Category: Blog

Conference report: “A Marked Improvement? Two Years On”

15 June 2018

We would like to thank Liverpool Hope University for hosting our annual conference. The speakers raised some challenging and stimulating questions regarding marking and feedback, and offered practical ways that schools could implement a variety of different forms of feedback. […]

Posted on: 15 June 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence, News

Hitting the Mark: Classroom based research into marking

15 June 2018

The University of Oxford are inviting submissions for an edited open access collection of research papers to be published online next year. If you have completed a school based research project into marking (as an individual, a department or a school) they would like to hear from you. […]

Posted on: 15 June 2018
Posted in: Blog, Evidence, News, Uncategorized

Has a solution to retention been found?

8 June 2018

Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School, discusses the problem of retaining early career teachers in light of the EEF evaluation of RETAIN: a one-year professional development programme for early career teachers teaching in Key Stage 1. […]

Author: Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School
Posted on: 8 June 2018
Posted in: Blog

NATE North West and Meols Cop Research School Teachmeet

3 May 2018

On Thursday 22nd February, Meols Cop High School hosted a Teachmeet event, organised by the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE). The Teachmeet events are an exceptional opportunity for teachers to share practice, discuss strategies and generally engage with like-minded teachers from around the country. […]

Posted on: 3 May 2018
Posted in: Blog, News

Making sense of metacognition

27 April 2018

Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School, explores how schools can use the latest guidance report from the EEF to understand not just metacognition and self-regulation, but how pupils best learn. […]

Author: Alex Quigley, Director of Huntington Research School
Posted on: 27 April 2018
Posted in: Blog

Is context king in school improvement?

24 April 2018

The EEF’s Families of Schools database provides a wealth of information to help schools learn from each other. In this blog post, James Richardson discusses how it can help schools understand and overcome their common challenges. […]

Author: James Richardson
Posted on: 24 April 2018
Posted in: Blog

Meols Cop Research School: 6 Months In

27 February 2018

Meols Cop Research School has been running for 6 successful months, so what have we been up to this term and what does the future hold? […]

Posted on: 27 February 2018
Posted in: Blog, News

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
Posted in: Blog, News

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
Posted in: Blog

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
Posted in: Blog, News