Teaching in Effective Primary Schools

Research into pedagogy and children's learning

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Paperback / softback, 220 pages, 234 mm x 156 mm
ISBN:
9781858565064
Published:
16 Sep 2019
Imprint:
Trentham Books

Price: £24.99

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Headteachers, teachers, parents, politicians and school governors have long been united in wondering how to produce effective teaching in primary schools - but they could find few reliable answers. This book changes that. Here, some of the UK's leading researchers into effective primary school provision combine qualitative and quantitative research findings to shine a spotlight on teaching in effective primary schools. They reveal the pedagogical strategies that are the hallmark of successful schools and bring these strategies to life through detailed observations of classroom interactions. Reading this book takes you into the classrooms of skilful teachers and describes inspirational teaching. The book offers accessible, multi-layered evidence for making learning more engaging and motivating for children, through better pedagogical practice.

  • Iram Siraj

    Iram Siraj is Professor of Child Development and Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She specializes in researching environments that enhance young children's learning.

  • Brenda Taggart

    Brenda Taggart is an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. Her background is in primary education, lecturing and research.

  • Pam Sammons

    Pam Sammons is a Professor of Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She is a leading authority on school effectiveness and improvement research.

  • Edward Melhuish

    Edward Melhuish is Professor of Human Development at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. He contributed to policy in the UK for families, early years services and education.

  • Kathy Sylva

    Kathy Sylva is Professor of Educational Psychology at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. She has researched extensively in the education and care of young children.

  • Donna-Lynn Shepherd

    Donna-Lynn Shepherd is Senior Research Assistant in the Research Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement at Coventry University. She is also Head of Maths and Progress Lead at Arc School Ansley.

CONTENTS: Foreword, by Sir Kevan Collins; Introduction: The flame of inspiration; 1. The research landscape and the Effective Primary Pedagogical Strategies in English and Maths (EPPSEM) study; 2. The methods of study; 3. Classroom organization and climate; 4. Clear objectives and behaviour management; 5. A mixture of learning approaches; 6. Plenaries, linking learning and homework; 7 The variations in classroom practice; 8. The influence of teaching quality; 9. Summaries and implications; References; Appendix 1: EPPSE Publications; Appendix 2: Chronology of the Department of Education; Index

'Key findings from the massive Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary & Secondary Education research programme are available for the first time in this accessible book. Anyone interested in improving primary education - whether in a single classroom, a school, or across an entire system - would benefit greatly from reading it.'

Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education

‘The history of education is littered with ideology, headline-grabbing here today, gone tomorrow policies and the hyped ideas of education gurus. Cutting through the fads and fashions, this book, by some of the UK’s most eminent education academics, gives us firm foundations for effective primary education.’

From the foreword by Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation

'Steers an accessible path through high-quality research and articulates clearly the classroom practice and behaviours that have the greatest impact. The depth, breadth and quality of the research is impressive. A fascinating analysis of classroom practice and behaviour that will inform and inspire those who genuinely want to make a difference and secure the best possible educational outcomes for all children. Teachers, School Leaders, Providers of Initial Teacher Training and ongoing CPD…take note!'

Judy Shaw, Headteacher and NAHT National President 2019-2020

‘The Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary & Secondary Education research programme was probably the most comprehensive study of pre-school, primary, and secondary schooling every undertaken in the UK, and the reports from the project over the last two decades have produced unrivalled insights into the long-term effects of effective primary schools, and what it is that these schools do differently. Now, for the first time, the key findings from this massive research programme are available in one accessible book, Teaching in Effective Primary Schools. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the EPPSE programme is the way that multiple sources of data - including sophisticated statistical techniques, data obtained from validated classroom observation procedures, and rich field notes from trained observers - are integrated to produce findings about the factors most closely associated with effective teaching in primary schools that are at the same time both rigorous and rich in detail. Anyone interested in improving primary education - whether in a single classroom, a school, or across an entire system - would benefit greatly from reading it.’

Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, UCL Institute of Education