Curriculum Development event

The British Educational Research Association is holding an event designed to support schools in developing a research-informed approach to curriculum development. Of note is the fact that the main speakers. The event is in London, but if you have a BERA member in your staff, there is a travel bursary of £75, and the price of attendance is only £30. There are some very eminent people leading … Continue reading Curriculum Development event

Metatalk about Writing – new ESRC-Funded project looking for participants

Are you interested in joining this research project? Working with 6 secondary English teachers, this study will investigate the impact of high quality classroom talk on KS3 children’s writing. Writing is a particularly demanding activity because it does not simply involve transferring words-in-the-head to words on paper, but involves making deliberate choices according to audience, purpose, and rhetorical effect. Although research suggests that metalinguistic understanding … Continue reading Metatalk about Writing – new ESRC-Funded project looking for participants

Education and Social Justice

Our autumn term EPRC/ Chartered College event in the autumn term was linked to our research lecture series, with Professor Michael Apple from the University of Wisconsin drawing on decades of teaching and research with disadvantaged young people. Information about the lecture is here: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=8354 Our follow-up seminar considered the implications of the lecture for teachers in our region – particularly the actions that teachers … Continue reading Education and Social Justice

Challenging narrow conceptions of ‘English’ – our BERA / Chartered College Conference

   In March 2019 we were delighted to host a one-day conference for the British Educational Research Association, ‘English in Education: Curriculum and Assessment’. The day was framed by concerns about the current English curriculum – particularly relating to GCSE specifications and the declining uptake of English at A level – as well as by Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman’s assertion that “too many teachers and … Continue reading Challenging narrow conceptions of ‘English’ – our BERA / Chartered College Conference

Why ‘what works’ doesn’t always ‘work’ in education

Any teacher who is interested in ‘evidence-based’ or ‘research-informed’ teaching will be aware of the work of the Education Endowment Foundation in bringing research ‘best evidence’ to teachers and schools. This is unquestionably a worthy aim. However, it there are significant risks related to the idea that we can determine ‘what works’ or ‘what works best’ in teaching – not least because we all have … Continue reading Why ‘what works’ doesn’t always ‘work’ in education