Category: Blog

Improving the Quality of Written Work at KS3

17 October 2017

With the reformed public exams at KS4 and KS5, the emphasis on coherent written communication has made improving the quality of writing a priority for the history department. A high level of sophisticated explanation and analysis is required to enable students to reach the top grades and we observed that many students were finding it very difficult to adjust to the new, more demanding written work that was expected of them. […]

Author: Alice Constable - Teacher of History, Sandringham School
Posted on: 17 October 2017
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New EEF report: Good literacy skills crucial to closing attainment gap in Science

17 October 2017

A review of evidence by researchers at the Department of Education, University of Oxford has been conducted for the EEF and The Royal Society with the core aim of ‘identifying the interventions and approaches for which there is evidence of a positive impact on young people’s learning outcomes, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds’. […]

Author: Kate Mouncey: Sandringham Research School Lead
Posted on: 17 October 2017
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Unconscious Bias?

10 October 2017

The start of a new academic year invariably leads me to reflect on the previous one. Whilst results and data inevitably play a key part in this process, actually my reflections tend to be broader; what went well and what didn’t. I also consider areas of my practice I want to develop and improve and […]

Author: Karen Roskilly, Sandringham Research School Lead
Posted on: 10 October 2017
Posted in: Blog, Evidence

Sandringham Research School Launch

4 October 2017

On Tuesday 3rd October, the Sandringham Research School welcomed teachers and school leaders from over 40 schools from Hertfordshire and the south east to its launch event.  At the event, we discussed the moral imperative of drawing upon research evidence to refine our teaching further to ensure all young people achieve at school.  We explored […]

Author: Dr Caroline Creaby, Sandringham Research School Director
Posted on: 4 October 2017
Posted in: Blog

What is ‘evidence-informed education’ and why are we loving it so much?

26 September 2017

As we commence our journey as a Research School, we can’t help but feel there is a real change taking place in education and we are hugely excited to be a part of it! […]

Author: Kate Mouncey, Research Lead at Sandringham Research School
Posted on: 26 September 2017
Posted in: Blog

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
Posted in: Blog

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
Posted in: Blog

Why research evidence matters in education

20 September 2017

Over a decade ago, I was involved in a project about students’ learning styles. In the mid-noughties, the language of learning styles was commonplace in schools but when I started to read up about them, other than a multitude of commercial companies selling their ‘expertise’ and training, I struggled to find much substantive evidence or […]

Author: Caroline Creaby, Director of Sandringham Research School
Posted on: 20 September 2017
Posted in: Blog

Welcome to the Sandringham Research School!

12 September 2017

Welcome to Sandringham Research School! […]

Author: Karen Roskilly, Research Lead at Sandringham Research School
Posted on: 12 September 2017
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Expanding the Research Schools Network

12 July 2017

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, today confirmed the 11 new Research Schools in Opportunity Areas. The announcement doubles the size of the Research Schools Network. From an original project with eleven schools, we have now grown to 22. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 12 July 2017
Posted in: Blog