I recently read several blog posts by @headguruteacher, a secondary school Headteacher who has a fantastic blog about his work. One of the posts that particularly caught my eye was the one that shared the research his school development is based on. It would be a great idea if every school shared theirs so that we could all dip into different research papers and link with those who were endeavouring to develop and embed the ideas.
So in the interests of sharing, I thought I would list the research that we base some of our work on.
- For our grammar work, we draw very heavily on Debra Myhill’s research. More than anything, her work has helped us to think about the type and quality of talk that surrounds grammar teaching and learning as well as the idea that it is the impact on writing that is important.
- Our work on growth mindsets has been very influenced by Carol Dweck and Jo Boaler (with thanks to the maths team).
- The model of CPD that we have found to have a significant effect on the quality of teaching and learning is the lesson study model. I love the way that it is about little tweaks to teaching that can have a significant effect on individual children. I also love the fact that it focuses on children and their learning not the teacher and their performance.
- For writing, our favourite piece of research is Transforming Writing which focuses on embedding formative assessment in the writing process. This has had a very real impact on how we teach writing.
- In spelling there is not one piece of research that stands out as being the key driver but several. Anyone who has seen our publication No Nonsense Spelling will recognise word study as being one of the key ideas behind it as well as the use of research into the importance of morphemes.
- In reading we use a wide range of research. Reciprocal Reading is a key component of the 2014 national curriculum and is a key tool to be dipped into. We believe guided reading is a key strategy that teachers of reading need to use to meet children’s needs. This document is a really useful summary of the research in this area.
We have also used:
- John Hattie’s Visisble Learning
- Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion 2.0 and Reading Reconsidered
- Shirley Clarke’s Outstanding Formative Assessment
- The Sutton Trust was very influential in the projects that we run each year
- Mckeown and Beck’s work on vocabulary instruction. This is probably an area that will grow if the reading tests at the end of the key stages continue in their present guise.
What are the key research papers that you use in your school?