Category: Blog

Learning From The Learning Scientists

27 November 2017

On Friday Andy Tharby and Chris Runeckles from The Durrington Research School, led a session at our school INSET day. They were discussing the work of The Learning Scientists who are a group of cognitive psychological scientists, based in the USA, who focus on the science of learning. In particular, they focus on six effective study and teaching strategies that are supported by research evidence. […]

Posted on: 27 November 2017
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Fully Guided Instruction

21 November 2017

In 2006, Paul A. Kirschner, John Sweller and Richard E. Clark wrote a seminal paper on the shortfalls of minimal instructional guidance. They followed this in 2012 with an article for American Educator – ‘Putting Students on the Path to Learning: The Case for Fully Guided Instruction’ – in which they explored the reasons why explicit teaching is usually a more effective approach than minimal guidance. This blog will provide a brief summary of the 2012 article and will explore its implications for day-to-day classroom practice. […]

Author: Andy Tharby
Posted on: 21 November 2017
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EEF Evaluations: Lesson Study and Teacher Observation

15 November 2017

The EEF recently released two evaluation reports on CPD approaches that have been trialled in schools in the UK: Lesson Study and Teacher Observation. Even though both reports identify the impact of these interventions on pupil outcomes as zero, this is not to say that we have nothing to learn from the findings. Indeed, closer inspection of the studies can provide some very useful insight about how to go about implementing effective CPD in our schools. […]

Posted on: 15 November 2017
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Reflections on our first training programme

9 November 2017

On Wednesday this week 22 teachers from coastal schools met together at the Durrington Research School to discuss how we can most effectively use the lessons from the EEF Toolkit to address disadvantage. The day started with delegates first answering the question “what are the problems associated with your coastal context?”  This discussion was then filtered on to […]

Author: Chris Runeckles
Posted on: 9 November 2017
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Thinking about metacognition

30 October 2017

At Durrington High School we run a half-termly journal club where teachers come to discuss a useful and relevant education research paper. Our first paper of the academic year was Metacognition: Study Strategies, Monitoring, and Motivation by William Peirce (2003) which is a useful review of the literature surrounding metacognition. […]

Author: Andy Tharby
Posted on: 30 October 2017
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What’s on next half term?

20 October 2017

As we all look forward to a well deserved half-term break, we wanted to thank you all for your support and engagement across the network.  It’s been a great first half term here at the Durrington Research School and there is clearly an appetite for schools to work together to develop a more evidence-informed approach […]

Posted on: 20 October 2017
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Life Lessons – New report from the Sutton Trust

12 October 2017

Today the Sutton Trust published a report ‘Life Lessons – Improving essential life skills for young people’. Sir Peter Lampl outlines the focus of this report: […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 12 October 2017
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Evidence-based guidance for improving literacy

22 September 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. With this in mind, guidance reports from the EEF do some of this heavy lifting for you. And a key part of the role of the Research Schools Network is to turn these guidance reports into training programmes that help schools use them in practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Aiming high for quality CPD

22 September 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. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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How can teachers become more evidence-informed?

17 September 2017

In this blog post, Shaun Allison, Director of Durrington Research School, looks at how teachers can be more evidence informed. […]

Author: Shaun Allison
Posted on: 17 September 2017
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