Research Projects

zxczcxWhat strategies can be used to improve students’ Problem-Solving skills?

Rationale:   In the new Maths GCSE higher tier paper, 30% of marks include a problem-solving element.  In my experience, this is something students noticeably struggle with as they are unsure how to tackle this style of question.  However, problem-solving as a concept is far reaching.  The Education Endowment Foundation’s report, ‘Improving Maths at KS2 …

zxczcxHow can we challenge the “engagement myth” and increase motivation

Why did you decide to undertake this project? What was it designed to achieve? With a continued whole-school focus on praise and a personal interest that I had in this matter, engagement was an area that seemed necessary to focus on in relation to student well-being and outcomes. GCSE results showed that girls out perform boys by around 12% (5 GCSE’s of …

zxczcxScience of learning: Interleaving (Long-term memory)

Interleaving means revisiting or reinforcing previous topics and switching between ideas. Rather than teaching topics as stand-a-lone, practice is distributed across multiple episodes. Evidence suggests interleaving can support long-term memory in the following ways: Help pupils to see the links, similarities and differences between ideas more easily. Builds long-term memory since pupils are required to switch between …

zxczcxScience of learning: Spaced practice (Long-term memory)

Spaced Practice involves studying the same information over multiple sessions rather than cramming it all into one. Through doing this pupils review material in short bursts over a long period of time rather than in a single massed amount of time. This gives their minds time to form connections between the ideas and concepts so …

zxczcxScience of learning: Knowledge Organisers (Retrieval practice)

A useful tool to aid retrieval practice are Knowledge Organisers. These are fact focused, and present information in an easily digestable format in order to help construct schemas. When referred to regularly, in a planner manner, they can greatly aid working memory and explicit vocabulary instruction. It is essential to think carefully how these are …