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Interesting reads…

29 March 2017

Mark Avis, Director of Maths, shares some of his recent research reads. These are some of the papers that have helped him develop his most recent trial on developing times tables fluency. […]

Author: Mark Avis
Posted on: 29 March 2017
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Fantastic Day on Day 3 of the Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistant Training

29 March 2017

Reflecting on enquiry visits on day 3 of the Making Best Use of Teaching Asssistants training. […]

Author: Megan Dixon
Posted on: 29 March 2017
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Developing a trial – Mark Avis, Director of Maths explains how he has developed a small control group trial….

29 March 2017

There is no doubt that children need to be able to use tables facts fluently and flexibly. Traditionally, the methods used to teach times tables have relied on speed and memory with activities ranging from rote learning of tables facts to weekly testing of tables, often with little actual teaching involved. As a primary school […]

Posted on: 29 March 2017
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Beware of the bias ….

1 February 2017

Beware of the bias …. an interesting article from Alex Quigley from Huntington Research School […]

Posted on: 1 February 2017
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Testing is often a dirty word in schools

30 January 2017

Testing is often a dirty word in schools – by Megan Dixon, The Aspirer Teaching Alliance […]

Posted on: 30 January 2017
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Times Tables – Business as usual?

11 January 2017

Times Tables – Business as usual, a new approach or a better balance?
We are currently recruiting schools for a small trial of using a more “conceptual” approach to teaching times tables as opposed to a “testing, speed and memory” approach.
If you would like to find out more about it and possibly get involved, read the outline below or email markavis@aet.cheshire.sch.uk […]

Posted on: 11 January 2017
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Mind Your Language

5 December 2016

Speech and Language impairment – Developmental Language Disorder Thinking about language… how do you know? Sometimes a study is published that makes you stop and think. Often it is a study that is subtle in its message and yet could have profound implications. I recently read one such study by Dr Susan Ebbels and her […]

Posted on: 5 December 2016
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Easypeasy – harnessing technology to develop school readiness in young children

5 December 2016

The Education Endowment Foundation Early Years Toolkit suggests that the effective use of digital technology for teaching and learning can be difficult to get right and we currently have limited evidence of the impact it can offer. A recently published EEF trial that compared progress for children using an online and offline version of a […]

Posted on: 5 December 2016
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We need to talk about Spelling – by Alex Quigley, Huntington Research School, York

5 December 2016

Cambridge Assessment released their ‘Aspects of Writing’ study on Wednesday to much interest. The full title of the research is the less tabloid-friendly ‘Variations in aspects of writing in 16+ English Examinations between 1980 to 2014’, but the headlines came thick and fast. The Daily Mail gave us:  ‘Sign off the times: GCSE pupils make […]

Posted on: 5 December 2016
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 Analysing the Gaps…

5 December 2016

As Hattie (2009) emphasises, the most important thing a teacher needs to do is to “know thy impact”. Every teacher needs to be finely tuned into the effectiveness of the learning in the classroom (for all children) and adjust accordingly. […]

Posted on: 5 December 2016
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