Author Archives: Anna Vaughan

DfE update — NFER Teacher voice omnibus Research report July 2016

DfE update — NFER Teacher voice omnibus Research report July 2016

There has been much activity recently in the world of education, so I thought I would highlight some of the findings from this report (available to view here) — a survey of teachers’ and school leaders including topics of assessment, accountability and character. Almost 200 respondents from over 1500 schools completed the survey (the primary

Digital literacy tips & tricks: Literacy fundamentals part 2 — Reading

This is the second part of our short series of posts on literacy fundamentals. Catch up on part 1 — speaking & listening. In this post I’ll share some ideas for encouraging your students of different abilities to read. One of the aspects of the newspapers module, which is new to Discovery Education Espresso, is the fact that the printable

What to do with web 2.0 tools: Word clouds

At work I have a reputation for being a bit obsessed with word clouds. I do love them, but because I think they have great value in the classroom. If you’ve not encountered them before, I’m going to divide this post into word clouds that are created from prewritten text and those that are created

DfE update: Educational Excellence Everywhere

Educational Excellence Everywhere – a white paper from the Department for Education March 2016 The 128 page white paper from the DfE entitled Educational excellence everywhere, is described as setting out the Government’s vision for educational excellence. It goes on to state that ‘government will be disciplined in resisting the temptation to make additional requests’.

Educational research summarised: New vision for education

‘New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning through Technology’ published by the World Economic Forum The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, have just published this report as a follow up to their 2015 report ‘New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology.’ It positions technology as a

DFE Update – Teacher workload: Data management

Teacher workload: new measures announced During the NASUWT conference, the Education Secretary spoke of new measures regarding teacher workload. The workload challenge survey generated 44,000 returns by teachers. Three reports have been written under the areas of: Marking Planning and resources Data management The ‘reports make recommendations for schools, school leaders and Ofsted, as well

DFE Update – Teacher workload: Planning and resources

During the NASUWT conference, the Education Secretary spoke of new measures regarding teacher workload. The workload challenge survey generated 44,000 returns by teachers. Three reports have been written under the areas of: Marking Planning and resources Data management The ‘reports make recommendations for schools, school leaders and Ofsted, as well as to the government’. What

DFE – Teacher workload: Marking

During the NASUWT conference, the Education Secretary spoke of new measures regarding teacher workload. The workload challenge survey generated 44,000 returns by teachers. Three reports have been written under the areas of: Marking Planning and resources Data management The ‘reports make recommendations for schools, school leaders and Ofsted, as well as to the government’. What

DfE – grammar and punctuation SATS 2016

This post pulls together some key information regarding the forthcoming SATS test, featuring a new uplevelled test for grammar and punctuation. These uplevelled SATS will obviously be a challenge for schools to face this year, and through Discovery Education Espresso, we provide support for schools, teachers and students with our engaging resources. There will be

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