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Murphy, Richard; Weinhardt, Felix; Wyness, Gill; Rolfe, Heather – Education Endowment Foundation, 2017
Lesson Study is a popular approach to teacher professional development used widely in Japan. It involves a small group of teachers co-planning a series of lessons based on a shared learning goal for the pupils, with one teacher leading the co-constructed lesson and their colleagues invited to observe pupil learning in the lesson. The team then…
Descriptors: Teacher Improvement, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries
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McNally, Sandra; Ruiz-Valenzuela, Jenifer; Rolfe, Heather – Education Endowment Foundation, 2016
Abracadabra (ABRA) is a 20-week online literacy program composed of phonic fluency and comprehension activities based around a series of age-appropriate texts. Four 15-minute sessions per week are delivered by a teaching assistant (TA) to groups of three to five pupils. This report summarizes the findings of a randomized controlled trial assessing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Phonics, Reading Programs
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Rienzo, Cinzia; Rolfe, Heather; Wilkinson, David – Education Endowment Foundation, 2016
Powerful Learning Conversations (PLC) sought to improve the feedback that teachers give to pupils in Year 9, by training them to apply techniques used in sports coaching. It is based on the idea that feedback in sports coaching is often provided immediately after a task is performed, and delivered in a way that children are more likely to respond…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Secondary School Students, Coaching (Performance), Athletics
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Rienzo, Cinzia; Rolfe, Heather; Wilkinson, David – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
The Changing Mindsets project sought to improve academic attainment by supporting pupils to develop a growth mindset: the belief that intelligence is not a fixed characteristic and can be increased through effort. Previous research (Good et al., 2003; Blackwell et al., 2007) has suggested that holding this belief enables pupils to work harder and…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Intervention, Workshops, Undergraduate Students
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Dorsett, Richard; Rienzo, Cinzia; Rolfe, Heather; Burns, Helen; Robertson, Barbara-Anne; Thorpe, Benjamin; Wall, Kate – Education Endowment Foundation, 2014
Mind the Gap sought to improve the metacognition and academic attainment of pupils in Year 4. There were two aspects to the intervention. The first involved training teachers in how to embed metacognitive approaches in their work, and how to continue to effectively and strategically involve parents. This training took place over a day and was…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Elementary School Students, Intervention, Teaching Methods