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Does enjoyment go down as achievement goes up? Findings from TIMSS on how pupil attitudes to maths and science have changed over 20 years

Toby Greany.  When the report on the 2015 International Trends in Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) was launched late last year, the media’s focus was on how England had performed relative to other countries in the tests. The headline result

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Posted in International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Pupil disruption in the classroom: what is the real picture?

Andrew Jenkins.  A favourable classroom climate – essentially one in which there is a well-ordered and calm environment – is likely to be conducive to learning and therefore important for pupil progress. Conversely, disruption in the classroom will hamper student

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Posted in International comparisons, Teachers, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Priorities for a new government: advice from our academics part 2

The IOE blog has asked colleagues from across the Institute what’s at the top of their wish list. We are publishing their replies during the run-up to the election. Primary Education The new government should take a new approach to primary education

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Language and literacy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

The assessment system is unsustainable: how can we make it better?

Gemma Moss.  The Government’s new consultation on primary assessment in England is to be welcomed. The key question is: will it go far enough? The answer to that in large part depends upon how parents, teachers and academics react. What’s

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Just what is ‘evidence-based’ teaching? Or ‘research-informed’ teaching? Or ‘inquiry-led’ teaching?

Lesley Saunders.  ‘It is by virtue of being an artist that the teacher is a researcher’ (Lawrence Stenhouse): deepening the connections between research and teaching I’ve long campaigned for teaching to be a research-engaged profession, on the grounds that, as

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