…Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #5; IV “Ensure TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom”

This series of articles explains how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently.  The seven recommendations are found in Section 5 of the report; This article discusses Recommendation IV:   In order to achieve this, the... Continue Reading →

How to NOT benefit from a visit to Stalham Academy; a warning to desperate heads

I am very happy that so many have taken an interest in the success of schools I have worked with. I am less happy to find that some visitors have disregarded the context of that success. Stalham Academy has recently issued a disclaimer email to schools whose staff have visited them following the Regional Schools... Continue Reading →

…Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #4; III “Use TAs to help pupils develop independent learning skills…”

This series of articles explains how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently.  The seven recommendations are found in Section 5 of the report; This article discusses Recommendation III:   The Guidance Report refers to EDTA... Continue Reading →

  …Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #3; II “Use TAs to add value to what teachers do, not replace them”

This series of articles explains how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently. In accordance with these recommendations, the ultimate objective of my work with Evolution Academy Trust is to “transform the way Teaching Assistants are deployed and supported, to help them... Continue Reading →

Making best use of … Leadership; Coaching & Cooperative Learning.

...lesson observations are often draining because outcomes seldom match the effort; observations often result in vague hints which are seldom followed up, rather than instantly applicable advice that actually improves life for teachers and pupils from the next day and onwards. Enter Cooperative Learning.

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #2; “TAs should not be used as an informal teaching resource…”

. This series of articles explains how Cooperative Learning will make the seven recommendations in the EEF Making best use of TAs Guidance Report a lived reality in your school, simply and cost-efficiently. . In accordance with these recommendations, the ultimate objective of my work with Evolution Academy Trust is to "transform the way Teaching Assistants are deployed... Continue Reading →

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants with Cooperative Learning #1

The seminal EEF Guidance Report Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants point out the often-unrealised negative impact of many TAs on attainment. This series of articles explores how one MAT uses Cooperative Learning to operationalise the seven recommendations found in that report. On their dedicated page, the Education Endowment Foundation introduces the topic of teaching assistants thus:... Continue Reading →

ASE London #1: Out of the Question …

It was a pleasure to attend yesterday's Association of Science Education's London and Essex Summer Conference "Supporting Learning for all in Science" at the Institute of Education, London. For someone like me, whose method deliberately targets achievement gaps, the title alone made coming irresistible. A special thank you to Sheila of ASE, who virtually singlehandedly... Continue Reading →

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