Category: Blog

Evidence based revision strategies

25 January 2018

On Wednesday 24th January we held our first venture into assessing the evidence around effective revision strategies. With an examination structure at both GCSE and A-Level based around linear exams it is now, more than ever, crucial to ensure that students are trained and exposed to the most effective evidence based strategies for preparing for […]

Posted on: 25 January 2018
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Embedding enquiry based practices on the “ground”

4 December 2017

In June 2016 we embarked upon our first Meols Cop Research Conference. With staff across school undertaking small scale research projects in 2015/16 and some staff being part of national research trials we were keen to showcase our work and continue to push evidence based enquiry with schools across the North West. […]

Author: Leon Walker
Posted on: 4 December 2017
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What is FLASH marking?

16 November 2017

This is a school-developed approach in which teachers give skills-based feedback rather than grades in KS4 English. All of the skills required to access the top band of GCSE English and English Literature performance have been translated into short codes that teachers use when marking work. These codes are also used in lessons to explicitly teach these skills. […]

Author: Sarah Cunliffe
Posted on: 16 November 2017
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Can hotel room numbers become mobile phone numbers?

3 November 2017

When I first started to look into retrieval practice some useful examples were provided to me by the learning scientists. How memorable something is can be described in two ways, as retrieval strength and as storage strength. The learning scientists @AceThatTest discuss the differences between the two here. I found the above diagram particularly useful. […]

Posted on: 3 November 2017
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Reducing Workload Conference – An Evidence Based Approach

5 October 2017

In the summer term we held our second research conference, the first out of school in a local hotel and the first as a designated research school. We were lucky to have some great speakers on the bill as well as some fantastic contributions from our own Meols Cop staff. […]

Posted on: 5 October 2017
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Evidence-based guidance for improving literacy

22 September 2017

One of the challenges when trying to use research evidence to improve teaching practice in schools can be the amount of evidence to wade through, and its inaccessibility. With this in mind, guidance reports from the EEF do some of this heavy lifting for you. And a key part of the role of the Research Schools Network is to turn these guidance reports into training programmes that help schools use them in practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Aiming high for quality CPD

22 September 2017

The Research Schools Network aims to put the use of research evidence into the hands of schools and practitioners. One of the three main strands of its work is training, offering CPD that uses the best research evidence to challenged existing practice. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 22 September 2017
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Expanding the Research Schools Network

12 July 2017

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, today confirmed the 11 new Research Schools in Opportunity Areas. The announcement doubles the size of the Research Schools Network. From an original project with eleven schools, we have now grown to 22. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 12 July 2017
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Expanding the Research Schools Network

12 July 2017

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, today confirmed the 11 new Research Schools in Opportunity Areas. The announcement doubles the size of the Research Schools Network. From an original project with eleven schools, we have now grown to 22. […]

Author: Jonathan Haslam
Posted on: 12 July 2017
Posted in: Blog