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Teacher shortages: are a handful of schools a big part of the problem?

Sam Sims and Rebecca Allen.   We recently met a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), let’s call her Ellen, who had been delighted to get their first teaching job in a North London primary school deemed outstanding by Ofsted. She arrived on

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Posted in Research matters, Teachers and teaching assistants

The sweet smell of success: how can we help educators develop a ‘nose’ for evidence they can use in the classroom?

Mutlu Cukurova and Rose Luckin A good nose for what constitutes solid evidence: it’s something a scientist is lost without. This finely tuned ‘nose’ is not innate, it is the result of years of practice and learning. This practice and

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, ICT in education, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What works? examining the evidence on evidence-informed practice

IOE Events.  The rhetoric of ‘evidence-informed practice’ – or ‘what works’ as it is sometimes known for short – now pervades the school system in England, as it does in many other places.  Through our latest IOE debate ‘What if…

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Posted in IOE debates, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How can research truly inform practice? It takes a lot more than just providing information

Jonathan Sharples.  The Education Endowment Foundation’s latest evaluation report, the ‘Literacy Octopus‘, provides plenty of food for thought for anyone interested in improving the way research evidence informs practice, not just in education, but across sectors. This pair of large,

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy, Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

What are our ethical responsibilities in a changing world of Internet research?

Jon Swain.  Over the last decade or so there has been an ever-increasing interest in the ethics of educational and social science research. Researchers’ responsibilities to their participants, fellow members of the research community, and to the institution where they

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Research matters, Social sciences and social policy
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