools Week the inspectorate will be running research next year on the impact

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Warning over future of education research as number of postgrad students drops 10%

    The “long term health” of education research in the UK is under threat by a decline in the number of people opting to become researchers in the field, a new study shows. The Royal Society found there has been a 10 per cent drop in the number of education postgraduate research students between 2011-12 and

    0.02 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Why every school needs to learn how to handle ‘conduct disorder’

    Schools have ineffective behaviour management strategies because they want a “quick fix” to a common disorder but don’t understand the neurology behind it. Some teachers don’t know how to manage “conduct disorder” – a mental condition which causes disruptive and sometimes violent behaviour in pupils – because they don’t know how to identify and respond

    7.00 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News

  • EEF: Teacher research engagement strategies are ineffective

    Teachers need “structured and intensive support” to engage with new research if outcomes are to improve, according to new findings from the Education Endowment Foundation. Three randomised controlled trials, funded and published by the EEF, found that passive methods currently used to educate teachers about research are not leading to changes in classroom practice or

    0.02 Dec. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Education policy must be grounded in evidence

    With a more solid understanding of research, we will be better prepared to challenge poorly-evidenced policy proposals, says Alison Peacock Last week, I was invited to join a police chief constable and presidents of a range of royal medical colleges to sign an evidence declaration. This declaration commits us to promoting evidence-informed pedagogy and leadership.

    5.00 Nov. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Literacy strongest predictor of science grades

    A new report on socioeconomic status (SES) and science learning has found literacy is “the strongest and most consistent predictor of pupils’ scientific attainment”. Reading and writing skills are particularly important for helping pupils to understand scientific vocabulary and prepare their own scientific reports, according to the research from the University of Oxford. The Education

    0.01 Sep. 22nd, 2017 | News