Category: Blog

Bradford Research School Launch

9 December 2017

On Thursday we hosted the launch of Bradford Research School in the stunning ‘heartspace’ of Dixons McMillan Academy. Here is what happened. […]

Author: Mark Miller
Posted on: 9 December 2017
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Why you might be getting feedback wrong! (part 1)

8 December 2017

What do we mean by marking? Marking: writing comments on children’s work for the purpose of giving feedback. There are lots of myths surrounding marking that might mean you’re not doing it right. […]

Author: Aidan Severs
Posted on: 8 December 2017
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Armed with Research: Learning from the Literacy Octopus

1 December 2017

Three independent evaluations of randomised controlled trials published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) suggest that providing light-touch support for teachers to engage with research is not an effective way to improve pupil outcomes. As a Research School with a desire to ensure that the best evidence finds its way to teachers in a way that has impact on practice, these findings obviously lead us to consider how we can best achieve this. […]

Author: Mark Miller
Posted on: 1 December 2017
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Sentence Combining to Improve Writing Fluency

20 November 2017

One of the seven key recommendations of the EEF’s recently published KS2 literacy guidance is to ‘Develop pupils’ transcription and sentence construction skills through extensive practice’. We look at practical strategies to address this. […]

Author: Mark Miller
Posted on: 20 November 2017
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What The Research Says About Primary Literacy Priorities In Bradford

31 October 2017

Over the last year the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) released their Literacy guidance documents for key stages one and two. There’s a lot of information in them to take in, but which aspects of it are most pertinent to Bradford schools? Of course, each school differs, but are there any common themes for schools in the Bradford area? […]

Author: Aidan Severs
Posted on: 31 October 2017
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Born in Bradford

16 October 2017

The Born in Bradford birth cohort study is one of the largest in the world. In this post we look at the massive birth cohort study and some projects that have implications for schools. […]

Author: Mark Miller
Posted on: 16 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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Research Schools: From Evidence to Practice

19 September 2017

As part of the Research Schools Network, Bradford Research School will work with local schools to support them to make better use of evidence to inform their teaching and learning. It’s an important role because there is an increasing amount of evidence available to schools but it isn’t always presented in a way that makes […]

Author: Mark Miller
Posted on: 19 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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