Reading and Research Bulletin 5

An occasional page of links that I think colleagues will find interesting.

Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3 Issue 4


1) A few blog posts and articles on assessment:

Inspection and the use of grade predictions from Ofsted’s National Director (Education) Sean Harford “…trying to work out how pupils will fare, in terms of predicted grades, is…a mug’s game at times of change in qualifications, and should be avoided.”

How do bad ideas about assessment lead to workload problems? from Daisy Christodoulou

Assessment in Education: Myths by Ben Wilbrink

2) A couple of posts about CPD

So what actually is incremental coaching? by Andy Buck

CPD and teaching quality; solution or emulsion? from Stephen Tierney

3) Study and motivation

We are beginning a series of workshops next week to help our year 11 HPAs in the run up to the exams, so I was very interested in this post What to do with year 11 revision? from Martyn Simmonds

and I will be using this Collection of resources about HPAs from Nina Elliot in the future.

4) Mindset and Psychology

We are implementing and evaluating growth mindset approaches across the school, so I am sharing this  Growth Mindset Collection from Alex Quigley (see also our collection here and posts that collegues have written about growth mindset Growth Mindset in PEGrowth Mindset and GRIT (a quest for better learning behaviours) and How can we support pupils who feel they always fail?)

A member of our Staff Journal Club (Reading Group) is a Psychology teacher, and she gives fascinating insights into the research that we read at each meeting. She recently shared the following articles, and they are both worth reading: Could the way we talk to children help them remember their science lessons? ;  Bruner Also, this TED article gives pause for thought: The two kinds of stories we tell about ourselves

5) Open-source/ collaborative Physics resources: 

One of the lovely things about “Edu-Twitter” is that there are so many teachers out there just trying to hone their craft, and who are willing to share the ideas they come up with. Here’s a couple of examples from Physics teachers.

Firstly, a collaborative doc from Alex Weatherall to gather ideas about teaching energy at GCSE.

Secondly, a beautiful “mastery textbook” in the making from Rosalind Walker

6) Posts about research in education

Two posts considering how, why and whether research should be used by teachers. Firstly, What works for what? from Sue Cowley, then Research Evidence or professional judgement? written (in reply) by Alex Quigley

A very readable summary of a recent meta-analysis of retrieval practice by the Learning Scientists: New Meta-analysis of 217 Retrieval Practice Studies via Nick Rose

Also Do Randomized Controlled Trials Meet the ‘Gold Standard’? from the What Works Clearinghouse (via Gary Jones)

7) Breakthrough in prostate cancer research

If you haven’t read about UEA’s recent breakthrough in cancer research (distinguishing between ‘tiger’s and ‘pussycats’) then you should. We read one of the group’s papers at our Science Journal Club, and we were very lucky that one of their researchers, Dr Dan Brewer came in to talk to our students.

If you’re interested in reading recent research papers with students, this resource (with linked research paper and questions) could be a starting point.

8) And finally…

When I was at school, I read Brave New World, and decided to try recording all my revision onto cassettes, so that I could listen to it when I slept. I did persist with it for a few years, but gave up after a while,  and had forgotten all about it until I read this article Why learning in your sleep is an idea that’s reawakening in the New Scientist.