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Hanley, Pam; Slavin, Robert; Elliott, Louise – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Thinking, Doing, Talking Science (TDTS) is a programme that aims to make science lessons in primary schools more practical, creative and challenging. Teachers are trained in a repertoire of strategies that aim to encourage pupils to use higher order thinking skills. For example, pupils are posed 'Big Questions,' such as 'How do you know that the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Science, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
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Gorard, Stephen; Siddiqui, Nadia; See, Beng Huat – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Fresh Start (FS) is a catch-up literacy intervention for pupils at risk of falling behind their peers in early secondary schooling. It provides systematic and rigorous practice in phonics so that pupils are at an appropriate level to join the mainstream group after completion of the intervention. Pupils are assessed and then grouped according to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, Literacy Education, At Risk Students
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Lloyd, Cheryl; Edovald, Triin; Kiss, Zsolt; Morris, Stephen; Skipp, Amy; Ahmed, Hashim – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Paired Reading is a peer tutoring programme in secondary schools which trains teachers to support and encourage the regular tutoring of Year 7 pupils (aged 11-12 years) by Year 9 pupils (aged 13-14 years). The Paired Reading programme aims to improve pupils' general literacy in addition to speaking and listening skills. This is achieved by pupils…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Reading Aloud to Others, Peer Teaching
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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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Worth, Jack; Sizmur, Juliet; Ager, Rob; Styles, Ben – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
The project, "Oxford Improving Numeracy and Literacy Programme," was delivered by Oxford University Department of Education. This evaluation tested two different initiatives with Year 2 children: "Mathematics and Reasoning" and "Literacy and Morphemes." The "Mathematics and Reasoning" programme aimed to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Numeracy, Program Evaluation, Elementary School Mathematics
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Lord, Pippa; Bradshaw, Sally; Stevens, Eleanor; Styles, Ben – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
The Perry Beeches Coaching Programme aimed to improve the reading and writing skills of Year 7 pupils with low levels of attainment in four English secondary schools. Across the project, 16 coaches were employed to provide academic support to pupils who had not reached level 4c in English at the end of Key Stage 2. Originally it had been intended…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Coaching (Performance), Secondary School Students
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Maxwell, Bronwen; Burnett, Cathy; Reidy, John; Willis, Ben; Demack, Sean – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
This report evaluates a developmental project designed by School 21 and the University of Cambridge to improve Year 7 students' oracy skills. The project involved developing an Oracy Skills Framework, which sets out the physical, linguistic, cognitive, and social-emotional oracy skills required by students for education and life. Other components…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Secondary School Students
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Gorard, Stephen; Siddiqui, Nadia; See, Beng Huat – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an approach to teaching in which students participate in group dialogues focused on philosophical issues. Dialogues are prompted by a stimulus (for example, a story or a video) and are based around a concept such as 'truth,' 'fairness' or 'bullying.' The aim of P4C is to help children become more willing and able…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Group Discussion, Dialogs (Language), Teaching Methods
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Miller, Sarah; Gildea, Aideen Gildea; Sloan, Seaneen; Thurston, Allen – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
This is a report of a pilot study of the Physically Active Lessons (PAL) programme, which was piloted in five primary schools in Hertfordshire between February and July 2014. PAL involves adapting lesson plans to combine short bursts of physical activity with academic content. The study had two aims: (1) to explore the feasibility of adapting a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Physical Education, Physical Activities
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Jerrim, John; Vignoles, Anna – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
The Mathematics Mastery programme is a whole-school approach to teaching mathematics that aims to raise attainment for all pupils and close the attainment gap between pupils from low income families and their peers. The programme aims to deepen pupils' conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts. This summary is based on two randomised…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Gap, Low Income Groups
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Vignoles, Anna; Jerrim, John; Cowan, Richard – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
The Mathematics Mastery programme is a whole-school approach to teaching mathematics that aims to raise attainment for all pupils and close the attainment gap between pupils from low income families and their peers. The programme aims to deepen pupils' understanding of key mathematical concepts. This evaluation assessed the impact of Mathematics…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Gap, Low Income Groups
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Jerrim, John; Austerberry, Helen; Crisan, Cosette; Ingold, Anne; Morgan, Candia; Pratt, Dave; Smith, Cathy; Wiggins, Meg – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
The Mathematics Mastery programme is a whole-school approach to teaching mathematics that aims to raise attainment for all pupils and close the attainment gap between pupils from low income families and their peers. The programme aims to deepen pupils' conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts. This clustered Randomised Controlled…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Achievement Gap, Low Income Groups
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Haywood, Sarah; Griggs, Julia; Lloyd, Cheryl; Morris, Stephen; Kiss, Zsolt; Skipp, Amy – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Act, Sing, Play (ASP) offered music and drama tuition to Year 2 pupils. The aim of the programme was to evaluate whether music workshops had a bigger impact than drama workshops in terms of pupils' maths and literacy attainment. The evaluation was based on the hypothesis that participation in high-quality music instruction promotes educational…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Drama Workshops, Workshops, Singing
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Humphrey, Neil; Barlow, Alexandra; Wigelsworth, Michael; Lendrum, Ann; Pert, Kirsty; Joyce, Craig; Stephens, Emma; Wo, Lawrence; Squires, Garry; Woods, Kevin; Calam, Rachel; Harrison, Mark; Turner, Alex; Humphrey, Neil – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) is a school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that aims to help children in primary school manage their behaviour, understand their emotions, and work well with others. PATHS consists of a series of lessons that cover topics such as identifying and labelling feelings, controlling…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Elementary School Students, Self Management, Student Behavior
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Biggart, Andy – Education Endowment Foundation, 2015
Quest is a whole-year group approach to teaching English in Key Stage 3. Pupils are grouped according to their current level of reading comprehension, typically with smaller classes for the lowest attaining groups. Key components of the programme include: an emphasis on collaborative (or 'co-operative') learning; a requirement that participating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, English Instruction, Secondary School Students
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