Reading Time: Approx 2mins

It is perennially difficult during term time to make space for some interesting reads that offer insight into the teaching profession, and it’s easy to feel you have missed out on too much.

So if you are going to spare some of your much-deserved summer holidays catching up on the things that may have passed you by, it makes sense to make sure what you read is accessible, readable and helpful.

This is a small selection of some of the blogs we have enjoyed that might give you new ideas, confirm old ideas or offer a different perspective. An added bonus, it will only take around 20 minutes to read the whole lot.

5 Tips for creating a more evidence informed school

Stephen Tierney - @LeadingLearner

What’s it about?

You can always expect to read something considered and sensible from @LeadingLearner. This post explores some fundamental aspects which schools can address in creating a more evidence-informed culture, including some things that can be achieved in time for the start of the new academic year.

Why should I read it?

It offers an insightful, optimistic and practical approach to encouraging dialogue in schools.

How can we measure and report progress meaningfully?

Tom Sherrington - teacherhead

What’s it about?

This post from Tom Sherrington offers a no-nonsense review of some of the conceptual issues of progress. It highlights some of the problems around measurement and comparability across subjects. It also offers broad categories and ways of viewing the assessment of attainment and progress.

Why should I read it?

It explores practical, real-world ways of reporting pupil progress and attainment in an authentic and meaningful way - It's a clear, sensible and sound explanation of issues and solutions.

Designing Learning Experiences in an Evidence-Informed Way

3 Star Learning Experiences – Mirjam Neelen & Paul A. Kirschner

What’s it about?

Many people will already be familiar with Paul Kirschner’s Urban Myths about Learning and Education, in this blog post Mirjam Neelen and Kirschner explicitly explain the differences between ‘evidence-based’ and 'evidence-informed’ practice, as well as highlighting the need to be aware of different types of evidence.

Why should I read it?

It offers a straightforward step-by-step ‘How to…’ guide for working in an evidence-informed manner

Meta-Analysis and Its Discontents

Robert Slavin - Robert Slavin’s Blog

What’s it about?

The post offers a useful caution on how meta-analyses can be misleading. Slavin highlights the importance of readers to require more information and suggests the need for some discussion around standards for meta-analyses.

Why should I read it?

As evidence-informed approaches take on greater importance, Slavin makes a complex issue clear, comprehensible and enjoyable to read.

And finally...

What to do when faced with a ‘tsunami’ of expert-opinion

Dr Gary Jones - Evidence Based Educational Leadership

What’s it about?

Dr Gary Jones explores the role of research evidence in practical reasoning and thinks about the circumstances in which we should accept so-called ‘expert opinion.’

Why should I read it?

This post highlights seven tests of expert opinion and advises how they can be applied. It cuts through the hype and offers practical advice in a sensible point-by-point manner.

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