April 17, 2019
Apples and Oranges

Comparing apples with oranges

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How do you compare apples with oranges? Or even apples with oranges with cherries with bananas with peaches?

This isn’t a joke question that has a pithy punchline...

April 1, 2019
5 Musings on the new ofsted inspection framework

5 Musings on the new Ofsted Inspection Framework

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The Westminster Insight conference for the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework was held on Tuesday 26 March...

March 8, 2019
A whole new world

A whole new world?

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The educational landscape is undergoing a bit of a shift. Just a mild understatement maybe...

February 20, 2019
10 Essential Reads to improve reading comprehension

10 ESSENTIAL READS to improve reading comprehension

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How many of us, I wonder, in our first year of teaching came across that small child who was always reading, always carrying big thick books and invariably introduced as a ‘book worm’?...

February 6, 2019
The Big Evidence Debate

The Big Evidence Debate

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By Rob Coe

Meta-analysis involves the aggregation of data from existing studies that share key features, in order to create a summary that reflects all the available evidence...

January 29, 2019
Translation Evidence into Practice

Translating Evidence into Practice

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By Megan Dixon

In education, translating evidence into practice is a process which involves everyone, from classroom-based teachers, to school leadership teams, local authorities and to the wider education communities...

January 16, 2019

Why does vocabulary matter?

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By Megan Dixon

A good vocabulary is an important building block for helping young children to communicate effectively, but it’s also essential to school performance more widely.

January 10, 2019
Losing Track of your Data

Losing track of your data?

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Under the new Ofsted framework, inspectors will now “ignore all tracking data” and from September 2019 Ofsted’s goal will be to view performance measures more in the context of the quality of education provided...

December 13, 2018
researchED Durham

Working out what works at researchED Durham

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By Andrew Pearson

The first conference of its kind in the North East brought together an assortment of thought leaders from the contemporary education scene...

November 24, 2018

Why assessment may tell you less than you think – Part 2

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By Rob Coe

In part 1 of this blog post, I posed five questions about these uses of assessments. I’m going to take these questions in reverse order...

November 21, 2018

Why assessment may tell you less than you think – Part 1

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By Rob Coe

I was inspired to write this blog by reading Harry Fletcher-Wood's book ‘Responsive Teaching’. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to any teacher who wants to make ‘formative assessment’ work in their classroom.

October 25, 2017

6 Tactics to help a child work on set tasks

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By Professor Christine Merrell

Children who are inattentive, hyperactive or impulsive are likely to benefit from an environment which is well structured and predictable. It is good for them to know what is going to come next.

Unexpected events, movements between lessons and anything where there are unexpected happenings can be difficult to cope with. It therefore makes sense to start the day by explaining what is going to happen...

October 18, 2017
Inattentive Child

Inattentive behaviour in the classroom

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By Professor Christine Merrell

It can be hard for even the best teachers to notice differences in the behaviour of one child in a busy primary classroom, even though responding to these signs can be the key to helping a child make good progress.

However, I hope that research by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University will be able to offer both new insights and practical help...

October 11, 2017
International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

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To mark the 5th International Day of the Girl on 11 October, we invited CEM directors to share their experiences of some of the unique challenges they have faced.

Professor Christine Merrell, Kate Bailey and Emma Beatty speak here about their achievements, their inspiration and motivation…

October 6, 2017
School Lamp

The unintended consequences of pursuing an ‘outstanding’

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By Mark Frazer, Teaching and Learning Lead, CEM

Although I now have the luxury of not being accountable to Ofsted, for ten years as a primary headteacher I attempted to navigate the shifting sands of successive inspection frameworks, coming under pressure from various stakeholders to achieve the coveted (by some) ‘outstanding’ judgement.

Since Amanda Spielman assumed the role of Ofsted’s Chief Inspector in January of this year, I have been greatly encouraged and reassured by the tone and focus of her speeches and how this differs to her predecessor...